After MMA media were apparently told not to ask questions about Greg Hardy being on the same card as Rachael Ostovich at the UFC 231 presser, there’s been lots of hand wringing about what the media response should be. The Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association (MMAJA) did some work in pushing back against the organization, but there’s a broader discussion to be had, namely, why there is so much anti-media feeling and what organizations like the MMAJA can do to restore faith in the practice. While I believe there are concrete steps that can be taken to fix many of the problems, I’m less convinced the organization as it currently operates is the one to do it. Moreover, to really restore public trust, MMA media needs to be honest with itself about why there’s a credibility gap to begin with.
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