Blogger Ethics

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.


6 thoughts on “Blogger Ethics

  1. odd, coming from the ‘men playing with balls’ section.
    annthrax doesn’t play ‘fair’.

  2. And it’s sort of funny that they don’t follow the sports example in this, since the mainstream media have already turned politics into a game where the only important thing is whether your team is winning or not, and the most vital stuff to report on is the inside game of the various players on the different teams, rather than anything about the real world impact of their plays.

  3. We aren’t playing on a level field here. The baseballs being pitched by the Republicans are doctored, and slathered with spit. The Republican linemen keep super glue on their hands so they can “block” better. Republican basketball players swing their elbows even as they shake hands before the game.
    Just let a Democratic player stick a tongue out at a Republican, and it’s a technical foul. If a Democratic defenseman tries a body check, it’s a penalty. And God forbid a Democratic quarterback try to throw a pass while touching a defensive end’s helmet with his free hand.
    Whew! Enough sports for one night.

  4. ‘relieve them of their duties, too’?
    They don’t have duties. They have agendae. And they can’t be suspended for breaking the rules.

  5. I’m not much of a sports fan, but it’s been increasingly clear over the past six years that journalistic competence and integrety seems to mostly be found in the sports section.
    When they interview a player that is having problems with their game, with the law, with their teammates, tough questions get asked, and followed-up, and evasions aren’t tolerated well. Yeah, you may root for the home team, but you still appreciate what the other side brings to the field.
    The reporters don’t seem to be in the role of propaganists for ‘their side’.
    It was always there, I suspect, it’s just that I didn’t notice until the National desk started sucking from the GOP tit, and flushed their journalistic ethics down the toilet along with the digested remains of last weeks sensationalized news-junk-food du jour.
    But now, just look at the contrast. Can we get the reporters that cover March Madness to follow up with the ’08 presidential race? I’d like them to apply the same criticism that was just unloaded on the NCAA selection process to the primaries next year.

  6. Why go all the way back to the ’80s to site Camapanis and Jimmy the Greek as the setup for the counterpoint to the “Coulters, Michael Savages, Rush Limbaughs…”?
    Why not site Rush Limbaugh, who in 2003 suggested that as a black quarterback, Donovan McNabb didn’t have what it takes to be successful in the NFL, and everybody knew it, but we were all too politically correct to say so, because McNabb is black – thus putting a quick end to Limbaugh’s horribly conceived (and thankfully very short) stint as a regular on ESPN’s weekly pre-game show?
    The best example of sports journalism not tollerating the Rush Limbaughs of the world is how they didn’t tolerate Rush Limbaugh!

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