"Olympiacos have found their new manager. They will most likely sign Takis Lemonis". The journalists of SDNA were strangely looking at me. At the same time when... the whole Greece was expecting the response of Gard and Montanier, SDNA was excluding that Olympiacos will sign Lemonis? One of the journalists asked if it was one of our humoristic articles.
Still, the information was right as rain. It was published during the next five minutes, the other Media started to follow, others confirmed it. Finally, it was the truth...
There are many articles every day. Other important, other less important. Everybody who is watching closely the websites, knows that the fight is tough and textured. No Media can have each one of them. However, if Media have the best reporters, they will most likely have them, right?
Many information during the first 28 months of SDNA. This is not very important for the readers, but for the journalists confirmation is the gas to move. And every right information is valuable. About Panathinaikos basketball department, AEK football department, or court cases.
It is like asking a father "which of your children do you love the most?", he will not be able to decide.
Still, this is not an article to praise our website. The Media society already knows. Even more, the readers remember where did they read something and how truthfull it was. This is the greatest award, definitely.
On Monday evening, "history" wrote that SDNA excluded the name of Olympiacos new manager. When everybode else was talking about French managers, this website was excluding the name of Takis Lemonis.
I will not give any time to the loyal servants who were once again publicly humiliated by denying the agreement, because it was excluded by SDNA, in order to win half a day. It is meaningless to judge them. They have already been judged by the society itself.
The exclusive reportage about Lemonis at the beginning and his meeting with Marinakis later, something that we excluded by midnight, it is something more than a success for SDNA.
It is a victory of the independence of the Press. A triumph of actual journalism. An exclusive reportage from Media which have been constantly being blasted by a whole notorious system, which is afraid of its success and trying to ridicule its members.
It is a proof that you do not have to live on your knees in order to have the respect of any team. It is not necessary to be a loyal servant or to try convincing the readers that "it was a penalty case", when the whole world is watching.
You can beat them (on journalist terms) fair and square. By reportage. Fot all those who will try to humiliate and destroy you, there will be others ready to support you.
The storm that destroyed everything in Greek football, also lured anything left standing in journalism. The great majority of publishers exchanged the information with their... peace of mind, or other kind of compromises. Advertizing or... less blackmailing.
Does it seem incomprehensible to you, dear readers? Maybe, but I am sure that all the publishers, editors and many journalists realize easily, because they lived the disaster, more or less. You can not blaim anybody because he was not brave enough to handle the blackmailing and threats about him, his life and family. This is the human nature.
But it is also the human nature to feel kind of proud when the response to dirt is constant criticism, uncovering criminal activity and exclusive reportage about manager and footballer cases...