Really by now I shouldn’t be surprised that the New York Post and its stable of “journalists” routinely misrepresent and distort facts and quotes in order to manufacture enough controversy to sell that rag to the unsuspecting masses who may not realize what the Post is up to or be quick enough on their feet to grasp that they’re being sold lies and not news.
So when The Post’s chief spin-doctor, Marc Berman, called the Knicks’ marketing department “presumptuous” for selling season tickets early to capitalize on the hopes of fans that the Knicks might land LeBron James, I couldn’t contain my laughter nor my indignation.
Notwithstanding that Berman may have a point, for him to call anyone “presumptuous” is the most egregious example of a pot calling a kettle black I think I’ve ever witnessed. Berman’s Knicks coverage is built on presumption and I didn’t have to wait that long to find an obvious example.
Within a few minutes of his “presumptuous” tweet, Berman posted about a presumptuous piece of drivel as you could ever care to read, entitled “D’Antoni: Gallinari showing signs of Darko.” Since even the casual observer knows that (even though he’s struggling) Gallinari is worlds better than Darko, my interest was piqued. The thrust of the piece is that Gallinari is showing some of the same disheartening trends that led Mike D’Antoni to give up on Darko Milicic.
Judging by the headline, you would expect a quote from coach Mike D’Antoni comparing the two players. You didn’t get that. You got a quote from D’Antoni saying:
“The rookie wall?.[sic] Did he hit it?…I don’ know. I don’t believe too much on that stuff. Obviously he’s got to turn his motor up. You have to be emotionally invested in the team or otherwise your game suffers. This game is too hard.”
So how did Berman make the leap that D’Antoni compared Gallinari and Darko? From an old quote from D’Antoni about Darko, that had nothing to do with Gallo:
“It’s an easy concept. You play really well, you play. If you’re saying you have a lot practices where you dominate and I don’t play you, I find that hard to believe.”
Really, an accurate headline would have been “Berman: Gallinari showing signs of Darko”, not “D’Antoni: Gallinari showing signs of Darko”. But chalk that up to Berman and the Post’s presumptuousness. And I understand that the “journalist” doesn’t pick the headline, but in this case, the headline was an accurate description of the trifling body. Both were misleading.
What are the presumptions?
1. That the quotes about Gallo and Darko are similar. They are not. The context of them isn’t even remotely comparable.
2. That the question and Mike D’Antoni’s response were designed to evoke a comparison between the two.
3. That you, the fans, are stupid enough to buy into Berman’s nonsense.