There is a habit among many in the mainstream media, and an outright addiction in sports journalism: “pacing the story”
If you go to the heart of the matter up front you undercut your ability to milk a story using incremental updates over a week or more, filling a lot of column inches or hours of talking-head TV and radio programming. I hate that, which is one of many reasons I am a bad candidate for conventional journalism.
So I’ll condense Lance-gate: The people who want to use the legal system to recover money from Lance can’t get their money if he is prevented from being Lance Armstrong, Inc. So get off his back and let him earn a living, and then US Postal and the Times of London and all the other people whinging about how they were “taken” can find some meat on the bones if they win in court. Otherwise they get symbolic victories, and no actual cash.
Got it? Good. Now we can all avoid being taken for a ride on the Lance-coaster, and not have to watch him tightrope his way through his half-assed “confession” with Oprah.
This whole Lance-charade is a personal-scale take on “too big to fail”. Remember that if I owe you a few hundred dollars you might just have me whacked and cut your losses. If I owe you a million(s) you are going to to put much more value on my continued well being. Consider it “Citizens United” through the looking glass. Personal Corporate-hood.
You can read all about it next week after the requisite media buffet-line has been satisfied.