New York Times obituary tweet for NFL Coach Sam Wyche leads with locker room controversy, not accomplishments

People are blasting the tweet for its framing of Wyche’s decision to bar female reporters from a locker room.


The New York Times is getting blasted for its questionable tweet about the obituary of Sam Wyche – a National Football League (NFL) player and coach who as a coach held the record for the most wins with the Cincinnati Bengals until 2011.

Rather than keeping the focus on Wyche’s achievements in the sport, the tweet says Wyche “was later fined by the National Football League for barring a female reporter from the team’s locker room.”

Wyche made this decision because he didn’t want his players to be naked in front of female reporters and had arranged for players to come out of the locker room and do interviews with female reporters.

Many Twitter users are comparing this questionable framing of Wyche obituary tweet to The Washington Post’s framing of the deceased leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad, as an “austere religious scholar” in his obituary. Others also pointed to the Wyche obituary tweet as an example of “why people flat out hate what the media has become.”

People are also drawing comparisons between framing of this Wyche obituary tweet to the more favorable treatment The New York Times gave to terrorist Qassim Suleimani in his obituary tweet which was posted hours earlier and described him as “Master of Iran’s Intrigue and Force.”

The ratioing of this Wyche obituary tweet comes after a CNN reporter was ratioed yesterday for claiming that satire site The Babylon Bee is using satire to circumvent Facebook’s misinformation rules.


Tom Parker

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