Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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He's been an inspiration to crossdressers, body-piercers and psychedelic hairdressers everywhere. Now, DENNIS RODMAN is inspiring sports editors . . . into conscience attacks. BILL DWYRE of the Los Angeles Times is the latest to check his moral compass:

"When Dennis Rodman left the egg he hatched from and descended from the moon some 35 years ago, none of us in sports journalism realized what a problem we would one day have on our hands.

"For a sports editor, he is the ultimate Catch 22. Call me Yossarian. "How do you report on the various activities of such a person without, in so doing, glamorizing those activities? But how do you not report on the various activities of such a person when that person, almost as a sidelight, is one of the best rebounders and defensive players in the history of pro basketball? "Are there really some screws loose with this guy, or is this the greatest case of fraud fruit-caking since TINY TIM and his guitar? Is this guy JERRY LEWIS or CARL LEWIS? Or maybe LEWIS CARROLL? Curiouser and curiouser, indeed. "A decision to publish lots about Rodman offends those whose sense of the normal order of things includes a dislike for public profanity, tattoos, nose rings and men in dresses. A decision to publish nothing but the bare minimum of information about Rodman offends those who see him as a rebel with a cause or a gimmick with a game plan and therefore someone with high readership and interest value. It's the swamp or the moral high ground. "Or maybe it's neither. Maybe we need to take Rodman as we take one of those big fat pills: One painful gulp at a time, with the additional joyous thought, like the headache you take the fat pill for, that he, now 35, will soon just go away. At least away from the sports pages. "One key element in our daily journalistic Rodman watch is that we make it clear to him and all his fans that we know what he knows. …

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