Courier-Journal tweet mocking Jurich reaffirms anti-UofL bias

Are you people at the Courier-Journal really serious?

Someone at the C-J sent out a tweet Friday morning with a photo of a prostitute sticking $50 bills in a bra with the question, “Should Tom Jurich get a Hometown Hero banner?”

The tweet is accompanied by a post by Jeffrey Lee Puckett on the online site suggesting a banner for Jurich could somehow appease UofL fans if the school is forced to relinquish the NCAA banner? Yes, that Jeffrey Lee Puckett, the music critic and part-time sports fan, the one who boasted he was a Kentucky fan before he quit being a UofL fan.

Is the corporate mindset at the Gannet outlet really that much out of touch with the community? Did the placement of the original photo, which was removed after two hours, really reflect the staff’s contempt for UofL? For Tom Jurich?

Or was it just someone trying to be cute, stooping to a new low? Is the CJ’s goal simply to attract attention, no matter how trite or tasteless, regardless of who is negatively impacted?

Sadly, one must conclude the answer has to be yes for all of the above questions. The Courier-Journal is not your grandfather’s newspaper, the one that won all those Pulitzer Prizes under the Binghams.

Some of the negative coverage could be expected given the fallout from the alleged activities of former player Andre McGee and the results of the forensic audit. However, the C-J news side has gone overboard the last five years, prompting many to conclude the newspaper has been on a vendetta.

Starting early on with tying former UofL President Jim Ramsey’s administration to some thefts by a couple of employees to hyping the efforts of Steve Beshear trustee appointees to derailing Ramsey later on. The negative coverage has been relentless, so blatantly anti-UofL in so many instances.

The latest tweet hardly comes as a surprise, confirming what many UofL supporters have known all along.

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Maybe irrelevant, most likely coincidental, but certainly interesting that Wes Jackson, president of the C-J during this period, is a former University of Kentucky football player. Fortunately, he has moved on to USA Today’s automotive sales business, a far cry from journalism.  Unfortunately, he will still be in the same building, consorting with his same co-workers.

The C-J web site makes it impossible to determine whether there are any graduates from the UK School of Journalism on the staff. Andrew Wolfson, who usually covers UofL, attended Colorado College. Columnist Joseph Gerth and reporter Philip Bailey are Louisville grads.

As previously noted here, the Courier-Journal prides itself on providing almost 50-50 coverage when it comes to UofL vs. UK athletics. However, the C-J provides very little coverage of other UK activities, relying primarily on wire service coverage. The result is a vacuum of coverage on other UK issues.

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To his credit, UofL beat writer Jeff Greer tweeting Friday morning that he had expressed his displeasure with the Jurich tweet to his superiors.

More Than A Game

By Charlie Springer

People being much too reserved in their predictions and comments. Are fans looking forward to Sunday’s matchup or are they dreading it?

Kentucky has fattened up a 13-3 won-lost record with schools few people knew even existed before this season started. How about Ouachita Baptist, Mississippi Valley State, and  Longwood? They have basketball teams, too? What do you learn about yourself playing teams like Virginia Military Institute, Florida Atlantic and Delaware State? A freshman-dominated Indiana University team?

Not much.

Louisville limps in with an 8-3 record, having learned quickly that it doesn’t faintly resemble the third ranked team in the nation. Surprising losses to Western Kentucky, Minnesota and Nevada-Las Vegas. Cockiness has been replaced by uncertainty, the future clouded by doubt, and an ugly offensive attack plagued by poor field goal and free throw shooting.

Are the Cards as bad as they looked against UNLV?  Probably not.

All of which adds to the unknown and drama of Sunday’s showdown. No time for reflection. It’s much more than a game, and everybody knows it. You had better come to play. Win or lose, everybody has to live with the outcome for quite a while.

Make all the ugly K baseball caps, the UK car flags, the fat Wildcat shirts go away. Make them disappear.