A 49ers public relations official just made an interesting announcement in the press box. He said a report on NBC by Michele Tafoya is not accurate. She said Jim Harbaugh called the Lions a chippy bunch and a late hit bunch. She said he told her this in the Friday pregame production meeting. But the PR guy said Harbaugh never used the words she put in his mouth.

Here’s how the PR guy explained things. Tafoya said to Harbaugh, if the Lions are chippy and late hit bunch, what would he tell his players. Harbaugh said to keep their heads on swivels and not retaliate. The PR guy said he was in the meeting and Harbaugh never uttered the words chippy and late hit. The PR guy said we should trust him and not Tafoya.

I was not at the meeting and cannot take sides. It would be irresponsible either way.

I can say there is a significant discrepancy in the two versions. I also can say this is a serious accusation about Tafoya and her professionalism.

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  1. Tony

    This is just as bad as Plagiarism in my mind. NBC will do anything to keep a story going, just look at Tim Tebow Jets Circus…

    September 16th, 2012 10:53 pm

  2. 49erslocal

    It’s the national media more interested in ratings-driven hard sell. What else is new?

    September 17th, 2012 12:55 am

  3. EatMyCumulous

    The National Democratic Party network is not to be trusted.

    September 17th, 2012 7:12 am

  4. Brian in Oakland

    What if the niners are full of it? Why would you automatically taker their word and immediately indict NBC?

    September 17th, 2012 9:06 am

  5. Alex

    You refer to him as “the PR guy” rather than his name. Is that your way of “subtlety” saying you don’t believe him?

    I’m laughing at the concept of professionalism and ethics in journalism. That idea is made even more silly if you consider blogging to be an aspect of journalism.

    September 17th, 2012 10:34 am

  6. David

    What Alex said!!

    September 17th, 2012 11:05 am

  7. latopia

    Googled Tafoya’s interest in the Lions sans any Harbaugh/49er angle. Turns out, Tafoya seems fairly well invested in the thesis that the Lions often self-destruct due to roguish, thuggish behavior [ http://bit.ly/taZawS ]. Which doesn’t excuse embelishing Harbaugh’s actual statement to fit her needs.

    September 17th, 2012 6:29 pm

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