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Whitlock's First ESPN Column

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by lcjjdnh, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Well-Known Member

    An excellent column explaining his opposition to the use of resources to pursue stories like those at OSU. It is about the media, so linking it here.

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    I respectfully disagree.

    Yes. When I think of Jason Whitlock's week, "respectful" is definitely the word that comes to mind.

    What a knob. He has enough people suckered into believing he is a deep thinker while he really just panders to the mouth-breathers. (Jesse and Al are the real racists! Black people use the N-word! Every media member except me sucks!) He's the Hannity of sports.

    Good work if you can get it, I guess.
  3. jackfinarelli

    jackfinarelli Member

    I don't consider him a "deep thinker" but I do believe that he offers a perspective on issues that I do not find in other places. That is not to say the I agree with Jason Whitlock all the time -- maybe not even 60% of the time - - but his expression of his perspectives on various sports/societal issues gives me something to add to my thinking as I develop my "take" on said sports/societal issues.

    It has nothing at all to do with whether or not I agree with him in any given column. It is all about the fact that I enjoy his writing style and value his perspective on issues - which often differs significantly from mine.
  4. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    "....what I believe to be an unsophisticated investigative piece...."

    Has he even read it yet?

    Dan Wetzel, a journalist I highly respect, wrote a column stating that these NCAA scandal stories reveal the folly of NCAA rules and pull back the curtain on the seedy underbelly of big-time college sports. He argues we need more of these stories. I respectfully disagree.

    Nobody's forcing you to read these stories, Jason. (Obviously, since you still have yet to read the specific one that has your size XXXL Fruit of the Looms tied in a knot.) I mean, I could argue that people don't need to live-tweet high school football on Friday nights, but they do it because other people obviously care. Who are you to say what readers "need" or should read?

    This is personal to me. I played college football at Ball State University in the late 1980s.

    No way. None of us knew that about you. Why have you waited until now to reveal this interesting tidbit about yourself? ::)

    I'm not going to tell you the real name of this next athlete or where he played football.

    Yeah, in a column that slams investigative journalism, we should just take your word for it that this person actually exists.

    I could go on, but there's no point. This is not an excellent column. Just more of the same old attention whoring.
  5. scheyer30

    scheyer30 New Member

    I'm confident that at least 75 percent of the people that read the column did not do so with prior knowledge that the columnist is a former football player. We sometimes take for granted the stuff that the general public doesn't pay attention to or care about. A lot of people don't even read bylines.
  6. Joe Lapointe

    Joe Lapointe Member

    Lots of words in this column, many of them "I" and "me." A few good thoughts here amid the mush. Does this man have an editor?
  7. GidalKaiser

    GidalKaiser Member

    I stopped as soon as he started the race-baiting, which was obviously very quickly. Jason Whitlock knows two things: how to race bait and how to get paid to race-bait.
  8. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Nice work if you can get it.
  9. H.L. Mencken

    H.L. Mencken Member

    The notion that Whitlock "race baits" in a traditional sense is completely false. Frankly, no columnist in the country is more critical of "black culture" than Jason Whitlock. Whitlock talks about race in a way that makes people white and black uncomfortable and that's why he is an important voice. He just inserts himself into a lot of topics as a way to always be a part of the discussion and get attention, but he is hardly "race baiting" when he correctly points out that it's a joke some people think higher education will be ruined if 60 kids out of 40,000 end up on campus despite not having great grades.
  10. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    It's not that 60 bad students are allowed in. It's the fact that there are majors designed to help them get through college with minimal effort and that, apparently, there are tutors willing to do their work for them. Both of those things ruin the value of a degree at X University.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Not to mention that in most cases the athletic department is a drain on the general fund.
  12. H.L. Mencken

    H.L. Mencken Member

    Ruin? Holy Christ. Hyperbole much?
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