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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 14 Jun 2008 11:05:00 GMT
One of the best things Aussie Rules has going for it is Sam Newman. Not every woman thinks his extended break from our TV screens was a good idea including GRL columnist Alison Larsen.

All things controversial aside, there is a place for Sam Newman on television. There I said it.

Audiences need to stop seeing Newman as a person and start seeing him for what he really is; a protagonist television persona.

Those who think t.v. personalities are representing true ideals of themselves while performing – because this is exactly what they are doing – need to reconsider for a moment.

That or spend a week at a major station where they can see the wonderful world of television for what it really is.

Newman gets paid to know it all (even thought sometimes he doesn’t) and he is popular because he says exactly what he wants to say.

No wonder Channel Nine wouldn’t accept his resignation because he has a large fan base of egotistical males.

The comment Newman made about women not belonging on football boards, or questioning what women have ever done for football is his opinion.

Yes he is a public figure and has a responsibility to represent Channel Nine in a fair and well thought out manner.

But honestly, that is not good television. That’s why some people work in it and the rest...they end up as critics.

Sam Newman is the footy show. I am a woman admitting this with no hesitation.

Quite frankly I don’t care what he thinks about us – I am the one sitting here writing about him.

Women have played a pivotal role in Newman’s life. He was married to three and once commented that the number could have been seven.

You would think a man who hates women wouldn’t get married…but you see once again women have cried victimisation and the media has run with it.

In an interview for The Age a few years ago, Newman said:

"Most people you meet are wankers, pure and simple. Women are schemers, men are liars. That is all you have to remember."

I don’t know about you but I would much rather be called a schemer than a liar – Mr Newman has labelled us ladies intelligent, purposefully or not.

I am a confident, capable woman but I do scheme, I also over-analyse and complain (that’s all the things men use against us right?).

Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for empowerment and equality but generalisations will not offend me and I do not need a written apology.

This year, Newman was diagnosed and cleared of Prostate cancer and asked that television cameras from Channel Nine’s Sixty Minutes program film the ordeal in a bid to raise awareness.

He is obviously not purely arrogant but also quite admirable.

Those women who don’t like listening to narcissistic comments made by a man who is paid to say them might need to re-evaluate their love for ball games. - Read More, Here