I’ll No Longer Link to Yahoo! Sites

You may have noticed my tweets from last night but probably didn’t realize the level to which my mind melted when I did it. I check several news sites looking to keep up with sumo news during these weeks between tournaments. However, Yahoo! treated a piece of rather disgusting satire as they do with any regular article they cull from Huffington Post despite the fact that any self-respecting journalist would disregard such slime. Google’s news aggregator got caught, too. Yahoo! seemed quicker to notice as it was removed shortly after my tweet.

I recognize this is just a blog and I hope you do, too. It’s full of my opinion and I know I’ve posted satirical headlines…such as the one on Terunofuji’s desire for early retirement. However, I do try to uphold the basic tenets of journalism and that’s why I have been careful about rumors I’ve seen about Homarenishiki and stuff like that. I want confirmation.

Anyway, I’ll no longer be using Yahoo! or Yahoo! Japan and I felt I should explain my tweets from last night.

Wakanosato Misquoted By Yahoo! Japan

Unfortunately in the American press, headlines are deliberately misleading in order to get attention and stir up controversy. I think this case shows Yahoo! Japan resorts to the same tactics. The headline says that, “without hesitation, former Wakanosato said Takanohana was the strongest Yokozuna.” The statement deliberately tries to create a controversy by implying a comparison with other yokozuna, past and present. However, reading the whole article and getting more context, we see that is not what he meant at all. In fact, he says that the quality of the athletes continues to improve.

In all, this WAS going to be a post about a has-been athlete making a provocative statement attacking present-day champions in order to get attention… But that’s not the case at all, at least by my reading. Instead this is a case of Yahoo! Japan making up a bad, clickbait headline.