The 2011 trade deadline for the National Hockey League (NHL) is nearing and with that, the propensity to move players from team-to-team has increased. Late last week, there was a particular trade that sent one player, Mike Fisher, from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a couple of draft picks. While this seems a bit like inconsequential news in the scheme of things, I found it absolutely perfect to illustrate a point about how the same facts can be talked about in different ways in the media.
We have a fact: Mike Fisher was traded to the Nashville Predators. It would seem that there really isn’t anything more to this story than one team is trading a player and one team is acquiring a player, right? Well, that’s what most people would think, at least. But, it just so happens that Mike Fisher is married to a very popular female in the country music business and… it just so happens that Nashville is the “seat of power” for country music.
Quickly, the news that Mike Fisher was traded to the Predators became Carrie Underwood’s Husband Traded to Nashville. To the sports world, it mattered that it was Mike Fisher being traded to the Predators, and to the entertainment industry, it mattered that Carrie Underwood’s husband was traded to Nashville. It’s of no surprise that news can be important to different people for different reasons and as such, the news will be reported in different ways to different people.
I find this fascinating because it’s the same piece of news being reported on differently. The NHL is of seemingly little importance to the political arena, national security, or education reformation, but these are all different areas of news that can be reported on in just the same way. Meaning, there are going to be different angles on the same piece of political news (the angles reported to the Democrats and the angles reported to the Republicans are the angles we hear the majority of the time).
In my research of collecting articles/links for this post, I noticed that one of the articles I found actually spoke to both of the angles in the same article. That is, this particular article, addressed that Mike Fisher was traded to the Predators and that Carrie Underwood’s husband was traded to Nashville. While the trade’s importance may not be of global importance, I was still happy to read that the author was reporting on more than just the sports-angle or the entertainment-angle. I wish that all news was reported in this fashion, with at least an acknowledgement to the implications of the facts from more than one perspective.