Royals Address Credential Situation
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It is being widely reported that the Kansas City Royals
revoked the 2006 season credentials of two radio reporters last week for asking
tough questions. The Royals have never
stated this to be the case. The credentials were not revoked because someone asked
tough questions – we get those every day – but for reasons of decorum. The
tone, the abruptness, and the forcefulness of which their questions and added
commentary were presented, offended many at the news conference.
The Royals found that behavior to be particularly
disruptive of the introduction to the club’s new general manager, the intended
purpose of the meeting.
The Royals respect the journalistic obligations of the more
than 200 credentialed media personnel who have followed and continue to follow
the club. In performing their jobs, these
reporters have followed the unwritten rules of proper etiquette and
professionalism when asking questions.
One of the affected reporters has been quoted in the Kansas
City Star as saying the credentials were pulled, “obviously because of the
questions we asked at the Dayton Moore news conference,” later adding, “Maybe I
could have changed my tone in a more civil way.” In each case, station management/ownership
was provided with notice of the Royals concern about their reporter’s behavior
and of the pending action to be taken. Given several comments by media
personnel and others who attended the press conference, the Royals believe the
overall situation is now improved.