“It’s one thing for a journalist to see a quip fall flat, but it’s another when people feel abused. To ESPN’s shame, some of its employees have insulted the audience on several occasions with lowbrow or boorish behavior.
(Lists Jacobson, Jemele Hill and Bonnie Bernstein as examples)
John Walsh, executive editor of ESPN, cautioned me to “consider the volume (of content that) our company produces” and said: “I don’t think it’s a cause for a pattern or trend.” ESPN’s staff shouldn’t try so hard to be controversial. The network would have fewer embarrassments.
“We’d rather the scoreboard says none,” Walsh said. “But if the scoreboard says three (examples), we endure.” He called them “three separate instances” and added: “Trying to group them together, I think, would not be a wise thing for you.”
Then call me unwise, Mr. Walsh. I’m not buying your argument.
In the news business, journalists will chalk up something out of the ordinary as an aberration. But when it happens twice, we wonder if it is a pattern. By the third time, it can reasonably be called a trend.
ESPN rejects the idea that there is a pattern of recklessness in its ranks, but I’m not so sure.”
Less funny, but more interesting.