PP, I think you must be a Vlandys groupie or his PR rep.
Can he do no wrong? I like Vlandys and majority of what he has done to NSW racing is quite good. Read all my posts.
But I can also be critical too. Judging Vlandys seems to be like politics with most of this forum. It is either for him or not and nothing in the middle. That is Ike the political support in the forum. People cannot take the blinkers off. However when you accuse them of bias or being unreasonable, they will produce one post being critical out of a 100.
I compare this to some of the political media and use our old mate AJ, majority of the time he has been supportive of the conservatives but has critical of a few of their policies till they fold. However he has never supported Labor but the conservatives will say he is not fully one of us but in the left.
In answer to your question regarding Vlandys and the media. Here is what one RL high up said to a friend of mine. Vlandys will not be able to pick and choose who he gives exclusives to like he does now otherwise he will alienate rest of the media. This is why we see NRL scandals being exposed. He also said many in the RL world would not like him to pay vast amounts of money to News Corp as he does from the Racing Industry to promote racing. The amount includes advertising etc too.
Vlandys is smart enough to realise this but some of his supporters are not. He likes critics as it spurs him on especially if it is personal, however he knows popularity amongst the people is what he needs to get changes across. He is strong enough to defend himself
But in your reply, you didn't address my point about him "avoiding the media".
I think the opposite. He made himself available to the ABC. Where was the head of RQ? RVL?
And as I commented, the interview was heavily edited (if you watch the show, look at the background - it keeps changing) and I think that was done to paint him in a bad light.
It was an investigative piece where the theme was pre-determined.
I have no problem with them going after sadists like the one shown in Caboolture.
But any idiot can set up a hidden camera right at the point of the end of life of a slaughtered animal and horrify people.
It would have been equally disturbing if the hidden camera had have been showing lambs, cows or calves in their final moments.
And showing it two days before the Everest? Come on. We are all worldly wise here. This was a set up.
On V'Landys and his upcoming role in the NRL.
I do not know what to expect. I was surprised he took the gig. He is on a hiding to nothing.
As a follower of NRL and AFL, one of the things that separates the games is the journalists.
In the AFL, journalists (in general) really love the game and it shows in their reporting.
In the NRL we have people like Phil Rothfield, Danny Weidler and Gus Gould.
These guys compete with one another on who can come up with the most negative story. Rothfield claims he is a Cronulla supporter but at times seems to be leading the charge to have them relocated.
V'Landys is in for a tough time if he thinks these guys are motivated by a love of the game. They are not and will see him as an "opportunity" for grubby journalism.