What I Learned Over Spring Vacation: ESPN Is Tabloid Journalism

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IApril 5, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Now that Washington has acquired Donovan McNabb from the Eagles, it all but guarantees that the 'Skins will not take Jimmy Clausen, and more likely will select a left tackle of the future in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The trade of Donovan McNabb to Washington has caught the sports world by surprise, because well, ESPN was too busy gossiping about whether the Raiders would bite, and how crazy that they think Al Davis is.

Washington traded a 2nd round pick in 2010 and a conditional pick in 2011 for a rental player and has thus all but ditched the development of the younger Jason Campbell at quarterback. 

Had Al Davis made this same trade, the crows would all be iterating how absurd the trade is, and speculating on whether McNabb should just retire.

Funny that the team to actually acquire McNabb is coached by Al's old rival, Mike Shanahan.  As we all know, ESPN would never disparage Shanahan with gossip and baseless rabbit trails to kill time.

Distrust but Verify

ESPN was once a reputable source for sports news, but once it became an established brand for sports info, it has become an outlet for every rumor and baseless gossip that comes down the pike.

They can blame the viewers that "demand" it all they like.  One thing is certain, that ESPN sacrificed its integrity in order treat the audience as vacuous cash cows.

I do believe that the rumors about the Raiders and McNabb were just BS from ESPN to justify a false line of questions in order to goad scandalous quotes from people about the Raiders, such as McNabb and DeAngelo Hall.

ESPN cooked up rumors and before you know it the story is about "how do people react to such rumors?"


Everybody has an opinion. Why should I conform to someone else?  That person is just as conceited.  Everybody is conceited.

The so and so's in the sports media are just paid to say such and such. Few can break free from a mentality, in which, all comments are molded to appease someone that could get you fired or marginalize your career.

There is no freedom in the 24 hour news format these days and especially sports media, thus, the sports media would like for the people to believe that freedom is just an illusion. The reality is, they're just knee-deep in their proverbial fecal matter.

Okay, I'm being hyperbolic. 

The point however is that, you should never take anything at face value, and especially not what you hear from 24 hour news.  24 hour news, sadly, is the mainstream media.  Outlets such as public broadcasting, or even some well-known names like Jon Stewart or Roger Ebert are not quite "mainstream media" in my opinion, because neither have a national audience.

24-hour news has become nothing more than crypto-censorship, in which the public is expected to conform to whatever the media sprites say is true.

Or that the public is incapable of getting informed without the assistance of some schmo desperate to pay-off the loans that were needed to finance the education he or she needed in order to treat the public as schmucks.

Ask yourself this question.

Which person is truly the ignorant one: The person that optimized public resources in order to self-educate, or the person that paid thousands of dollars to read a book and iterate hand-me-down opinions?

Once you accept that you can never truly win an argument - that is when your mind is set free.

Yet, I will defend my beliefs as vigorously as possible rather than be some automaton that is conditioned by my environment. To be utterly, utterly trite, "I think, therefore I am."


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