ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, talking about bloggers:
… And when you look at the internet business, what’s dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is …someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts. More important are the level of ethics and integrity that comes along with the quote-unqoute (sic) profession hasn’t been firmly established and entrenched in the minds of those who’ve been given that license.
Therefore, there’s a total disregard, a level of wrecklessness that ends up being a domino effect. And the people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven’t been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word. And now they’ve been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever…
“… someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can.” Jeezus. What does he propose doing to prevent this scourge from continuing? Lock all the sports bloggers up in concentration camps? Take away our computers and send us to time out in the corner?
We’re dangerous. Unlicensed. Saboteurs. Something must be done. Because clearly we need to leave stuff like this to the professional experts at ESPN.
I swear, as the cliché goes, you can’t make this stuff up. You really can’t.
(h/t The Agitator)