It’s a sad sad sad day when sportos are considered among the most reasonable and adult of the journalistic lot, and yet here we are:
From EVAN WEINER, author, “The Business and Politics of Sports”: I really don’t understand the media’s fascination with the on going body of work of Ann Coulter but here is something that Lee Salem, the President and Editor of Coulter’s syndication service, ought to consider. When Alex Campanis, then the Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager, told Ted Koppel on Nightline that African-Americans “may not have some of the necessities to be, let’s say, a field manager, or, perhaps, a general manager”, he was shown the door. When Jimmy the Greek answered a question about why in his opinion, African-Americas were superior athletes by saying, “during the slave period, the slave owner would breed his big black with his big woman so that he would have a big black kid — that’s where it all started,” CBS quickly relieved him of his duties on its NFL Pre-Game show. Greek gave his explanation in a Washington restaurant, not on CBS time. Major League Baseball suspended Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott for racially insensitive comments. So Salem’s remarks don’t hold any water.
The sports industry has no tolerance for Coulter types and maybe there is a lesson for all of us here. Salem and the rest of the media enablers that have created the Coulters, Michael Savages, Rush Limbaughs and all the other insensitive and intolerant people who “inform” people with crude and hurtful remarks could take their cue from the sports industry and show those people the door and relieve them of their duties too.