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Roundtable: Censorship In The Media, The Next Clippers Owner, & Popular TV Shows

The NCB Roundtable is back! This week the No Coast Bias crew tackles censorship in the media, who should be the next Los Angeles Clippers owner, and the most popular TV shows they DON’T watch.

1. What do you think is the appropriate balance between the traditional media outlets “censoring” some of their work and providing a more raw look at the stories they cover? See one of our site’s latest stories regarding the very subject titled “Consider The Source: Are You Really Getting The Full Story From Traditional Media Outlets?

Seth Morris –
Six corporations control over 90% of the media in the US. Obviously it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these parent corporations are going to have a large influence on how controversial news is reported.

Mike Hart –
Fair question. I think there’s a fine line on what should and shouldn’t be reported. Major scandal, player safety issues, trades, cuts, etc., those should be reported without delay and without censorship. If the facts are omitted, then I think the “journalist” isn’t doing their job.

But do we need to know everything about a particular issue? What’s the value in knowing a player was traded or transferred to the New England area because he wanted an authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich? Like anyone else, these athletes can sometimes have silly reasons as to why the do what they do.

Even in this age of constant contact and continuous information, we have to know when to say enough is enough. When it comes to traditional journalism (not format wise), give me the 5 W’s & 1 H and a quotable source over gossip and “anonymous” sources any day of the week.

Corey Rockower –
Treat your readers with respect. I don’t think most readers expect writer to go “all out” on every topic but it doesn’t mean you need to sugar coat or deceive. Lay out the facts as objectively as possible, and know that if you withhold information that surfaces eventually, you will lose credibility with your readers.

Sam Hoppen –
I would like to see a balance that gives me 75% of the “censored” and “fluff” pieces and 25% uncensored truth. As a fan, it’s always great to hear the positives of sports and my teams to give me a little extra security about how my team is doing. On the other hand, it’s nice to have a different perspective that actually showcases what our team could improve on or what the real issues are the face our team. We don’t need to get rid of the “fluff” because it’s comforting to us fans, but I always respect a journalist who can stand out from the rest and take the other side.

2. If you could sell the Los Angeles Clippers to one person, who would you prefer that person be and why?

Seth Morris –
Charlie Sheen, but only if he moves the Clippers to Vegas.

Dave Feit –
I dunno. Let’s face it, the bar is pretty low here. You need to be a) filthy rich, b) willing not to run a horrible franchise, and c) not a racist. As I see it, those requirements basically rule out Daniel Snyder, David Glass, and possibly Mark Cuban. Otherwise, anybody will be an improvement.

Mike Hart –
Does ownership in the NBA really matter other than not having a Sterling-esque person in charge? So..I guess my answer is any not-racist person.

Corey Rockower –
Ordinarily I’d day Magic, but it wouldn’t look right with him being the subject of Sterling’s conversation that got him in this mess to begin with. So I’ll say Larry Ellison, he has deep deep pockets and has shown substantial interest in owning a team in the past.

Sam Hoppen –
For me, Magic Johnson seems like the best choice. He’s got experience owning a sports franchise in the LA Dodgers and knows the LA market well because of this and his Lakers history. Johnson (and Guggenheim Partners) can continue to make the Clippers franchise grow and be even more successful.

3. What uber-popular TV show (i.e. Breaking Bad, The Wire) are you NOT a fan of?

Seth Morris –
The Big Bang Theory. I’m 96.4% sure that making terrorists at Guantanamo Bay watch that show for hours would be more effective than water boarding.

Dave Feit –
I’ve never watched Downtown Abbey, and I simply cannot imagine there being anything in that show to capture my interest.

Mike Hart –
The Walking Dead – I was turned off during the first season when they were banging on the CDC’s door. That moment seemed so hokey and outta place compared to the previous episodes, that I immediately turned away from the series. But now that Mad Men is on break until 2015 and Game of Thrones is nearing is season finale, I’m struggling to identify a show to watch over the summer. I guess I could do something productive like, I don’t know, write things, but that’s just crazy talk right there buddy.

Corey Rockower –
Can’t say I’m “not a fan” of Game of Thrones because I’ve never watched a single episode, but I don’t have any desire to start watching.

Sam Hoppen –
Game of Thrones. Not a fan of the whole fantasy world scene. I’ve heard many great things about it, but I don’t find it that appealing. I’m more of a House of Cards fan myself. *knock on wood*

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