The mighty conglomerate that is known as ESPN used to be a great channel to flip on in the morning before work to catch highlights and scores from the previous day. But as with most media it has turned into one constant schlock piece. Choosing to devote non stop coverage of Brett Favre and Lebron James and their every move and word (because supposedly that is what captures viewers) instead of spending time on the sporting events that happened the day before. Somehow useless dribble posted on the likes of “Twitter” has become news, as if they have someone constantly trolling the internet searching for any useless quote that they can find to make into a news story. The idea of the modern day journalist is to stick a microphone in front of an athlete enough times until he puts his foot in his mouth and then blow it up into a new story. It is not good journalism when you are posting stories such as these:
- Oney Guillen (son of White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen) Calls Bobby Jenks “Punk” – Link How is it that you can make a news story out of this? Why do they involve themselves in petty name calling? It isn’t even interesting.
- The famous (sic) Lebron James contraction story………that was about nothing. Link. Once again, who cares what he thinks?
- This is a “news” article to tell us that nothing has happened – Link
- Oh but this is a must post – Link
I think you get my point. I do understand that ESPN are far from the only offenders, but understand that they are the biggest fish in the pond and they lead by example. I have spent less and less time watching ESPN, only tuning in to MLB games, Baseball Tonight and college sports. They will continue to try to appeal to the masses with schlock like Around The Horn and Sports Nation.