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05-22-2020, 05:51 PM
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Dana White says media are trying to sabotage UFC’s return during Covid-19
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Looks like the media is giving Dana the Trump treatment.

Dana White says media are trying to sabotage UFC’s return during Covid-19

UFC president says media have given unfair coverage
White targets New York Times reporter over criticism

Guardian sport
Tue 19 May 2020 11.52 EDT

UFC president Dana White has taken a leaf out of his friend Donald Trump’s playbook, and launched an attack on the media for its reporting on the promotion.

UFC recently resumed competition without live audiences. However, many publications – including the New York Times and the Guardian – expressed concern about Covid-19 safety protocols at the fights as well as the fact that UFC tried to silence fighters and journalists covering the events.

“We were trying to figure out solutions to the problems [of enforcing coronavirus protocols] and [asking] how do you bring sports back safely and health and safety is an issue for us,” White said in an appearance on Fox News’s Hannity show. “Every single weekend when we were leading up to these events, we had so many, you know, New York Times and so many other media people trying to sabotage the events so that it couldn’t happen.”

White also called Kevin Draper, the New York Times reporter, who covered UFC’s return to action “a dickhead”. White followed Trump in complaining that media outlets were not giving him positive coverage

“I mean, this guy just got in the New York Times, interviewed the president of [UFC broadcaster] ESPN, Jimmy Pitaro, for 45 minutes, wasted 45 minutes of his time and never used one of his quotes,” White said. “You know why?Because they were positive.”

Both Trump and White have homed in on individual reporters who have criticized them. Last week, White used a UFC press conference to attack Draper’s reporting.

“Fuck that guy. Fuck that guy,” White said. “That guy who’s never covered the sport was writing a story about Endeavor [UFC’s parent company] and then the UFC was one of the Endeavor … you know. And what happened when this guy and this paper covered the UFC – when they’ve never covered it before? What do you think happened?

“This fucking story was huge. They did killer traffic. Now they’re writing stories, three a week, and they’re posting live results. I don’t care what this guy thinks or what he has to say, what he writes. Good for him, he’s pulling traffic.”

During his appearance on Hannity on Monday, White said he was unsure when fans will be able to attend fights again.

“It’s crazy. It’s, it’s tough to know,” he said. “You know, you get different information from from different people and different sources. You know, we’re going to end up living in a world where ... you’re going to have to sign a waiver to go to a sporting event and, you know, and say, ‘Hey, I know that, you know, the Covid-19 virus is out there and, you know, I’m going to take the risk and go to the sporting event.”

https://amp.theguardian.com/sport/2020/m...a-coverage
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05-22-2020, 06:00 PM
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Yeah, well, Dana has been giving the mma media the muzzle treatment. Apparently rthe media had to sign on to the same gag order as the fighters did prior to the last event.

NEWS

STATEMENT ON UPDATED UFC MEDIA WAIVER

MAY 20, 2020

Dear MMAJA members,

The officers of the MMA Journalists Association are aware of an update to the agreement that the UFC has asked media members to sign in order to cover live events in person. While we are encouraged by the UFC’s willingness to adjust the wording of the agreement in response to concerns brought by the MMAJA and others, we still cannot advise members to sign this agreement, which we still regard as unnecessarily restrictive.

For any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the MMAJA officers individually or collectively.

Sincerely,

Ben Fowlkes, president
Ariel Helwani, vice president
Marc Raimondi, treasurer
Josh Gross, secretary
Jeff Wagenheim, at-large officer
Dave Doyle, at-large officer

MMAJA STATEMENT ON UFC MEDIA WAIVER POLICY

MAY 11, 2020

Dear MMAJA members,

The officers of the MMA Journalists Association are aware of a waiver that media members have been asked to sign when attending UFC events amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our opinion that this document is overly broad and overreaching in its scope, and may interfere with the ability of media members to do their jobs fully and effectively. We are advising members not to sign this document, even if it means foregoing in-person coverage of these UFC events.

We realize that this may put some MMAJA members in a difficult position, especially if they have been asked by their employers to attend and provide coverage of these events. To a point, we understand the UFC’s desire to take measures to protect itself legally and limit its own potential for liability during this uncertain time. We also understand the UFC’s desire to subject everyone who may come into contact with fighters or staff to COVID-19 testing and other reasonable safety measures.

But it is our belief that some of the restrictive language in the UFC’s agreement could have a chilling effect on journalists, possibly limiting their ability to fully and accurately report the facts. This is something we cannot support.

MMAJA officers reached out to the UFC to discuss the matter, but received no response. We also consulted with The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (https://www.rcfp.org/), which offers pro bono legal representation and other resources to “protect First Amendment freedoms and newsgathering rights of journalists.” RCFP legal fellow William Powell’s interpretation of the UFC participation agreement that MMAJA members and other credentialed media were asked to sign was that it was legally questionable and potentially ethically problematic. Going forward, RCFP offered consultation for MMAJA members, and would provide contact for a media attorney in Nevada if any of our members want to discuss challenging the agreement on public policy grounds.

We encourage members to reach out to us if they have any questions or concerns about our position. We offer our full and collective support to any MMAJA members who may be facing pressure to sign this document, or consequences stemming from their refusal to do so. Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us either individually or collectively with any issues or questions that may arise.

Sincerely,

Ben Fowlkes, president
Ariel Helwani, vice president
Josh Gross, secretary
Marc Raimondi, treasurer
Dave Doyle, at-large officer


https://www.mmaja.com/ufc-waiver-statement/
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05-22-2020, 06:04 PM
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Here's the UFC event security plan for 249 thet didn't want media and fighters to disclose anything about.

https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/...d/full.pdf
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05-22-2020, 06:13 PM
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I think Trump was mostly complaining about the liberal media like the New York times.
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05-22-2020, 06:31 PM
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(05-22-2020 06:13 PM)pilgrim Wrote:  .
I think Trump was mostly complaining about the liberal media like the New York times.

Yeah, and this is the Times in the middle of this. And Dana is tied to t=Trump.

You're quite right Pilgrim, this is an extension of the same fight.

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05-22-2020, 06:36 PM
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Pilgrim, Zach Arnold of FightOpinion has reemerged lately to follw UFC in this current situation. You should follow him on twitter, he's always been the smartest and the bravest reporter covering the combat sports.

https://twitter.com/FightOpinion
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05-22-2020, 07:16 PM
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Thanks for the link Skookum. I'll check it out.
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05-22-2020, 07:22 PM
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Anyone signing the UFC coronavirus waiver must be prepared to fight in arbitration in Las Vegas. The waiver is written in such a way that even determining whether or not the arbitration provision is unconscionable is left up to - you guessed it - an arbitrator


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All fighter contracts already say that. That's why the UFC never loses in court. The UFC always has home field advantage.
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05-22-2020, 07:32 PM
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05-22-2020, 07:52 PM
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Dana's is gonna be Qtard now?
seems like there is a backlash underway against this COVID lockdown

Joe was probably pushed over the edge with the COVID stuff.
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05-22-2020, 08:33 PM
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His tongue tab test theory is stupid.

So you are in a line with hundreds of other people, and you are the one that tests positive. So, doesn't that mean that all of the people in the line had been exposed to you, and therefore none of them should be allowed in?
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05-22-2020, 08:34 PM
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agreed prof
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05-22-2020, 09:09 PM
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It just helps to show what bullshit this all is.

You can't go fishing by yourself, but you can go to Walmart with hundreds of other people.
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05-22-2020, 10:15 PM
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it is operant conditioning bolstered with cognitive dissonance
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05-22-2020, 10:34 PM
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(05-22-2020 09:09 PM)Redneck Wrote:  It just helps to show what bullshit this all is.

You can't go fishing by yourself, but you can go to Walmart with hundreds of other people.

California beaches are closed. They say even social distancing doesn't help. The ocean spray spreads the virus around, lol.

Things like that made me conclude nobody really understand this thing and are just tossing crap against the wall.
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