Originally posted by TheFunkyChicken:
I have my issues with Ratto as a writer, but I am NOT bothered about how critical he is of the team. People around the zone don't seem to understand the difference between journalists and fans. We're fans, and so it's our job to be optimistic and talk every off season about how we'll probably win the division even thought we haven't had a winning off season in 7 years. Ratto is a journalist, and it's his job to be critical of the team's actions, and them out when they screw up or lie.
Now, I personally think the Matts are much better journalists. But I understand that they try harder to maintain a good relationship with the team so they can keep their access and thus, won't be as openly critical. So, IMO, it's good that we have both journalists like the Matts that are close with the team and journalists like Ratto and Kawakami that are willing to go after the team. Often, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Actually, Ray Ratto is NOT a journalist, he is a commentator.
I am a professional broadcast journalist.
A journalist writes about the facts. If he or she is a good writer, then s/he writes about the facts in an entertaining way that gets people to pay attention.
In the case of a sports team, if a writer purports to cover that team, then he should write about both negative AND positive things concerning the team. There is no question but that the 49ers have many positive things going on with the team. Yet Ratto NEVER writes about those aspects of the team.
The difference between a journalist and a commentator is that a journalist actually works to find out the facts and then to relay them to his readers/listeners/viewers. A commentator simply expresses his own prejudices, judgments and attitudes to anyone who will watch/listen/read his articles.
In other words, Ray Ratto is NOT a journalist. He is nothing more than a commentator.
Webzone should stop posting his articles. The Chronicle should just get rid of him.
[ Edited by longtime49erfan on Jun 7, 2009 at 19:46:36 ]