“It rises to the occasion of saying, ‘Oops. Mistake. Sorry.’”

Bobby Hebert says he’s not a journalist, even though he attends LSU games and pressers on his employer’s press pass.

LSU calls Hebert a “representative of the station”.

ESPN, that noted bastion of journalism, sees Hebert as a story.

In a Thursday interview on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show, Hebert mostly discussed the Saints’ upcoming playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, but the news conference question/commentary and subsequent media attention he’d received for it also came up.

The hosts first played a recording of Hebert confronting Miles, then asked Hebert “to take us through what was going on there and what your thoughts were.”

And the radio station where Hebert works describes him as an institution who “got a little carried away”.

No wonder the media is held in such high regard these days.  If they don’t see themselves as bound by certain rules of professionalism, why should the rest of us?

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8 responses to ““It rises to the occasion of saying, ‘Oops. Mistake. Sorry.’”

  1. Scott W.

    Laissez les bon temps rouler!

  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    Actual journalists, assuming the term even applies in a sports context, understand people like Hebert and Rush Limbaugh are primarily entertainers, and view them with the same disdain as the more worldly among us.

    But for the majority of folks the distinction is incomprehensible. Frankly, using the word journalist in a sentence describing Hebert is to diminish the craft.

  3. Hackerdog

    I think Hebert is a dumb man’s Jon Stewart. He’s kind of a journalist, sometimes, except when he’s not. Free to be serious, or a jackass.

  4. ctfain

    I think it’s pretty clear that Bobby Hebert does not count as “the media.”

  5. 69Dawg

    This who LSU pre-game dust up thing is great for everybody but LSU. Rumors of a big fight prior to the game resulting in some seniors not getting to play. The Hat has S’ed in his hat by letting JJ go the distance when he was in way over his head. I wish somebody in the know would set the record straight but the journalists are too busy bashing ole Bobby Hebert to ask the tough questions of the Hat. The “journalists” that cover a team are too much in the sack with the coach to do any real journalism. Look at how SOS banished the SC guy from his presser or how Urban tongue lashed the UF beat writer. We are luck if we get the stats from a game.

    • Cojones

      Correcto! It’s much easier and using less cojones to focus on Hebert, but here’s a story underneath (perhaps) that should command all the attention. Who’s to say Hebert wasn’t correct with his inquiry for the QB reasoned for the game? A locker room blowup would explain everything including pin the tail on the right donkey.

      • Normaltown Mike

        I still think it’s pretty bush league. Kevin Butler will be pointed in his analysis of the team, but I’ve never heard him speak in a manner that presents him as an angry parent of a kid on the team.