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Negativity in the media hasn't helped so far. So why not change it?

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The Vancouver Media.

While they're serving the public and the information is in demand, they sometimes cross the line and/or dwell in the negative. Either by making up stories, misreporting them to serve their agenda or by merely exposing what the Canucks would like to keep under wraps.

While a story is a story, they sometimes forget about the effect the story might have on the team that is in fact their main source of income in this town.

If they say it all has little to no effect on the team, they're lying. Depending on the story, the team/franchise could be hurt significantly to varying degrees.

Most recently, Rick Rypien, who was supposed to have the flu at the time, was reported to be in a bar with Kevin Bieksa.

So... Why do we need to know that? Is this important? Are Canuck players not allowed to do that? Are we supposed to think that Rypien is somehow not a good teammate because of that? Because that's what the media is portraying when they go on-air to say that out of the blue.

The only reason for reporting that Rypien was hanging out with a teammate in a bar (time, place and reason unknown) is to shed him in a even more negative light than the one shone on him last Tuesday. There is absolutely no other reason to report it. Only absolute negativity. Totally needless reporting. If you can call it reporting instead of rumour-mongering, that is.

And then let's go back to how Mats Sundin was (How dare he!) hanging around in Whistler instead of working his tail off in Vancouver during the 2009 all-star break. Afterall, the 'saviour' wasn't doing much to save this team at the time. He needed to shape up, dammit! What was it, a week of ripping Sundin's apparent laziness and lollygagging about in Whistler? Nevermind that he was in fact working out every day. The talk got so bad that Mike Gillis had to come on-air to defend Sundin's actions and after some forehead-knocking, Pratt and Taylor's reaction was, "Oh. Well i guess that makes sense."

And this is a daily thing with the local media in Vancouver. Afterall, a story is a story, right? Who cares about taking responsibility for how the information (or lack of it) might be portrayed?

However, it's not all local media to be certain. A lot of negativity comes at us from good ol' TO. TSN and the CBC are generally not Canuck fans and any negative story regarding the team will come to the forefront in most instances. Augergate and Maclean's ripping of Burrows' character comes to mind. Certainly the same comments wouldn't be made of the immortal Tie Domi, even after he delivered a sucker elbow to Scott Niedermayer in the playoffs. And don't forget about Cherry going on record to call Bure a 'Russian weasel' in the playoffs and start talks about how he wouldn't play in the finals unless he got a new contract. Meanwhile, Doug Gilmour gets dryhumped be the same man on-air. It never ends.

Even a story from the TO Maple Laffs' website directly and most certainly negatively affected this team. The leaked trade rumour involving Burrows, Bieksa and Tampa Bay's 1st rounder in 2009, which ended up being Vic Hedman. That leaked rumour sparked Burrows and Bieksa to question Gillis' actual intentions and the Canucks to promptly complain about the video to the league. I mean, why in the hell does Brian Burke open his yap about this on the Laffs' website when it has absolutely nothing to do with the Laffs? This is just an example. And they wonder why we hate TO so much.

Anyway, i could go on forever with examples about how negatively the Canucks have been portrayed over the years.

No, we can't control what the outside media says about the Canucks, but we sure could change things locally.

Since we're talking about all the things tried in the past that just haven't worked, like how playing Luongo a ton of games during the season hasn't worked, how about we get the media in this town to, oh, i dunno, be just a little bit more positive?

And i don't mean the sarcastic "This just in: The Vancouver Canucks will be Stanley Cup champions" version of 'positivity' that the media might portray now and then, but honest-to-goodness positivity. Heck, if they think it's just too mushy to report about, then forget all the outright homerism. Just try to eliminate some of the outright negativity. It'll be a start.

Because all that negative crap reported in the past?

Yeah, it's been 40 years. And it hasn't helped.

Time for a change.

-TOMapleLaughs


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They're doing it on purpose, actually. It's a league wide conspiracy involving the North American media, Gary Bettman, Ted Saskin, and Glen Beck, financially backed by the Illuminati, for the most part.

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40 years.

Two cup final losses.

Our cup is not running over.

Can't spin it out as a rainbow day.

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Actually it wasn't even a bar, it's was a restaurant/pub (they were getting dinner) but like you said the negative media puts their own spin on things. That's why I rarely read local media anymore. to depressing. good read.

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Because people's lives are generally boring and unfulfilling. They want to hear about other successful people failing to make them feel better. Newspapers are BS anyways, I can predict the headlines of every newspaper from tomorrow and there on after:

Local:

Someone got shot, gang related. It was a targeted shooting, nothing to worry about.

Provincial:

Some pedophiles were caught with 5000 pictures of child porn.

Some teacher, police officer, person of authority is found having sex with some underage person.

World:

Scientist reveals something startling about the changing climate.

Some middle eastern country shot and killed a bunch of people from another middle eastern country.

Sports:

Canucks win, cup is coming

Canucks loss, Luongo struggles, gets blame for the entire teams loss

Just swap out the names in the stories and your golden!

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with the technology we have now, this allows a broader scope of voices to view their opinion. if it seems the team is bombarded by scrutiny, it's because we the fans are now enabled.

the media will always be the media... the cream always rises to the top gentlemen...

a good example is when everybody was out to get coach av a couple years ago. he was literally nailed to the cross by the media and the public at large. i am impressed to what he did and how he handled the situation. i am equally impressed with the moves he did this year to get secondary scoring with burrows being out of the line up.

to me AV = A Coach For Life!!!

with the quote unquote, "goaltending controversy" brewing just recently is widely untrue... luongo is in it for the long haul with us and it's just a matter of how he deals with it... if a little line juggling helps puts w's in the win column, it wouldn't hurt to do the same in between the pipes. the real controversy is within luongo himself. it's really up to him.

once he gets passed this, there is no doubt Luongo could = to Legend...

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This is Canucksfan1983 and I approve this messege!When has Negativity ever helped a bomb squad defuser? If it helped the guy to be negative, you would think they would assign someone to be right on top of him yelling things like, "You can't defuse this bomb, ya JACKA$$!" Come to think of it, did it help poor ol' Happy Gilmore?

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Negativity is a state of mind. This article clearly shows the spiral that some people can create with their negative listening, before they've even begun speaking.

Negativity can sometimes be portrayed by fans with rose coloured glasses who refuse to acknowledge the realities and facts of the situation.

Bashing TO for negativity is simply a distraction. TO is not responsible for any negativity and blaming them is a sign of insecurity. Let them do what they do - for cyring out loud, they're over 3,000kms away! What does it matter?

If you are a fan who truly believes, this will all be water off a duck's back. If you don't truly believe, perhaps there's the first place to look at when considering who is actually being negative.

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It is true that Vancouver sports media are for the most part a bunch of pathetic little nerds with squeaky voices. What a bunch of chumps... it is truly embarrassing. I feel for any of the players that play here with these local media dweebs constantly asking the same lame questions. It must become so tiring after a while.

To any of the local media dorks reading this:

A: Get a deeper voice

B: Get a grip

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these guys in the media only have their jobs because other people in suits who know and care nothing about the Canucks feel that they are the best to serve the market and therefore profitable. Blaming the media for the negativity is divulging ourselves of the responsibility for our own negativity. Mike Gillis has tried so hard to change the culture of this team and city but the bottom line is it is we who are responsible for it's failure so far up to this point. If we the fan became more positive, the corporations that control the media would ensure that this is the outlook they portrayed in order to serve their audience.

Go Canucks Go

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