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Jason Whitlock: Imus Isn't the Real Bad Guy
KC Star ^ | 4/11/07 | Jason Whitlock

Posted on 04/11/2007 6:41:32 AM PDT by meg88

Imus isn’t the real bad guy

Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

You’ve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

While we’re fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, I’m sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Cent’s or Snoop Dogg’s latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.

I ain’t saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they don’t have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the real black-folk killas.

It is us. At this time, we are our own worst enemies. We have allowed our youths to buy into a culture (hip hop) that has been perverted, corrupted and overtaken by prison culture. The music, attitude and behavior expressed in this culture is anti-black, anti-education, demeaning, self-destructive, pro-drug dealing and violent.

Rather than confront this heinous enemy from within, we sit back and wait for someone like Imus to have a slip of the tongue and make the mistake of repeating the things we say about ourselves.

It’s embarrassing. Dave Chappelle was offered $50 million to make racially insensitive jokes about black and white people on TV. He was hailed as a genius. Black comedians routinely crack jokes and we all laugh out loud.

I’m no Don Imus apologist. He and his tiny companion Mike Lupica blasted me after I fell out with ESPN. Imus is a hack.

But, in my view, he didn’t do anything outside the norm for shock jocks and comedians. He also offered an apology. That should’ve been the end of this whole affair. Instead, it’s only the beginning. It’s an opportunity for Stringer, Jackson and Sharpton to step on victim platforms and elevate themselves and their agenda$.

I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.

Somehow, we’re supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgers’ wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.

But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.

In the grand scheme, Don Imus is no threat to us in general and no threat to black women in particular. If his words are so powerful and so destructive and must be rebuked so forcefully, then what should we do about the idiot rappers on BET, MTV and every black-owned radio station in the country who use words much more powerful and much more destructive?

I don’t listen or watch Imus’ show regularly. Has he at any point glorified selling crack cocaine to black women? Has he celebrated black men shooting each other randomly? Has he suggested in any way that it’s cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that they’re suckers for pursuing education and that they’re selling out their race if they do?

When Imus does any of that, call me and I’ll get upset. Until then, he is what he is — a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when you’re not looking to be made a victim.

No. We all know where the real battleground is. We know that the gangsta rappers and their followers in the athletic world have far bigger platforms to negatively define us than some old white man with a bad radio show. There’s no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.

To reach Jason Whitlock, call (816) 234-4869 or send e-mail to jwhitlock@kcstar.com. For previous columns, go to KansasCity


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: imus; pc; reparations; shakedown
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1 posted on 04/11/2007 6:41:33 AM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88

I can’t believe Jason Whitlock wrote this.


2 posted on 04/11/2007 6:44:38 AM PDT by Bahbah (Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: meg88
Jason has a ways to go himself. Why should he be ashamed of something someone else says just because she has a similar skin color?

I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.

3 posted on 04/11/2007 6:46:39 AM PDT by DManA
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To: meg88

Its too bad this guy isn’t on ESPN anymore. It would be a welcome contrast to the white commentators tripping all over themselves to show who is the most politically correct.


4 posted on 04/11/2007 6:46:47 AM PDT by Aetius
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To: meg88
Standing O for Whitlock! Damn!
5 posted on 04/11/2007 6:47:41 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Bahbah

Good grief, I’m with you. I’m stunned to see this with Whitlock’s byline on it.

}:-)4


6 posted on 04/11/2007 6:50:03 AM PDT by Moose4 (I don't speed in Durham--if I get pulled for 65 in a 55, Mike Nifong'll have me doing 15 to life.)
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To: Moose4

WEEI is talking about this column now. Dennis and Callahan believe there will be a Wish List on MSNBC’s CEO’s desk very soon.


7 posted on 04/11/2007 6:52:23 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: meg88

Imus looks like more of an idiot as each day passes. The original comment he made was something you can hear in any comedy club in America every night of the week. But, the cry-baby Don Imus is out-doing himself each day with all of the grovelling. Even his biggest fans are not going to be able to maintain any respect for him after this spectacle.

The funniest aspect of all this is watching the ever lengthening parade of “civil rights” mouthpieces and liberal media-types getting their panties in a wad over this.

Now that the Anna Nicole story is finally petering out, the “news” networks need a new controversy to regurgitate for the next couple of weeks.

Imus to the rescue.


8 posted on 04/11/2007 6:52:35 AM PDT by colonel mosby
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To: meg88

Homie Run!!

Pray for W and Our Troops


9 posted on 04/11/2007 6:52:47 AM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both enemies of America)
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To: Bahbah

Yeah, I’m pretty sure the night guy hacked into “Big Sexy”’s computer and wrote this. Unless he’s jockeying to get back on the radio...


10 posted on 04/11/2007 6:53:01 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: meg88

bookmark


11 posted on 04/11/2007 6:55:52 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here... move on.)
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To: Aetius

Agreed. ESPN is terrified of anything controversial.


12 posted on 04/11/2007 6:56:51 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: meg88

I guess that I’m totally un-PC.

All I see is a bunch of race-baiting pimps circling in blood infested waters over a non-event where Imus was egged on by Bernie.

I’ll bet that none of the Rutgers team would have ever known what was said except for the pimps making an event about it, and if they did hear about it, would have shrugged it off as they put up with more harassment by the male black students every day as they walk to classes.

But then I’m not PC!


13 posted on 04/11/2007 6:57:02 AM PDT by aShepard (Oh little Mohammad, kouchy, kouchy, koo, Your momma is so proud,you'll be the cutest suicide bomber!)
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To: mainepatsfan

John Gibson’s radio show last night was all about this topic. He played clips from the Media Matters guy saying Gibson, along with Glen Beck and of course Rush, have been saying racist things on the radio for a long time. What nonsense. I would like to hear one example of a racist thing Rush has ever said. I suppose they count it as bigotry if Rush dares to criticize Charlie Rangel or someone like that.


14 posted on 04/11/2007 6:59:05 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: massgopguy

The powers that be at Rutgers are probably already discussing how to spend the money.


15 posted on 04/11/2007 6:59:41 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

I’ve watched the various ESPN shows that features sportswriters debating various topics several times, and doing so has convinced me that sportswriters are even more leftwing and politically correct than their hard-news counterparts.

Its as though they feel the need to prove to their hard-news colleagues that while they may not be doing the important work of promoting Democrats and tearing down conservatives, they nonetheless hold all of the proper views and will prove it whenever they get the chance.


16 posted on 04/11/2007 7:02:10 AM PDT by Aetius
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To: Moose4

I don’t know. I think Whitlock is a pretty straight shooter. Anyone who gets fired from ESPN for calling out Scoop Jackson is OK in my book.


17 posted on 04/11/2007 7:02:46 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Bahbah

His article about the Black KKK (his criticism of NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas) was also excellent.


18 posted on 04/11/2007 7:02:47 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: Aetius
Agreed. They seem to be even more obnoxious as well.
19 posted on 04/11/2007 7:03:45 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: LanPB01

Which ESPN completely ignored by the way.


20 posted on 04/11/2007 7:04:06 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: meg88

Sharpton, Jaxhun, & the rest of the race pimps were set in Sep 2001 for the big splash with their agenda in South Africa with the UN Proceeding on “racism” and slavery that was headed toward reparations on a grand scale.....but it was somewhat derailed by the Israel matter, and then completely by 9-11. The race pimps here in the US have been on the back burner ever since, despite anything they can cook up.....business has been bad for a long time for them.

But things fell into place for them, finally, with a stupid but routine joking remark by Imus, who can be pointed to after the fact as being mostly a liberal......and NOW (this non-issue having been exploited so successfully, in fact beyond the wildest dreams of those pressing it) the way is cleared to go after any and all conservative talkers. Imus is no conquest for the left.....who are quite willing to sacrifice one who has been seemingly friendly to them, even though he has been abrasive and mostly irrelevant to them he is a feather in their cap since when the conservative talkers come under attack en masse they can point to Imus and claim HE was no conservative, so there is no bias in their current campaign to take conservative talkers down.

This will be in full swing before summer arrives.


21 posted on 04/11/2007 7:06:21 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: meg88
This guy is right on! Blacks are their own worst enemy. We were waiting at a light watching a black kid seem to limp across the street. On closer observation we realized his pants were so low they were below his buttocks with a belt tightly holding them there so he had trouble walking. If we had used the ‘n’ word to tell him to get out of the street before he got hit, we would have been hailed as racist. But if he had been wearing normal pants and walking in a regular manner we never would have thought of the ‘n’ word.
22 posted on 04/11/2007 7:07:32 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: meg88
Has he at any point glorified selling crack cocaine to black women? Has he celebrated black men shooting each other randomly? Has he suggested in any way that it’s cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that they’re suckers for pursuing education and that they’re selling out their race if they do?

When Imus does any of that, call me and I’ll get upset.

Nails it.

23 posted on 04/11/2007 7:09:04 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever He tells you.' ")
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To: mainepatsfan

Of course they did. I really don’t see how ESPN is managing to remain as the leader in sports news. I can’t imagine a more limp wristed group of pansies than the ones they have on the air and on their website. Every few days, another mindless article about gays in sports pops up. Then, a few days later, there will be yet another article about the lack of minorities in sports (the most recent was about the lack of blacks in baseball). When I see these things on their website, I have to ask, who the hell is this marketed to? Is there any sports fan in the country that wants to read their pathetic social commentary?


24 posted on 04/11/2007 7:09:37 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: Pukin Dog

25 posted on 04/11/2007 7:10:42 AM PDT by meg88
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To: colonel mosby

It was a stupid lame joke.

Meanwhile, there hasn’t been a rap album produced in the last ten years that doesn’t basically call them niggas and hos.

But they ain’t gettin all upset about that now, are they?


26 posted on 04/11/2007 7:11:23 AM PDT by djf (Democracy - n, def: The group that gets PAID THE MOST ends up VOTING THE MOST See: TRAGEDY)
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To: djf

While watching the joke of the Rutgers news conference I was wondering what songs the girls had in their iPods.


27 posted on 04/11/2007 7:14:46 AM PDT by Shyla
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To: meg88

Boy, does Jason Whitlock really hit it on the head!


28 posted on 04/11/2007 7:15:04 AM PDT by Gritty (Of the two suicide cults America confronts, Liberalism is by far the more lethal - Don Feder)
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To: LanPB01

What frustrates me as a sports fan is they go out of their way to say something nice about a player or team even when they clearly don’t deserve it.


29 posted on 04/11/2007 7:18:14 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: meg88

He’s absolutely right, Mike Lupica is a tiny companion.


30 posted on 04/11/2007 7:18:14 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: meg88

And this is the guy ESPN sacked because he once criticized whiny NYC weasel Mike Lupica. ESPN also continues to employ “writers” like Scoop Jackson, Screamin’ A. Smith and now Jemele Hill, who once declared that Tiger Woods wasn’t doing enough for the black cause (?!?!?).

It’s a sad commentary on the times that many think Whitlock is only “allowed” to criticize hip-hop culture because he is black himself - but let’s ignore the circumstances and thank him for his courage and lucidity.


31 posted on 04/11/2007 7:19:00 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Lee'sGhost

Why did J Whit have a falling out with ESPN? Was he a little too conservative for their liberal northeastern tastes up there...


32 posted on 04/11/2007 7:20:11 AM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88
"Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred."

Powerful words that really ring true. When I think of an oppressed race I think of the Jews, who over the millenia have been marginalized, maltreated and subjugated by nearly every country they've migrated to. Yet their indomitable spirit and God-given abilities have always won out over oppression. The Jews have always risen to cultural equality and economic prosperity with every people of every nation, regardless of prejudices against them. They need no special laws to attain 'equality', because the natural law that declares "water rises to its own level" cannot be overridden by any amount of human hatred or ignorance, or by any nation's laws. The Jewish people should be an inspiration to blacks who still feel oppressed. In this generation at least, the black people of America are their own worst enemy, because as the author so articulately points out, they oppress themselves.

33 posted on 04/11/2007 7:24:15 AM PDT by Oceans99
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To: meg88

Nappy headed ho's? Thats it? THAT'S IT?

I haven't been following too closely, but I had heard about the suspension. I never heard what he said, but I assumed it was something REALLY bad, I mean, this guy is already AWFUL, he is nothing more than a big d*ck with a microphone, IMHO.

I am not impressed, Imus should be off the air for a lot of reasons, but really, this is pathetic. This is embarassing for us as a CULTURE. The hypocracy is stupifying.

34 posted on 04/11/2007 7:24:48 AM PDT by Paradox (Secular Conservative, thank God!)
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To: meg88

I have no idea. Don’t read SI. I just know that when I see Lupica on TV I change the channel.


35 posted on 04/11/2007 7:27:29 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Bahbah
I can’t believe Jason Whitlock wrote this.

Really? I can. He's written about stuff like this in the past. Most recently slamming the NBA ‘All-Star” week at Las Vegas.

I don’t always agree with Whitlock –in fact about half the time I don’t. He is an arrogant, self-promoting, egomaniac (am I repeating myself?) But a broke clock is correct twice a day.

36 posted on 04/11/2007 7:30:18 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here... move on.)
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To: Publius Valerius
I think Whitlock is a pretty straight shooter.

Whitlock has always been a straight shooter. Now that he is free from the politically-correct, Disney-owned "worldwide leader in sports" he has become even more of a straight shooter.

IMO, he truly sees the country as the rest of us in "flyover" country see it. Not the way, ESPN and the rest of the East Coast MSM see it!

He definitely nailed the real problem in this column, and even got in a dig at that worthless piece of junk Mike Lupica.
37 posted on 04/11/2007 7:32:56 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Texas Governor Rick Perry: The Best Aggie Joke Ever!)
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To: Lurking in Kansas
He's written about stuff like this in the past.

Yes, someone else pointed that out. I was unaware of that. He is certainly right on this one so credit where credit is due.

38 posted on 04/11/2007 7:32:59 AM PDT by Bahbah (Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: meg88
But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.

Speaking of opportunism, the coverage of this is sickening. An army of talking heads don their velvet robes of self-righteous, politically correct piety, all the while thinking "Ratings bonanza, let's milk this for all it's worth."

The biggest story in the world for a week is that some radio clown said three stinking words.

I'm glad there's not a world war going on, that'd be something to talk about.

39 posted on 04/11/2007 7:36:09 AM PDT by FlyVet (O)
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To: LanPB01

ESPN appears to have a dynamite team of businessmen that have really put the screws to sports leagues, and it helps that they are backed by ABC.

I agree with you, though. I think ESPN is far too self-important for my taste, but for better or for worse, it is a sports powerhouse.

The only sport that I can think of in recent memory that gave the figurative finger to ESPN was professional golf, and I’m not even sure that was the wisest move.


40 posted on 04/11/2007 7:36:13 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: meg88

Here’s Jason Whitlock’s explanation of his firing, which happened after a blog interview:

“I told the blog that part of the reason I was leaving Page 2 was because I was uncomfortable with Page 2’s relationship with Scoop Jackson. Much of his writing is childish, anti-white and a caricature of a negative black stereotype. I didn’t say it in the blog interview, but it’s my belief that it is irresponsible for the World Wide Leader to publish much of what Scoop writes. Over the last year, I’ve shared these opinions with ESPN executives countless times. I said nothing in the blog interview that I hadn’t said privately.

“I told the blog that Lupica and Joe Valerio, the producer of “The Sports Reporters,” had become disenchanted with me because I would not join in the crusade to portray Barry Bonds as the baseball anti-Christ. I’m not a Bonds fan and don’t think all that much of his recent accomplishments. But a life spent competing in sports and writing about sports has made me uninterested in pretending that Bonds is the real villain in the steroids mess. And I have zero tolerance for when people try to censor my ability to state fair opinions.

“You might read this and think that I think I’ve been treated unfairly by ESPN. I don’t.

“This was inevitable. ESPN does not tolerate criticism. Sportswriters far more distinguished than yours truly — Tony Kornheiser, John Feinstein and T.J. Simers — have been banned/suspended for comments perceived to be detrimental to the World Wide Leader.”


41 posted on 04/11/2007 7:38:57 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Aetius
doing so has convinced me that sportswriters are even more leftwing and politically correct than their hard-news counterparts.

Please do not paint sportswriters with such a broad brush, based solely on the egomanics featured on ESPN.

Ask yourself, why you never see a sports reporter on ESPN from Houston, Denver, Memphis or any other city in "flyover" country. Answer: because they want to talk about actual sports, not social justice or injustice in sports. Whitlock was the exception. His midwestern values brought him in direct confrontation with the "we know what's best" attitude of snobs like Boston's Bob Ryan and New York's Mike Lupica.
42 posted on 04/11/2007 7:43:20 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Texas Governor Rick Perry: The Best Aggie Joke Ever!)
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To: meg88

Nailed it. Great article.


43 posted on 04/11/2007 7:44:25 AM PDT by Antoninus (I don't vote for liberals, regardless of party.)
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To: meg88

Kudos to Whitlock, this is exactly what needed to be said. Everyone on this thread should email him ASAP.


44 posted on 04/11/2007 7:45:48 AM PDT by gura
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To: Publius Valerius

I’m glad to hear someone else considers Scoop Jackson a blight upon ESPN. Personally, I consider him and his writing a blight upon humanity, but I guess Whitlock couldn’t go that far.


45 posted on 04/11/2007 7:50:28 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: meg88

Wow. For the first time ever I agree with Jason Whitlock. He drove me from watching The Sports Reporters when he was on....


46 posted on 04/11/2007 7:59:02 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Aetius
I’ve watched the various ESPN shows that features sportswriters debating various topics several times, and doing so has convinced me that sportswriters are even more leftwing and politically correct than their hard-news counterparts.

They are - like Dan LeRetard.....

47 posted on 04/11/2007 8:01:29 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: aShepard
"they put up with more harassment by the male black students every day as they walk to classes."

Why?

Carolyn

48 posted on 04/11/2007 8:05:47 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Publius Valerius
Feinstein once said the best day of his career was seeing ESPN's Bristol, Conn, headquarters in his rear-view mirrow.

I notice him now occasionally turning up on the network though....

49 posted on 04/11/2007 8:08:16 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: TexanByBirth
"we know what's best" attitude of snobs like Boston's Bob Ryan and New York's Mike Lupica.

I like Ryan... he had a problem of his own with his comments on Mrs Jason Kidd (which comments I agreed with).

50 posted on 04/11/2007 8:10:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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