Well, do not worry.
"Japan Times" is not so important media in Japan.
Even one of my friends, an native English speaker, who is teaching English at one of the most prestigious university in Japan,
says the newspaper is not worth to pay.
She said it's a kind of newspaper for snobbish Japanese men who want show off "I can read English!".
Okay, again, Jack Gallagher did not insult or slam Adelina in the piece. His criticism was directed at the judges and the ISU. I'm not defending him bringing up a dead horse, but it seems unfair to keep saying he did something he did not.
How much more does he have to do to qualify as "direct insult"? "Yuna Kim robbed of a second gold" "What should have been the pinnacle of a fantastic campaign descended into farce..." "The sad show brought new meaning to the term “home cooking”..." "another miscarriage of justice." He spends four paragraphs on this controversy that has next to no relation to the article he's writing.
Of course, maybe I didn't make it clear enough: Gallagher being insulting isn't the biggest issue. The biggest issue: the article is badly written. Ranting for four paragraphs on an unrelated topic is a just a poor way to structure your writing. He could've written: "Adelina Sotnikova, who controversially won Olympic gold ahead of South Korea's Yuna Kim, will headline the NHK Trophy..." He can mention the controversy, no problem, because the gold was controversial. Spending that many paragraphs talking about it makes him sound like a rabid fan who can't see past his own fandom. The GP series isn't about Yuna.
But he didn't say Adelina robbed her of the gold, though. i mean I'm not saying this column was all that great or is an example of great sports column writing, however, I do recognize who he is directing his missives at.
And as I said earlier, I really think it was just a quick recap of the last season and his way of saying, okay this is what happened let's move forward. Now did he use this writing device well? Not really. There are probably better ways to transition to the season ahead, but I think it was just poor writing structure we're seeing here.
In addition, I really think he is outraged at the judging and is not a rabid Yuna fan. He's written plenty about other skaters too. YMMV, though.
Actually, I thought this column he wrote about Akiko Suzuki winning Japanese nationals and Murakami getting on the Olympic team was really nice: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2.../#.U78FL41dXCk
Last edited by Mrs. P; 07-10-2014 at 04:34 PM.
Oh, I'm sure he's more mad at the ISU than Adelina. But a guy who spends 4 paragraphs on her controversial win certainly sounds like he'll seethe every time he sees her picture. Which is fine. I suspect I'd seethe if Michelle Kwan were robbed at the Olympics. The problem is he couldn't keep his personal feelings out of an unrelated article.
I dunno if he is a rabid Yuna fan. I said it "makes him sound" like one. I agree with you--it's poor writing structure. Poor writing structure that makes him sound furious and unprofessional.
I'll repeat what I said about the Hersh article: Having done good work in the past doesn't excuse a journalist from having to continue to produce such work in the future. (Also, the part about Arakawa is confusingly worded--it could be read as her being the oldest to win Japanese nationals, or the oldest to win the Olympics... but the latter is obviously untrue. I'm not sure about the former).
As you can probably tell by now, I'm a stickler for good writing. My feelings there are even stronger than what I feel for skating. Hence why I'm very critical of bad articles. However, if I were being paid to write a column on skating, hopefully I wouldn't spend four opening paragraphs ranting about apostrophes before getting into the GP series.
Both Mrs. P & Sandpiper are making excellent points as usual. Having said that, why not just ignore Gallagher and...excuse the expression...let it go?
(just to be clear: that's a rhetorical question & isn't directed @ Mrs. P or Sandpiper or anyone else )
My main point was not to pin the guy as some sort of Adelina hater because of his rambling on the judging.
I also appreciate good writing and I also write for a living. I think we agree it was poorly written.
But was it Adelina slam piece? Hardly. At least to me.
eta: I don't have anything else to say..so to quote Mr. Gallagher, "move on, we must!" Sorry, skatedreamer, there was no way I was going to use another Frozen reference!
Last edited by Mrs. P; 07-10-2014 at 05:02 PM.
And my main point is, I don't know if he's an Adelina hater. The article makes him sound like one (to me), which doesn't speak well about the quality of the writing. But we should probably take Skaterdreamer's advice and let it go. At this rate, we'll start discussing the components of journalistic writing and start going as off-topic as Gallagher himself.