USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

Post by Fiona McQuarr » Fri, 19 Apr 1996 04:00:00


There is a brief item in today's Toronto Globe and Mail saying that the
USFSA has said they will not accredit Christine Brennan to cover any USFSA
skating events. The reason given was her "Inside Edge" book.
The sports editor of the Washington Post (Brennan's employer) said that
they (the Post) would decide who covers skating and not the USFSA.

I must admit I was sort of puzzled by this, as the book has been out for
a couple of months. Surely if the book was so shocking and horrible and
destructive to figure skating, the USFSA would have done something before
the competitive season that just ended. Anyone know what's really going
on here?

Cheers, Fiona

P.S. I must add of course that I think this is a totally ridiculous move
on the USFSA's part. It makes them look far worse than anything Brennan
could have written.

 
 
 

USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

Post by Traz » Sat, 20 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>There is a brief item in today's Toronto Globe and Mail saying that the
>USFSA has said they will not accredit Christine Brennan to cover any
USFSA
>skating events. The reason given was her "Inside Edge" book.
>The sports editor of the Washington Post (Brennan's employer) said that
>they (the Post) would decide who covers skating and not the USFSA.

>I must admit I was sort of puzzled by this, as the book has been out for
>a couple of months. Surely if the book was so shocking and horrible and
>destructive to figure skating, the USFSA would have done something before
>the competitive season that just ended. Anyone know what's really going
>on here?

I don't think the USFSA has a problem with the book itself (or at least
the book isn't the real reason for this "ban").  However, I believe the
USFSA is probably more upset about how Brennan has used her book to make
herself into a "skating expert" in the eyes of the media.  During the week
of the Worlds, she appeared on an ABC show featuring a story about Rudy
Galindo (Prime Time Live?) and made some remarks about the judging at U.S.
Nationals.  Basically, she felt that Rudy should have been first after the
short program-- she stated her opinion as if it were fact (she did this
alot in her book also--please don't ask me to quote specific page
references!!! :-) ).

If she had some experience in the skating world (i.e. as a judge or a
competitor), then maybe she could be considered an "expert."  I think the
USFSA is afraid that her opinions (especially about judging) will be taken
as fact by the casual skating fan.  The ban is their way to try and
silence her.  Of course, their methods will backfire (I think I hear the
presses being set into action for another printing of "Inside Edge")!!

Teresa

 
 
 

USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

Post by Charles E Newm » Mon, 22 Apr 1996 04:00:00

: >The sports editor of the Washington Post (Brennan's employer) said that
: >they (the Post) would decide who covers skating and not the USFSA.
: >

     And that is the LEGAL RIGHT of the Washington Post. The USFSA can NOT
prevent her from buying a ticket, attending the event, and then writing
about what she sees. The USFSA has NO RIGHT to do this. The Post is a
privately run business, and they have the right to hire whomever they choose.
That is CENSORSHIP, and I think the "Anonymous Commentatoors" would be interes-
ted in this one. They HATE censorship, and if you have EVER seen their
posts on the Communications Decency Act, you would believe it. I am going
to send then a copy of your post. This is something they would LOVE to
get their hands on. Mail is a lot slower than news, so it may take a few
days for my mail to reach them.
     It would seem to me that the Washington Post could file on HELLASHUS
lawsuit against the USFSA over this one. The Washington Post is CLEARLY
having it's rights violated by the USFSA.

 
 
 

USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

Post by Louis Epste » Tue, 23 Apr 1996 04:00:00


:
: : >The sports editor of the Washington Post (Brennan's employer) said that
: : >they (the Post) would decide who covers skating and not the USFSA.
: : >
:
:      And that is the LEGAL RIGHT of the Washington Post. The USFSA can NOT
: prevent her from buying a ticket, attending the event, and then writing
: about what she sees. The USFSA has NO RIGHT to do this. The Post is a
: privately run business, and they have the right to hire whomever they choose.

Press accreditation,however,is press accreditation.Promoters and arena
operators do seek to limit what ticket buyers can do(limits on photos etc)...
Campbell Tour tickets I've seen have boilerplate on the back banning you from
doing all sorts of things(they do NOT say "void if altered",and I routinely
cross out a word that if strictly interpreted would prevent me from telling
a friend I had been there and enjoyed the show in the course of a telephone
call;no one ever looks).

: That is CENSORSHIP, and I think the "Anonymous Commentatoors" would be interes-
: ted in this one. They HATE censorship, and if you have EVER seen their
: posts on the Communications Decency Act, you would believe it. I am going
: to send then a copy of your post. This is something they would LOVE to
: get their hands on. Mail is a lot slower than news, so it may take a few
: days for my mail to reach them.

Except,Chuckie,you ARE "them".All of them!!

:      It would seem to me that the Washington Post could file on HELLASHUS
: lawsuit against the USFSA over this one. The Washington Post is CLEARLY
: having it's rights violated by the USFSA.

Not so clear.

 
 
 

USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

Post by Traz » Wed, 24 Apr 1996 04:00:00



: >The sports editor of the Washington Post (Brennan's employer) said that
: >they (the Post) would decide who covers skating and not the USFSA.
: >

Quote:
>> And that is the LEGAL RIGHT of the Washington Post. The USFSA can NOT
>>prevent her from buying a ticket, attending the event, and then writing
>>about what she sees. The USFSA has NO RIGHT to do this. The Post is a
>>privately run business, and they have the right to hire whomever they
choose.
>>That is CENSORSHIP,

{remainder of post snipped for brevity}

Chuckie...  you misquoted me.  It was Fiona who posted the quote re: the
Washington Post.  I believe she was paraphrasing what was written in an
article in the Toronto Globe and Mail.  

 Teresa

 
 
 

USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

Post by Christopher Jefferso » Wed, 24 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Not that they aren't within their right to withhold press credentials,
Lou. Rather, it is so monstrously stupid a move as to rank right up there
with the Sally Jessy Raphael show or the Invasion of Kuwait. All that
happens is that the press people circle the wagons around Ms. Brennan,
screaming "first amendment" at the top of their lungs.

This was dumb. So dumb that it's time to hire Scully and Mulder to see if
U.S.F.S.A. isn't being controlled by the Alien Greys.

I'm off to "alt.anarchy". CYA later,

Chris

 
 
 

USFSA Bans Christine Brennan

Post by Charles E Newm » Wed, 24 Apr 1996 04:00:00



: : >The sports editor of the Washington Post (Brennan's employer) said that
: : >they (the Post) would decide who covers skating and not the USFSA.
: : >

: >> And that is the LEGAL RIGHT of the Washington Post. The USFSA can NOT
: >>prevent her from buying a ticket, attending the event, and then writing
: >>about what she sees. The USFSA has NO RIGHT to do this. The Post is a
: >>privately run business, and they have the right to hire whomever they
: choose.
: >>That is CENSORSHIP,

: {remainder of post snipped for brevity}

: Chuckie...  you misquoted me.  It was Fiona who posted the quote re: the
: Washington Post.  I believe she was paraphrasing what was written in an
: article in the Toronto Globe and Mail.  

:  Teresa

  I did NOT mean to misquote anybody.