Irvin Muchnick is a writer and investigative journalist writing focusing mainly on the WWE. Muchnick has been heavily involved in the concussion issue in the WWE and its crossover as well.
Irv has been and will continue to be looking at how the media and other entities cover the concussion issue. Recently he has taken a close look at the New York Times and Alan Schwarz as it relates to concussions (LINK);
An examination of the Newspaper of Record’s coverage over the last six months suggests that the answer is it is leading us to a world made safe for the National Football League and its $9-plus billion in annual revenues.
Pay plenty of lip service to the alleged mental health toll for the thousands upon thousands of professional and amateur athletes employed by the NFL or in its orbit – but also make sure all the opinion-making honor and commercial benefits are reaped by the very league-connected doctors whose corrupt research and false public statements brought us to this pass.
The biggest issue is why someone who Irv has documented to be at the very least deceptive, Dr. Joseph Maroon, getting a lot of run in the NYT while someone like Dr. Bennet Omalu is not being touted. The latter being independent and void of any controversy as it relates to helmets, NP testing, or supplements;
As for Dr. Omalu, he has not appeared even one time this year in print editions of The Times. On February 26, The Times did run a blog item by Toni Monkovic, which allowed that Omalu once upon a time “figured prominently” in a breakthrough finding of brain damage in NFL players. Monkovic also quoted author-blogger Matt Chaney’s report on Omalu’s call to sideline all concussed athletes for three months.
In lieu of conducting this threshold debate in print, however, The Times has chosen to go yawn and on about football helmets and neurocognitive testing.