When Twitter =/= Journalism →
Blogger Jason Schrier exposes @NFLDraftInsider
The Sociology Scandal, Plus Five
(Note: This is the first thing I have written for The War Eagle Reader, my favorite Auburn blog. But since this is my personal blog, and it does relate to sports media, I am posting it here — actually drafting it here, to be technical.) Five years ago this summer, one of the most embarrassing articles ever written about Auburn was printed in The New York Times. On July 14, 2006, Pete...
Rupert Murdoch and Thayer Evans
Rupert is the boss; Thayer is the employee. Let’s start there. Rupert Murdoch and his family are major stockholders in News Corp, parent company of Fox Sports, which employs Thayer Evans. During Murdoch’s phone hacking scandal, much was made of the fact that this was a British thing. Journalists on the other side of the pond paid private investigators to hack the cell phone...
Updyke Foiled! →
Click here to read. Toomer’s Corner can still be rolled this fall.
Going Easy on the U.S. Women's Team? →
Jemele Hill of ESPN wonders if the press and fans are patronizing the U.S. women’s soccer team.
A Quick Dismissal of the ESPYs
SportsMediaWatch and Deadspin are reporting that the ESPYs drew their worst ratings ever. Fewer than 2 million people watched. For some perspective, more people watched the new lawyer show featuring Zach from Saved by the Bell. A disclaimer: Although I teach at Auburn and am an Auburn fan, this has nothing to do with the fact that Auburn was mentioned in five categories and awarded in none. ...
Suspended or Not?
On Thursday, July 14, at 4:16 p.m., Sports by Brooks reported that ESPN had suspended college football reporter Bruce Feldman for his role in writing Mike Leach’s autobiography, Swing Your Sword. Of course, Sports by Brooks deals more in rumors than news. He tends to throw things at the wall and see what sticks. This time around, it stuck — at least, for the sports media...
More of a News Corp-se
Before I update the scandal facing Rupert Murdoch and his scandal-obsessed media empire, I should say one thing up front: I believe that Rupert and James Murdoch are well-acquainted with everything that took place at News of the World and other Murdoch publications. I mean, get real: You don’t build a multibillion media empire by signing the checks and letting those under you make the...
There is an inborn desire of knowing cause when effect is seen — this is...– St. Thomas Aquinas
News of the World
To most Americans, “News of the World” was just a Queen album from the late 1970s (notable mainly for giving us “We Will Rock You,” for better or worse). Now, of course, NOTW is the latest media ethics pariah, a deserved honor. The newspaper always had a racy reputation, one that earned it almost 3 million readers, the most widely read tabloid in Great Britain. The...
Save the Snark, ESPN
I’m not one to assume an anti-Auburn or anti-Cam Newton conspiracy on the part of ESPN, but they definitely have been letting that pony ride far too long, and in far too many directions. Check their recent article on Cam Newton being bypassed for SEC Athlete of the Year, in favor of Tennessee tennis player John-Patrick Smith. (Click on the ESPN logo below to link to it.) The...
The Link That Will Sink Oregon →
A great example that even in a Twitter era, a good interview (Willie Lyles, in this case) by two good journalists (Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel) can provide a story that will cause Oregon big problems.
The Oxford comma is not dead →
I guess rumors about the University of Oxford doing away with the “serial comma” caused quite the Twitter uproar. All for no reason, of course. Click on the title to read the full story in The Guardian.