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July 01, 2007|By KEVIN ECK

I had intended to take a little break from writing about Chris Benoit, but after watching some cable "news" shows on television, I had to get this off my chest.

I'm not going to say that WWE always handles every situation the way I think it should, but I couldn't agree more with the company when it issued a statement saying it was "concerned with the sensationalistic reporting and speculation being undertaken by some members of the media."

I think the key phrase in that statement is "some members of the media." There has been plenty of good, solid reporting on the Benoit double murder/suicide, and there are certain indisputable facts regarding this case specifically and pro wrestling as an industry that WWE might not like but it has to accept. But there also has been an abundance of yellow journalism on the so-called news channels, filled with rushes to judgment, disingenuous displays of moral outrage and leading questions.

Wednesday night's Nancy Grace show on Headline News was the final straw for me. First of all, I don't expect all of these talking heads to be knowledgeable about wrestling, but seeing them try to fake it is embarrassing and weakens whatever credibility they do have. The way she introduced Bret Hart - who was a guest on the program via telephone - by gushing about how "he built wrestling," made it clear that she had no idea what she was talking about and was just repeating something that someone on her research staff told her about Hart. Here's my rule: Don't speak with authority on subjects that you're not actually an authority on. It just makes you look uninformed and phony.

kevin.eck@baltsun.com

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