28 Jul '16, 11pm

Fixed it for you: The Matthew Syed dismissal of whistleblower fears

The possibility that truths about doping may not emerge owing to fear of reprisal is worrying, and so let us examine the argument that journalists and whistleblowers are nervous to speak out about Team Sky by briefly examining how journalism actually works (according to friends who have told me this). If you dish the dirt on corruption, and if you end up vindicated, then you win awards. You are eulogised. On the other hand, if, like the excellent David Walsh of The Sunday Times, you offer a narrative that goes against the dream of a Tour of Redemption, and you “spit in the soup” (to borrow commonly used cycling parlance), then you find yourself blacklisted, shunned from the sport. Not only are you excluded by the athletes and their teams, but also by fellow journalists who are afraid to be seen eating or riding with you, in case they too are locked out of the inner sanctum...

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2016/07/fixed-matthew-syed-di...

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