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Bamberger's year on the Philly beat

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Aussie_Nick, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    If Bamberger was that inept, Brown had it easy, then.

    Just scoop him, scoop him, scoop him some more.

    If I'm playing tennis against someone I don't feel belongs on the same court as me, I just beat them, then shake hands when the match is over.

    I don't beat them while cheating on line calls and making a fucking ass of myself.

    If being a human being takes a backseat to being a "good reporter", then I'm more glad than ever I took the desk route 21 years ago.
  2. Outta Here

    Outta Here Member

    You nailed it BTE: Brown simply wasn't a good human being. I know it's not kind to speak ill of the dead -- but rest assured, if it was any of us, Brown would be whizzing on our tombstones. He just wasn't a good human being. Perhaps the worst person I've ever met in any walk of life, to be honest.

    He ran circles around Bambi on the beat -- but that wasn't enough for him. He wanted to humiliate him at every turn; because that's how he got off.
  3. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    anyone else creeped out by a thread where a central figure is long deceased and can't speak for himself? this is all through bambi's very tainted, wussy eyes.

    i have little reason to doubt brownie was a prick. also no doubt that bambi was an awful beat guy.

    so, wtf?
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Well, seeing as we're making sport of a guy who was killed by a woodchipper over on Anything Goes . . . nah, not so creepy.
  5. Outta Here

    Outta Here Member

    Sad thing is, the prick's looking up at us and laughing that he's still being talked about. He accomplished what he set out to, obviously.
  6. suburbanite

    suburbanite Active Member

    I think we can all agree that Brown was an asshole.

    But I don't see how anyone reading Bambi's whinefest could decide that he was Albert Schweitzer and Mother Teresa rolled into one, either. No, he's not an asshole like Brown, but he does come across as fairly pompous.
  7. Outta Here

    Outta Here Member

    Ding. Ding. Ding. We have a winner with suburbanite's post. Accurate on all counts.
  8. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    well put, but a point that's been made several times. an incredibly valid point. there isn't a hero in this piece, only villains. it's a good piece only in its voyeurism. again, dynamics like this one are in every business, every office, everywhere. it's an airing of dirty laundry in the workplace.

    i was trained to despise this kind of piece. so i do. in essence, it's an autobiography in which the author's take on things must always be questioned. especially with the anti-hero being dead.

  9. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Haven't we done this thread before? Maybe twice?

    As I recall, here was the conclusion: They're all assholes, Bamberger was a crappy beat writer and this sob job had no business being in SI because, outside this business, no one gives a flying fuck.

    OK? Can we drop it now?
  10. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    yo, man, it's always good to re-cleanse every now and then. 8) 8) 8)
  11. Outta Here

    Outta Here Member

    I second Shockey's post above. If you don't care, it's easy to drop it. Just don't click on the link when this thread is updated. No one's making you read it, you know?
  12. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    While I don't argue that the story makes Bamberger look like a whiny tool, I have a question: Is he the guy who wrote "Wonderland," spending a year with some high school seniors (yeah, I could look it up but SJ is my google)? I loved that book, having recently had kids that age.

    Apropos of nothing, sure. Just thought I'd mention it.
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