First of all, this is not in the sports forum, as it is just as much about reporting standards in the media in general, as it is about the FAI.
A headline on today's RTE website says:
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney admits to turning down a job three times his current salary
When one reads the story, is says (my bold)
http://www.rte.ie/sport/cycling/2013...ive-job-offer/FAI chief executive John Delaney has defended his current salary, while also stating he turned down a job that would have tripled what he now earns.
Delaney, who has presided over stringent cutbacks which have affected even Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni and his coaching staff, reportedly earns around €340,000 a year.
However, he has revealed he could have left for a better-paid post and believes his wage is commensurate with the FAI's income, with the country still in the grip of a difficult economic situation.
Delaney told Sky Sports News: "I was offered a job three times the salary that I'm currently on, and that's a fact.
"I didn't take the job, I didn't want the job. I'm very happy in this job.
So, far from Delaney admitting anything about being offered a new job, all he has done is CLAIM he got offered a different job.
At no point has the report pointed this out, yet the message from RTE is loud and clear, whether intended or not: 'John Delaney is worth it'.
Why has nobody asked him for proof of these claims, and if they are not forthcoming, why not run the story as 'John Delaney claims he was offered job with a salary three times greater than his current salary, but failed to provide proof of such claims, when asked to do so'?
This isn't solely about RTE. The Irish Independent, while not using the word 'admit', says that Delaney 'revealed he could have left'.
John Delaney: I was offered a job on three times current salary - Independent.ie
I'm sure there will be other examples in the media. The word 'admit' is regularly used in radio bulletins about all sorts of stories, with the Newstalk sports department being particular offenders.
If the media can't even challenge the head of a sports organisation which has clearly made a total mess of its finances over the years, then what hope have we that they will ask the right questions of our politicians?
EDIT: The above RTE link no longer works, yet the story, with an amended headline is on the site. That headline now says 'FAI chief executive John Delaney says he turned down a job which paid three times his current salary' It seems very unusual to change the url, rather than just update the current url...perhaps they've been reading P.ie
New link: http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/inter...ive-job-offer/