I think you are misreading my stance.So you accept that there'll always be players who muck up and reporters who chase the story. But let's face it, the players don't even have to muck up for there to be a story.
Can you see how they blow it out of proportion with NRL players? Particularly when there are other 'newsworthy' event that are getting less coverage?
Do you think a handful of players complaining about getting their flu shots is more 'newsworthy' than a team breaking distancing laws? In the latter case, the media won't even name the players involved.
Do you think players camping together is more 'newsworthy' than players partying, drink driving and smashing up cars? According to the news I watch, camping was far more irresponsible.
Can you see the imbalance?
FTR, I only watch national news (online and TV), I don't read much local news. On TV, I find ABC (channel 24) news covers national and international events well. My only criticism is they are based in Melbourne and have an AFL bias, which I doubt they are even aware of.
I am not saying there isn't an imbalance.
I am just saying that because there is one it doesn't render the actions of RL players as not being news-worthy.
Nor does it make the stupid actions of those thing unreported by other codes as not being news-wothy.
What it clearly show is a decided difference in the quality of journalists and journalism across the different codes.
I have long thought that RL suffers from dumb arse journalists being scandal hunters and rumour mungers with little ability to concentrate their efforts on informative comments on the game itself. Our coach escaping severe criticism and remaining in his job is testimony to that fact.
Not withstanding any of the above Mitchell, JAC & Cleary's actions were of a type that would / should attract media attention but the articles should have been more clinical instead of something akin to a soap opera which is very often how our reporters do it.
So the actions of players and their gross stupidity with posting on various social media outlets is the attractant and they have no-one else to blame than themselves for that but the quality of the reporting is pathetic and typical of the dumb f**kers that report and comment on RL.