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Does this put all future Bill Simmons criticism in a certain context?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by The Good Doctor, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. In today's column, there is the following passage:

    What do you think?
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Not sure why anyone would believe he was a journalist anyway.
  3. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Well, who did?
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    We've been talking about this for a while on these threads. These labels don't really mean that much. He's not a journalist; he does what he does, for better or worse.
  5. That's the thing. Sometimes, he acts like he is and expects to be treated/respected as one. (In my opinion.)
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Probably right...
  7. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    I think he knows he's not a journalist in any typical sense, but the problem is that (as evidenced by the email) the average reader takes him as one.
  8. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Remind me: Just how are we journalists respected, again?
  9. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    This doesn't mean anything...
    But, columnists have -- forever -- had a schtick. Then been able to turn it off for a serious or compelling piece. Not to say Simmons is effective in doing either, but just a point.
  10. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member


    He's pretty much reveled in his "non-journalist" status since the day he started writing on the Interwebs.
  11. I'm not going to scour through the seven years of Simmons archives on ESPN.com, but it has happened. I promise I'm not making it up.

    Either way, it doesn't seem like too many people are interested in this topic, so whatever.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Doc, it is a good point.

    If Simmons does not consider himself a journalist, what would he call himself?

    Does he ever ask a person a question? Yes. He has interviewed David Stern. He asked him questions for information that would be in a story.

    So is a fair-weather journalist? He's not a journalist when he is wrong?
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