Upon reflection, Jackie Robinson’s debut wasn’t a great day for journalism

Published 4:23 pm PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Jackie Robinson

Thursday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier — and the Associated Press gave a lesson in journalistic humility. The wire service retransmitted 10 stories and columns from New York newspapers to show how Robinson’s historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, was covered. None of the stories mentioned Robinson in the lead paragraph. The New York Journal-American didn’tmention him at all. In the New York Times, Robinson is mentioned only in play-by-play in the sixth and 16th paragraphs. The New York Daily News referred to Robinson’s debut in the last paragraph without mentioning race, referring to him as “the majors’ most-discussed rookie.”

Lionel Messi

The Argentine soccer star has inspired the newest Cirque du Soleil production. A special preview of “Messi10” — the story of “a young man with boundless ambition to overcome all obstacles in becoming the greatest number 10 in the world” — premiered in Barcelona before an A-list crowd that included Messi and some of his FC Barcelona teammates. “It seems incredible and crazy to me that a show based on my life, my passion, my sport has been created,” Messi said. “Cirque du Soleil is one of our family’s favorite shows. I have no doubt this show will surprise people as they always do.” Full performances of “Messi 10” will begin in October in Barcelona, with an international tour beginning in 2020.

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