by SENShobo on 11/01/08 at 01:03 PM ET
From Yang Liu of Imprint,
The late great American sports journalist Howard Cosell coined the famous phrase regarding sports reporting, calling it “the toy department of news media.” He would later go on to say “sports media is the toy department of life.” Cosell was merely being ironically self-deprecating, but many in the “more prestigious fields” of journalism such as politics or business have taken the phrase to heart.
Despite being a prominent staple of newspapers and media outlets for over a century now, the sports section is still largely considered by many to be a light-hearted section and often relegated to the back of news telecasts or papers. There is a misconception that many people hold — a binary distinction between seriousness and quality on one side, and superficial and “tabloid” on the other. There is no provision that excludes sports journalism from the analysis, investigation, and critique that forms the basis of legitimate news reporting.
An interesting read, related a bit to my post yesterday about the tension between bloggers and MSM and the League. Maybe it’s this treatment of not just sports journalists, but of sport on the whole, this dismissal, that could in some way induce much of sport’s dismissal of bloggers and non-professional writers, not that there aren’t a host of explanations available, logical or otherwise.
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