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Bart Scott: Media treats Jets, Giants differently

Bart Scott looks on during a game with

Bart Scott looks on during a game with the New York Jets. Credit: Getty Images, 2011

Soon-to-be-former Jet Bart Scott raised an interesting point on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" Wednesday, asserting that the New York-area news media treats the Jets and Giants differently.

"I didn't like the personal attacks," he said on the show. "A quick example now is the media following Rex [Ryan] down to The Bahamas. I mean, who does that?.

"I can’t imagine them going out and catching Tom Coughlin laid out . . . and following him.

"We are in the same town but we are covered differently."

Two things:

1. Had Ryan addressed reporters the day after the season ended rather than the week after it ended, there would have been no New York media following him to The Bahamas, no picture of his instantly infamous tatoo and thus no fuss.

2. He does have a point that the tone of Giants coverage differs from that the Jets receive. The question is whether the media is setting the tone or reflecting a tone the Jets themselves set. For a hint perhaps we should refer back to the day the Jets cleared out their lockers last January, and Scott said goodbye by pointing his middle finger at a photographer.

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