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Deadspin Takes Sports Media to Task

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Deadspin Takes Sports Media to Task

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Despite having escaped from the drudgery of the daily newspaper business, your Field Correspondent still feels for his brethren who are sticking it out in the country's shrinking sports sections.

We can understand when stories are short, when headlines are terse, or when a column is accompanied by a 10-year-old mug shot. After all, the survivors are doing the work of three or four people: reporting, writing, rewriting for the web, blogging, tweeting, and Facebooking all on a 24-hour news cycle. That kind of nonstop action would make even the eternally youthful Bob Costas go gray.

Still, we find that many of our former colleagues are having trouble accepting the changing reality of the news business. Simply put, they don't own it anymore. In a world where anyone can be an expert on any subject simply by saying so, sports journalists need to realize that never again are they going to be the only source of news, opinion, and snarkiness.

That's why it hurts to read things such as "The Basement Tapes: A Compendium of Sportswriters' Hacky Jokes About Bloggers" (http://deadspin.com/ 5408682/the-basement-tapes-a-compen dium-of-sportswriters-hacky-jokes-about-bloggers?skyline=true&s=x). Deadspin's Tommy Craggs (himself a former writer for The New York Times' short-lived sports magazine, Play) put together a collection of the most hackneyed, short-sighted things members of the Old Media have ever written or said about the New Media.

And yes, the aforementioned Costas takes a beating for the following comments:

"It's one thing if somebody just sets up a blog from their mother's basement in Albuquerque and they are who they are, and they're a pathetic get-a-life loser, but now that pathetic get-a-life loser can piggyback onto someone who actually has some level of professional accountability and they can be comment No. 17 on Dan Le Batard's column or Bernie Miklasz' column in St. Louis."

Quite frankly, there's not much wrong with that kind of give and take. You get more attention with two-way communication nowadays than by proclaiming yourself the Incontrovertible Oracle of All Knowledge.

Perhaps it's just a little ironic that many of the members of this hall of shame are also the faces you see on TV a lot, on programs such as Around the Horn. Geez, guys, you stick out your necks--and that bulging vein in your temples--and you might just invite some of this.

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