“To be fair to ESPN’s consumers, it’s a complicated issue.”

ESPN’s Public Editor gives a pass to this:

One of the issues that most confounds ESPN’s audience is how to assess the differing roles played by its many on-camera personalities. What’s the difference between a SportsCenter anchor, an on-air reporter, an analyst or a sideline reporter? Who’s expected to live by the traditional rules and ethics of journalism, and who isn’t?

These questions run through much of the feedback I get from ESPN’s audience. It’s hot again this week, after Deadspin called out ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen for sending out sponsored tweets for a Domino’s Pizza deal that were not labeled as advertising. It was hot last week back when Mike Ditka responded to Al-Jazeera’s HGH report on Peyton Manning by calling the network “garbage.” It was hot back in November when it was revealed that ESPN NFL pregame analyst Ray Lewis had given a motivational speech to the Bills the night before a Monday Night Football game he was working.

What do I mean by a pass?  This is what I mean:  “Expecting analysts to magically transform into journalists is not a realistic expectation — and, frankly, not the role they are being asked to play.”

In other words, drop those expectations, kids, and remember what the “E” in ESPN stands for.

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5 responses to ““To be fair to ESPN’s consumers, it’s a complicated issue.”

  1. Gaskilldawg

    There are not many former players who are worth a damn on television. Guys such as Gary Danielson and Todd Blackledge analyzing the plays add a lot. Studio ex-player talking heads are a waste, unless they have rare talent as does Charles Barkley. I would much rather watch Kornheiser and Wilbon do so PTI than a Booger and Tebow commentary, since Kornheiser and Wilbon’s developed talents include communicating information. There is nothing about being a great corner back that develops mass communication skill.

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  2. gastr1

    Garbage. That’s a good term for everything ESPN is and does other than “Outside the Lines” and Bob Ley. Why even bother with what the former Ombudsman/now Public Editor has to say? Who cares? Who takes them seriously?

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  3. SouthGaDawg

    ESPN is the consummate professional at talking out of both sides of its mouth. They preach #NoMore then have Chris “Fall Guy” Carter and Ray “Double Murder” Lewis on set.

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  4. Jared S.

    ESPN is garbage.

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