Goold, "I just don't think you can say that it's always wrong."
Goold is a Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I don't have anything personal against him and didn't know anything about him before yesterday since I don't follow baseball.
The transcript at the end of the article includes all the comments from the ridiculous rant. Approximately 75 percent of Goold’s words in the discussion was in defense of the media.
As far as Stalter and Duncan, they seemed to be on target and somewhat shocked by the reaction of Goold. The hosts of the show attempted to loop him into the conversation about the recent incident at Mora's press conference. Just in case you don't know, a media member was talking on his phone while Mora was speaking about the recent death of player Nick Pasquale. Of course subsequently, Mora walked out of the conference after some verbal exchanges with the person. Everyone I've heard so far has applauded Mora and not defended the media.
While Stalter and Duncan did pry Goold to say that he would not answer the phone in that specific situation, Goold used the opportunity to carry the conversation on for over two minutes with off-base comments like "not all press conferences are created equal" and "I just don't think you can say that it's always wrong".
Duncan even had to tell Goold, “I think in this situation this guy may have been out of hand talking while Jim Mora is crying and he’s talking about a player that just died.”
Duncan had to tell Goold, “I think in this situation this guy may have been out of hand talking while Jim Mora is crying and he’s talking about a player that just died.”
It seems obvious that he missed the point. Why did he go on about "not all press conferences are created equal"? Goold then went on to contradict himself again on Twitter. After multiple attempts to reason with him, I finally tweeted to the egocentric reporter, "you're way out of touch with reality".
Goold responded on Twitter, "because I keep my phone on vibrate & don't answer during pressers I'm ..." and he retweeted my message. But he said much more than that on the radio show as you can read his exact words below. Why did he go in a defensive mode for the media?
The Mora presser was just about the worst situation to talk, but media personnel should already have the etiquette to never talk during a press conference and that does relate to this situation. If certain media members practiced manners on a consistent basis, then they wouldn't have to choose what news conferences to treat differently.
I really don't understand why Goold felt the need to defend the media. Maybe, he had a bad day. Maybe, he just wanted to argue. Maybe, he just has an attitude and needs to get off his high horse. But a simple answer would have sufficed such as "I would never answer my phone at a press conference".
All media should practice simple manners and respect in every situation so they won't slip up at the worst times. In my opinion, it's time for some to come back down to planet Earth.
You can read the transcript below and listen to the podcast here. It's rather obvious to me that the show's hosts were bothered by Goold's comments.
The show played audio from the press conference video and the hosts discussed it before asking Goold's opinion.
Transcript of conversation on 101.1 ESPN Radio The Turn September 10, 2013:
"There's no easy transition to this. Derrick Goold now joins us on the hotline. Derrick I would assume that when you're walking into a press conference following a game or before a game you turn off your phone?"
"No, I mean I don't."
"No why would you turn off (your phone)? You put it on vibrate."
"Okay well you put it on vibrate. The bottom line is you don't pick it up... If somebody calls."
“No, No, I mean it all depends too. Not all press conferences are created equal. You can't paint with a broad brush. Some press conferencs are announcements to say Tony Larussa is retired. I'm not going in there with an off phone or an off laptop, because I got to write as he's talking. We have to... media is a constant 24-7 news cycle now, because of Twitter, blogs and websites and everything like that. And sometimes we’re expected to report at real time to keep up with the MLB networks and ESPNs that can run the press conference real time. So I understand what you're going for here, because the tone there is way off and the timing was way off, but not all press conferences are created equal.”
“I think in this situation this guy may have been out of hand talking while Jim Mora is crying and he’s talking about a player that just died.”
“Absolutely, yeah I just don’t think you can say that it's always wrong. That situation it was inappropriate. You’re a reporter. Some guys may not believe me when I say this. You’re a reporter sure. You’re a human first. I’ve been told otherwise a few times. But I always think your humanity comes first and you’re respectful in this situation, but I don’t think you can say all press conferences are like that. You just have to know the tone and be respectful of what’s going on at that time. I think whether that was a press conference, a dinner, a lecture, two friends talking over coffee, it’s inappropriate to take the phone call. It’s not the press conference that makes it inappropriate.”
“Let me clarify. I wasn’t suggesting that. I didn’t set that up very well there Derrick. Not all press conferences are created equal. I was trying to loop you into the conversation about this specific situation.”
What about those Cardinals Derrick?