Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Stephen A. Smith: Loves Cheese Doodles but Hates Bloggers

Stephen A. Smith recently had this to say in an interview. Now, I'm not entirely sure if this is supposed to be written in English or is some sort of jumble where we have to rearrange the words to make a statement that actually makes some sense but here it is:
"And when you look at the internet business, what's dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is ...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts."

Now, he's hardly the first traditional media member to feel threatened by the prospect of job elimination at the hands of evil bloggers. In fact, I'm sure there's a cranky newspaperman somewhere that writes one of these things every day. Apparently they feel that free speech and an open market of ideas is only good when they are the only ones that can talk.
...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts.

I had to read this line about five times but he's essentially saying that unless you are trained you should have no "format" to express your views. I'm kind of curious what those that have spent their lives training to be some sort of television broadcaster think about Stephen A. screaming his VERY....IMPORTANT.....OPINIONS on television every week.
"Therefore, there's a total disregard, a level of wrecklessness that ends up being a domino effect. And the people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven't been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word."

Absolutely! The common viewers are suffering every time we see you on TV.
"And now they've been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever."

I'm really not sure why these guys are so threatened by bloggers? Because it might show that you can get intelligent commentary on a team without buying a newspaper or turning on ESPN? Journalists that go to games and ask questions as press conference will always have some sort of role (how else will we get our cliched responses?) but just because someone doesn't have a journalism degree doesn't mean they can't have insight.

If you're worried that bloggers sometimes get things wrong how many things has ESPN been wrong about? You only need to go back to last weekend when their website had two different headlines saying exactly opposite things about what Les Miles was going to do. Or, if you want to look at the political/hard news world just look at the New York Times apologizing for blowing their coverage leading up to the Iraq War.

I should point out that there's a large distinction between something like this blog and something like Daily Kos or Deadspin. Those are actually very well done and this is where I come to write 20 minute rants for 10 people to read. There's a reason they get millions of hits and I don't...because they're good and the public recognizes that. Give the people a little credit and assume that they can find worthy voices out there without having to let a producer of CNN or ESPN decide for them.

So, how about you just stfu and have some more CHEESE DOODLES and I'll keep bitching about you.

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