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EYE-BALL’s “SNOOP POOP” on – Women journalist writing about Men’s Sport – – they had better be good –

February 3, 2013
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– Women journalist writing about Men’s Sport –
– they had better be good –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 3rd Feb 2013 |

Women journalist choosing to write about men and their sport is a gender divide not yet accepted – not by this blogger anyway.

Snoop Poop blogged about the The Shane Warne on-field Episode by The Age’s Chief cricket writer – namely Chloe Saltau some weeks ago and she has come back for more.

Again she dips her quill in ink she is not qualified to use.  She has picked Shane Warne again to vent her hormonal weakness and in response it is time to do some research on Chloe Saltau.   How dare she think herself qualified to try and tear down an Australian legend.

Her stories come with links to promote her personal profile – not something normally used by journalist, but if you’re struggling to get creditability in a new gig – ‘by all means necessary’ right!!!

Her linked profile has this to say –

Chloe Saltau is the chief cricket writer at The Age, regularly covering international cricket and providing news, comment and analysis on international cricket. She joined The Age as a trainee in 1998 and spent several years writing for general news (chiefly as a social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues) before moving to sport.

A social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues – then thrown in as the ‘Chief cricket writer’ for The Age.

‘The Age’ is Melbourne based – home of Shane Warne for decades from where he played his Shield and Test cricket – you would think the Melbourne media would be friendly and respectful.

Saltau wrote the following piece yesterday – make your own judgement …

Warne’s time may be up after season of discontent


| Author: Chloe Saltau | Date: Feb 3rd, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

The spinner’s latest antics may mean he has played his last elite game, whether he likes it or not, writes Chloe Saltau.

EVEN if Shane Warne wanted to return to the Big Bash League, there is no guarantee the Melbourne Stars would have him back.

As Warne penned the first part of his plan to save Australian cricket last week, the Stars worked through meetings with players to review the season. Teammates are divided in their attitude towards Warne; some stand by him, and are prepared to put his tantrums (both in public and private) down to passion and frustration with a team that didn’t live up to its on-paper potential. Others have simply had enough of him.

How did it come to this? How did one of Australia’s greatest cricketers, a legend who was worshipped, especially by the Stars’ younger players, fall from favour? How did one of cricket’s few genuine celebrities, whose presence boosted crowds and television audiences for the new league and brought sponsors flocking, take some of the lustre off the Stars’ ”brand”?

Many of the answers have been well-documented but one incident helps explain how some of Warne’s teammates lost patience with him.
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Warne is said to have berated the Stars’ English import Luke Wright after a game at the Gabba. The captain had called Wright, who was out of position, into a catch that Warne himself was better-placed to attempt, then demanded to know why the Englishman didn’t go for it.

Off the field, the Stars are trying to salvage a partnership with the Transport Accident Commission after neither was made aware of a speeding fine Warne clocked up in Scotland in September.

Warne fronted the TAC’s Home Safely campaign with Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch. The TAC is this week expected to hand down a penalty to the Stars, which could range from a heavy fine to ripping up the contract.

Routine season reviews are under way with commercial partners Jenny Craig and Energy Australia, and the feedback is that they are happy with their association with Warne and the Stars.

Warne, with friend and Stars president Eddie McGuire by his side, met chief executive Clint Cooper last week to talk about the season.

Though friends of the 43-year-old are under the impression he has played his last game of competitive cricket – he is expected to be involved in television commentary of the Ashes next summer – Cooper said neither Warne nor the Stars had made a decision about the future. ”He hasn’t made up his mind, we definitely haven’t made up our minds, but we’re working together, and I just think the dust needs to settle,” Cooper said.

”He was as disappointed as anybody with the way we finished.”

The Stars scraped into the semi-finals, then suffered a last-ball defeat in Perth. Warne, who had served a one-match ban for his part in an altercation with Marlon Samuels, failed to turn up to a second Cricket Australia hearing after he handed over the captaincy to avoid being rubbed out a second time for a slow over rate. On Twitter, he shifted the blame to the Stars, claiming he didn’t know about the rule.

Cooper said Warne’s relationships at the Stars were intact, and that he had been hugely important to the team and the BBL.

”He’s a different type of leader but he’s team-first and trying to get the best outcome,” he said. ”Probably some people mightn’t perceive that.

”It’s premature for me to say I’ve spoken to all 20 players on our list, all management and all staff, and got a fair opinion of what’s going on. But we all knew going in that there’s Shane Warne and then there’s the team, there’s a lot of Hollywood around him … It’s a unique circumstance compared with what most players are used to.

”I don’t think there’s been damage to relationships, things are said in the heat of battle on or off the field but the sign of a good team is one that can move on from those.”

Though Mike McKenna, CA’s executive general manager (commercial), who runs the BBL, acknowledged ”some things happened that we wish hadn’t happened”, Warne’s enduring celebrity, even as he spun out of control in the final month of the season, suggests the league would have him back.

The three biggest crowds in season two were for Stars games. Warne’s team also had the best TV audiences, featuring in six of the games rating in the top 10, while opponents pulled more viewers when they played against the Stars.

Warne was paid about $1 million over two BBL seasons, including a marketing fee from CA. Despite venting his spleen about the ”muppets” running Australian cricket, he could yet be asked to stay involved in a non-playing capacity.

Whatever happens, Warne’s latest missives suggest he won’t fade into the background.

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Warne has obviously moved on from his Test cricket days – a new wife, a new lifestyle, yet he still has the pulling power with Australian fans and Cricket Australia pay him handsomely to bring the fans through the turnstiles 

Why would a social media reporter given a prestigious cricket writing gig set about making her name by bagging one of Australia’s, and the Worlds best cricketer ever?

Women writing on male sport – what does it say – particular when their creditability has not been established.

I blame The Age editors – what were they thinking.

If one scrolls down Saltau’s column and read the comments to her on-line stories – there is nothing complementary, it is all anger and rage about Saltau and the focus of her story.  She obviously touches the raw nerves of men who doubt a women’s objectivity to write about Australian male heroes, but in attacking Warne from her level of understanding about the game can only make her a laughing stock.

Saltau looked at Warne’s on-field behavior and made a judgement call without understanding the art of ‘gamesmanship’, or the tension the game carries when pressures build. In other words as a women she has no understanding of men’s cricket and the juices that flow when combat happens. She just saw what she though was an ‘ugly’ moment and blamed Warne for that moment.  To be objective in her slant against Warne – what has she written about Marlon Samuels part in the altercation?

A male cricket journalist would not be so ‘girlish’ in the interpretation of the events. When Lillee and Miandad had a bat threatening issue many watching understood the moment – women who saw it did not understand and only saw the facial threats – the same with Saltau’s take on what happened.  The fact that her editors allow her diatribe to go through to the printing presses says as much about them as it does about media coverage in general.

To all cricket fans – watch the whole video below and decide for yourself if Chloe Saltau knows what she is talking about.

Please if you either agree or disagree – Saltau wants to hear from you – she is big on people giving her feedback – her e-mail is linked here csaltau@theage.com.au, she also has Twitter links via the above linked story.  I have sent her a link to this blog hoping she gets a message that will make her a better journalist.


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