The parallels between divorce and changing coaches are interesting. First, the divorce "clears the air", then there is "moving on"; a new relationship is formed with a new "significant other". In some cases the clock is reset, and there is virtually a denial that the previous relationship ever existed . In other cases previous partners existence is acknowledged and there is some contact, in other cases there is even a continuing friendship.
There are many out there who would have experienced one or other of these modes of "moving on". However, it seems that the club would rather adopt the denialist approach, but has been moved by common decency to at least contact the Hird family and at least express some displeasure at the Smith article.
Smith seems to be so bitter and twisted that he wrote an article, parts of which which lacked human decency, compassion and restraint. But Smith will always have the comeback. " I have a right to express my opinion ". OK, so dont we all. But the difference is, that Smith and others like him in the mainstream media enjoy a massive level of asymmetry in terms of reach. That surely carries with it a responsibility to practice restraint when expressing opinions especially in such a callous way.
As it was neatly put in a previous post. The article says more about Smith than it does about Hird.
You make a good point.
If young men flush with riches are expected to be role models to our youth, why is it acceptable for so-called journalists to use a vehicle such as msm to spout rubbish and mislead a nation?
Smith has such a record of petulance, negativity, rudeness and insensitivity, both verbally and in print it may just be that we need to view him differently.
It is quite common for people with personality disorders to function in their in society. I am referring to those who, if evaluated by a psychologist / psychiatrist who be diagnosed with one of the recognised personality disorders. The thing is most people individually do not have the power to effect large numbers of people.
To quote Psychology Today,
According to DSM-5, a personality disorder can be diagnosed if there are significant impairments in self and interpersonal functioning together with one or more pathological personality traits. In addition, these features must be (1) relatively stable across time and consistent across situations, (2) not better understood as normative for the individual’s developmental stage or socio-cultural environment, and (3) not solely due to the direct effects of a substance or general medical condition.
The problem with some of these personality disorders arises when the person assumes a role of authority. Be it the office bully, who probably has Anti social Personality Disorder or Borderline Personaity disorder. ( sometimes called a Sociopath when in a position of power) or worse, still a person suffering from Narcissistic Personality disorder ( sometimes called a Megalomaniac when in a position of power )
The point is what is to stop a person with one of these personality disorders from becoming a journalist ? Nothing . One would hope the editor would exert some restraint. But the problem is that MSM journalists have a reach which does give them more power to shape opinion, mislead, promulgate lies and normalise what hitherto would have been considered unacceptable.
Should we be looking at Smith differently ?