Journalistic professionalism

It quickly became apparent during my two outings to The Oval and Lord’s that there are certain “do’s” and certain “don’ts” in the press box, and at press conferences. I thought there would be; I wasn’t expecting a free-for-all and a punch-up if your question got ignored. Although that’d be fun…

Someone clearly lacking any dignity is Val Thomas, writes Ryan:

After Ganga’s answer, Thomas wasn’t satisfied so he followed up by asking Ganga who his “Godfather” was, an obvious reference to team selector Joey Carew. The idea was to embarrass Ganga because Morton was not selected in the final XI.

As an accredited journalist covering the Test, Thomas has the right to ask any question. But, in his haste to make Ganga uncomfortable, he only served to embarrass himself.

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This is the problem with what passes for journalism in the Caribbean and Thomas is certainly not alone. There’s a Thomas in every country, a so-called journalist who puts on hometown blinkers and refuses to see rhyme or reason.

Thomas is a disgrace to the profession. A parochial, narrow-minded individual who decides to be disruptive because it serves his own insular interest.

Strong words, and he’s not alone either.