Thursday, October 27, 2005

The CBS news division has been attacked for the reliability of its information, and the seriousness with which it takes its job generally. And they've found the perfect way to respond to those challenges: they've appointed as their new head the head of the sports division, Sean McManus, whose entire career to date has been in sports. Perhaps it will work. Sportscasters have to be willing to call bullshit on a source that is obviously fibbing --- a talent that seems remarkably rare, these days, in the "serious" national press.

But the repair plan itself would be slightly more credible if McManus were leaving his old job, instead of trying to do both at once...


Anonymous Tom Scudder said...

There's that, and there's the fact that Keith Olbermann is one of the few people on tee vee who's been willing consistently to call bullshit on the powers that be.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Gothamimage said...

Typically the sports pages are far more intelligent than the so-called serious side of the paper.

Many "serious" journalists, with their degrees in "communications" and "journalism" and their Cliff Note minds, are unequal to the task of taking on many public issues.

Often with sports pages, despite the stereotype, it's very different-extrodinarily bright individuals cover games.

Just imagine if any sports editor covered the debate about a team in the following year, the way the Time ("we were all fooled") did about WMD and Chalabi. Maybe that's not the best example, if you think that some reporters were fooled because they wanted to be.

10:51 AM  

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