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********: How ESPN Ditched Journalism And Followed Skip Bayless To The Bottom

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by SaltwaterServr, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    In October, Doug Gottlieb, a radio host and basketball analyst who'd decamped for CBS the previous month after nine years with ESPN, went on The Dan Patrick Show and dropped something of a truth bomb about his time in Bristol:
    I was told specifically, "You can't talk enough Tebow." I would jokingly throw it into a segment. "I gotta find 15 seconds here to talk about Tebow, all right let's move on and talk about Major League Baseball."

    Later, he said:

    Is it ridiculous how much you have to talk about Tebow? Yeah! But for whatever reason people can't get enough of that story, and they kind of stoke the fireā€”that's kind of what ESPN does.

    Read the rest below. Summary, ESPN has no journalistic integrity whatsoever. The end.

  2. Bluestang

    Bluestang Well-Known Member

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    This is news?
  3. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Errrr. Not really, but no one's ever bothered to put it all together with word type things on the interwebz before.
  4. Bluestang

    Bluestang Well-Known Member

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    That's why I find it amusing when people start a thread and the first thing they say is that they listened to ESPN or ESPN Radio.
  5. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    That litany of gaffes is pretty damning.
  6. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    This is why I quit watching ESPN long ago or reading the espn site.

    I only go to ESPN to watch an actual game and basketball score they have the best Basketball Box score breakdowns. otherwise I ignore espn
  7. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    What kills me is how many people still staunchly defend ESPN.

    But, this is more than ESPN. ESPN is a large part of the sports media and generally dictate what the sports media is doing, but we've seen this regression of the sports media for years. I think a big indictment of this is Mike Florio's rise to fame in the world of NFL 'journalism.' He's got a prominent position at NBC which if you know how he got started, is really a joke. Sadly, he had offers from both ESPN and NBC, but NBC outbid ESPN for his services.

    It's not that this stuff has been going on for a while. We were always going to find those reporters that would lack any integrity to move ahead. It's just that it started to become more popular and then blatantly encouraged by ESPN. And from my experience, once there is more leeway given for integrity and accuracy, eventually people will just start making stories up.

  8. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    True that.

    I always say that if you get your "new" from a source, at least the source should have "news" somewhere in its original nomenclature.
  9. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    Its not just sports media/journalism. Its in all of journalism. Its all about creating interest and ratings as well as agenda promoting.
  10. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Well I'm convinced.
  11. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Very good read. However, unfortunately this phenomenon is not limited to sports media.
  12. Blackspider214

    Blackspider214 Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. Sportscenter and Sunday Countdown used to be a must for me when I was growing up (I'm 28 now). Now it is a circus and a joke. You have First Take, which is a staged argument show like Crossfire does with politics. Same as PTI. Now everyone tries to make as many jokes as possible when giving you the highlights.
  13. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    This is hardly limited to ESPN. It's the media in general.

    Benghazi, and the multiple controversies surrounding it, far outweighs the events and implications that Watergate had, but it's getting minimal coverage at best by the mainstream media. Journalism died many years ago. The Bieber-Selena breakup is ruled much more important than four people dying in Benghazi at the hands of the adminstration.

    Likewise, ESPN is no longer about covering sports. It's about manufacturing sports drama.

    More specifically, it's about manufacturing NORTHEAST sports drama. Anything south or west of Philadelphia might as well be soccer. The Lakers, Cowboys, and Peyton Manning are the lone exception, unless Brett Farve unretires.

    If they could do Red Sox/Yankees/Giants/Patriots/Jets/Celtic/Knicks coverage 23 hours a day, they would.

    And the media has morphed into a self-aggrandizing fraud as a whole. The media is more fixated on creating celebrities out of themselves than reporting news.

    Look at Walter Cronkite. He was a devout liberal, but no one knew it back in the day. He put his job first. You don't see that anymore.
  14. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Said thing is, their jokes are usually better than their sports reporting....
  15. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Benghazi's a stalking horse: But that argument is not for here....
  16. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    ESPN is the best!!!!! ;)
  17. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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  18. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    why I call it BSPN
  19. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    It's about tweets and clicks and hits and ratings.

    Is anyone surprised ESPN higher ups tell hosts to mention Tebow? Is that really surprising to anyone? Only one show (the one where they banned mentioning Tebow's name but end up mentioning it anyway) in the entire off-season did Tebow's name not be brought up as a topic.

    I'm a huge Tebow fan, but I found the incessant mention of Tebow way overboard.

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