Long Time Nemesis™
- Sep 17, 2012
I think that this is distorting the real issue. We're not trying to establish an answer to the question "is Murdoch a greasy fucker?" We're trying to establish whether that has an observable/measurable sporting impact. The most compelling hypothesis of how this would work seems to be that media portrayals of different players can influence referee decisions about diving/simulation. I will say, however, that when this has been brought up on the forum in the past, the suggestion is that xenophobia is at work (English saints versus foreign devils), rather a targeted operation against specific club(s). There is a far cry between those two, and that mechanism is precisely what needs to be hypothesised. Contentious penalties/non-penalties seem to be the easiest element to isolate but somehow we can't find a consistent and reliable source of that data, even though it is far easier to obtain than content analysis of thousands of hours of media.[...]
1st What kind of objective, factual, evidence could possibly exist to prove, beyond all reasonable doubt (and not relying on opinion) that Murdoch controlled media has an anti LFC slant?
You absolutely can control against researcher bias. The expectation can never be 100% objectivity (which has always been a convenient myth anyway), but a carefully constructed research design is meant to mitigate against researcher bias. Almost certainly there are generally agreed-upon metrics and analytical devices used for assessing bias in media reporting. Making those kinds of assessments should be neither difficult nor controversial (with the exception of that delightful section of the population that are 'post-truth'ers, but fuck them).As a piece of scientific research it's pointless to even attempt it. You can't control the unconscious bias element of any human researchers as they embark on the project or any that they will develop during the period. The results would still be able to be refuted with a simple "in your opinion"!
I would also like to push back against this idea that the research project would be so unwieldy and large that it could never be attempted. Perhaps not by a bunch of random schmucks having arguments on the internet, but there would be a strong investigative journalism interest in uncovering systematic distortions to the refereeing of Premier League games. So either we conclude that 1.) corrupt officials use their influence/resources to suppress that journalism, 2.) all media are Murdoch shills, or 3.) somehow no journalist has ever thought to ask these questions before. Dismissing all those, no one believes that there is smoke and fire to indicate a systemic problem. If that is an 'Emperor's New Clothes' situation, then I would encourage y'all to make a pitch to a newspaper editor somewhere and sell them on the fact that they have their head in the sand.