I believe critics worth their salt are those with the humility to, in the first place, also take stinging jabs of criticism as failure to do that would smack of hypocrisy. Pharisees!
I, therefore, learnt with interest that seasoned broadcaster Steve Liwewe reportedly told a radio during the week that he felt the current generation of sports journalists are half-baked.
Half-baked or not, everyone is entitled to their opinion. We need the humility to respect the opinion of Liwewe. And by the way, isn’t it refreshing to have him back on air doing live match commentaries at MBC?
I will not dwell much on the half-baked theory for I may lack objectivity and attacking fellow reporters would be attacking myself.
This entry is on a different subject. I thought us in the media could look ourselves in the mirror on whether in the rubble of the Big Bullets administrative volcano we have come out any holier.
I mean an audit on how much we have fanned the conflict would help us learn one or two things.
It is time to reflect whether we either played fuel to the raging red fire or provided the conduit for sanity on how football administration ought to be.
I was wondering whether we in the media, before the Bullets executive committee elections of 2014, sufficiently played the watchdog role of scrutinising the then prospective candidates to see if they were upright men.
Of course, the big blame goes to the equally confused Bullets fans who were so excited earmarking for executive committee positions some of the officials whose background is ‘partly cloudy’.
And I have reservations giving these fans the platform in the media to play funny games with an aim of seizing control of gate collections as is the case now at Bullets.
I must admit that such scrutiny is never easy for a Malawian sports reporter. What with working under the strain of limited resources and the gaze of some money-hungry lawyers waiting to pounce on any libellous statements in the media?
From what we have witnessed from the turn of the year, I have to admit we were so passive as sports reporters. We could have done better.
Pro-active media should be brave enough to forewarn the public of the candidates whose background has some stains. At least, we half-baked reporters are learning.