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Taibbi gets it right about Lebron and ESPN

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by hondo, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member


    YGBFKM Guest

    Not a fan, but that column was great. Laughed the hardest at this line:

    Poor Stuart Scott, he's been podded completely, if you chopped that dude's head off, nothing but little plastic balls containing digitized "Boo-yah" chips would fall out of his skull.
  3. SportsDude

    SportsDude Active Member

    This, I thought, was the best part. It's also something that has stuck in my mind since last week - and is still scaring the shit out of me.

    The last couple sentences are complete hyperbole, but to an extent, isn't this where were headed? Celeb-iticians, running for office? Quasi-reality television sporting events? The World Wild Leader dropping all highlights for innuendo on the holy trinity of whatever "brands" they deem fit to push?
  4. jlee

    jlee Active Member

    Meh. It was a cheeky swipe at low-hanging fruit. Tiabbi can usually hold my attention longer than that. I lightly skimmed after the third graf and didn't find anything worth rereading.
  5. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    That last paragraph is going to give me a nightmare , mostly because it becomes more plausible every day.
  6. MCbamr

    MCbamr Member

    Last two sentences are hyperbole? Are you kidding? How many assistant pursers have to go to Congress, wrestlers and bodybuilder/actors to governor's offices and Saturday Night Live comedians to the Senate to convince you?

    It's happening before your very eyes. Since Kennedy-Nixon in 1968, it has all been made for TV. Go rent Idiocracy. The funny parts aren't even funny any more.
  7. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Kennedy-Nixon was 1960, not 1968.

    The point is taken, though.

    That said, why should there necessarily be something wrong with celebrities, athletes, other pop culture figures, etc. running for and even winning office? Why was Gopher for Congress a bad thing? What made him less qualified than any of the people he beat during his political career?

    Do celebrities/athletes have a leg up on their opponents? Sure they do. So do lawyers and other prominent individuals, like scions of political families. Unless you think every Kennedy who's ever held office was elected on merit rather than their name.
  8. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    How about famous generals?

    Like Eisenhower? Or Jackson? Or, um, George Washington?

    We've always voted for people in the public eye.

    And if you're going to single out show business, Reagan's the name you want to put forward.
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

  10. CR19

    CR19 Member

    How true. Besides, in what other country can Stuart Smalley win a Senate seat?

  11. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Are you saying he's not good enough? Or smart enough?
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Interesting that ESPN cleaned up his grammar in the "official" transcript.

    It was nice to read something from Taibbi (an amazing writer) that didn't piss me off. :D
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