About UCLA Beat Reporters Coddling Karl Dorrell

Bumped from the diaries. Personally I have tuned out Dohn when it comes to his commentary on UCLA after he told us a college coach should get 6 years to prove himself at a program. That was an asinine take and it gave me the impression this guy jus doesn't know a lot about the game. I still respect his reporting and the information he provides on a day to day basis. However, when it comes to giving big picture commentary on state of UCLA football program he just doesn't have a lot to offer, and I have a feeling he is going to find himself in position where he will be catching up with rest of us. Good for 66 to expose him this way. GO BRUINS. -N

Dohn Answers My Question. And, I respond below.

Here's the bulk of his answer from his website:

"Here's the deal: I am not going to ask all my questions so everyone else can get the answer every time. I often pull Dorrell to the side and ask him questions. Now, if he does not want to give me an answer the way I want it, I'm not going to sit there and by childish and keep asking a question and demand he give me an answer. I have to deal with him every day, so there has to be a relationship there. My idea of covering a team is not to try and bully a person, but rather give that person respect. So when I ask him what he can do to maximize Rasshan's talents, or why he chose to throw on fourth-and-1 at the Notre Dame 32, I listen to his answer, then decide whether it is worth reporting or move on to an assistant coach or a player for a different, sometimes better, take on the matter.. But to suggest writer's don't ask tough questions because you didn't hear it during a press conference is a blatant lack of understanding of how this profession works. Just because you don't hear a question asked doesn't mean it wasn't asked." Here's my response: "Sorry, I don't buy your answer about the relationship between the press and the stories and people they cover.

When a reporter tries to get a straight answer out of a politician, is he acting like a child or doing his job?

Is there no place in sports journalism for hard hitting reporting?

Will you lose your place in the press box and the free food that's provided if you ask hard questions, follow up, and/or write commentary?

From what I get from your answer, you need to maintain that relationship -- even at the expense of getting to the facts.

I guess, "It is what it is".

I know everyone here likes Dohn.

But, I think his answer is condescending -- sort of "Reporting 101".

I think he's an apologist/tool.

His ploy is to dole out a few tid bits here and there to create the impression that he's got behind the scenes info to share -- but he has bought into the excuses for mediocrity, hook line and sinker.

He's the one propounding the "injuries" excuse -- has he ever asked how and why so many players have been injured? Has he ever questioned our strength training program? Or, why we left starters in against Utah? Or why, with our O line, we keep running pass plays when we know our pass blocking sucks?

He's the one saying we are 4-2 and it's premature to be thinking about dumping KD -- without explaining why Utah and ND are not enough. (Or for that matter a body of work that is mediocre at best.)

The role of the press is not to be friends with everyone. The role is to seek the truth and report it. If you want to be popular, you become an ice cream man -- not a reporter.

The great reporters of our time somehow are able to get to the truth without sucking up to people far more powerful than KD and DG.

I know my views about Dohn will be unpopular here -- but I view his column the way Fox views the Times. He's fishwrap.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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