Interested in the Lugnuts' opinions on this story. Apparently Tom Bowles of SI was fired for clapping in the Daytona Press Box watching Bayne's "historic" win. Some debate as to whether he was actually fired for the clapping itself (as was reported apparently many people in the press box cheered - several warned but no others fired) or if it was his indignant self-defense on twitter days later.
Here is the link to Bowles own story: http://www.frontstretch.com/tbowles/32940/
I find this whole thing a bit hypocritical. Many folks are pointing to DW and the rest of the announcers blatant rooting for drivers as a worse offense but technically they are not journalists and do not abide by the "ethics" of journalism (oxymoron?). However, DW and the rest aside, any one who follows the traditional media kinda knows who favors who - one of our "favorites" (NOT) is always biased towards Junior for example.
Taking the argument that there should be no emotion in the press box further, then isn't openly crying when Dale Sr. died the same thing?
They are all biased, and I would hope they are all fans too. I believe what they should be judged on is the product they produce to be read. Bowles article was fair and unbiased.
I think a possible ugly undercurrent to all of this is might be the traditional media using Bowles as a scapegoat to clean house. NASCAR allowed citizen bloggers into the mix two years ago and the traditional media has been gunning for them ever since (Bowles was not a citizen blogger). Several media outlets reported that the media center and press box have lost their "professionalism" and bloggers are seen as biased fans pretending to report on the sport. I really hope this isn't the case but given how threatened the traditional media has acted I would not be surprised.
What do you guys think about all this?