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January 05, 2010

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Will Collier

This certainly isn't the first time ESPN has ignored ethics in the name of boosting an on-air employee. When South Carolina was put on NCAA probation a few years back, the network gave Lou Holtz several minutes of uninterrupted airtime to read a statement denying that he'd broken the rules--and what was worse, they did absolutely no follow-up. No questions, no reporting, no fact-check, just Lou spluttering out his self-serving statement. The broadcast just moved on from there. It was outrageous and pathetic.

T-Bone

What this professor fails to understand is that the E in ESPN stands for Entertainment. ESPN is not a credible news source and does not carry themselves as one. They try to act like one every once in a while but at the end of the day, they are here for entertainment purposes.

Rob

T-Bone, The sad thing is you're probably right. The biggest thing I noticed over the weekend besides the whole Craig James deal is the assigning of Kirk Herbstreit to the Rose Bowl despite him being a big Ohio State homer. In my job I've seen people moved from stories because of their connection to certain places or people. ESPN has failed in that account because it provides the ratings.

Josh

Maybe someone should mention that Craig James is a complete asshole?

DK

Remember when everyone was gushing about Bob Griese calling the Rose Bowl when his son played for UM? Now all of a sudden some egghead sees it as an ethics issue

What else is Craig James going to do? Talk about tennis? Who are they going to get to replace him? Lou Holtz? One of the Bowdens? Half of these guys have kids in one sport or another (and it's not limited to ESPN.) James is going to pay a huge credibility price for this situation. As much as I can't stand him, he's not stupid so you have to know he knew the issues when he made the accusations. I don't think depriving him of a livelihood because his kid plays college football would have changed anything.

Nick

or maybe someone should mention that Craig James directly led to SMU's death penalty.

Matt

DK, I do remember when Bob Griese called the 1998 Rose Bowl and kept lobbying the whole game for Michigan to win the NC.

Of course, it just made Bob look like a chump, especially when Michigan won in such a craptacular, cheap, referee-assisted fashion against the #8 team. Of course, Nebraska destroying a #3, Peyton Manning-led Tennessee also helped generate the split.

And ESPN does assert itself as a Sports News outlet--even one of its channels is supposedly news-only, despite the overabundance of editorial and bias exhibited by the presenters.

However, there's a bigger problem than just ESPN's journalistic ethics (or lack thereof)--the lack of ethics by the media as a whole anymore (I won't name names as I don't want this becoming political).

Hell, part of the reason print media suffers isn't because of the internet circumventing their business model, but because the internet has exposed the print media and those that write for it as what they are, and it's hard to accept information from a source that has checked its ethics at the door.

Sweetmommy

One of the better stories I've read on this subject! Keep it up!

Brian  McCormack

Too many sports fans take ESPN as the gospel and rarely question the slanted agenda driven content presented on a daily basis. During the Alamo Bowl the actions of Leech were questioned extensively while Craig James was left out of the discussion.

ESPN is not more than Disney Sports so one should expect little and get less.

Reverend Paul Revere

DK, I don't think anyone is saying James shouldn't be allowed to call football games. That is his job. But he shouldn't be allowed to call Texas Tech games when his son goes there, just like Griese shouldn't have called that Rose Bowl game, Herby probably shouldn't call Ohio State games (though I actually think he is objective), Blackledge shouldn't call Penn State games (think he's pretty objective too), etc. It's a journalism ethics problem.

That doesn't mean those guys shouldn't call college football games. They just shouldn't call games that give the appearance of a clear conflict of interest. It's journalism 101, frankly.

Clearly, the E is the most important component to ESPN. They've clearly proven that.

mosdog

the hiffingtoncompost is not a legitimate source for information and journalistic "ethics" what a pile fo shit. ESPN etichs of having commentators not journos on is not unethical Craig James, and everybody else is a commentator only Joe Schad and say Craig Mortensen are the reporter/jouros like Ed Werdel etc. They aren't commentators dufuses thre is a differnse that said. Fuck adrian and all of you retarded scum.

mosdog

You morons are too creppy to understand what journalism is and how it is different from fucking commentating let me tell you Lou Holtz didn't do anything wrong and givign him uninterrupted air time is well within their right. You creepy assholes pretending to understand what ethics are to begin is hysterical. Whats unethical is elftist liars like yourself and huffington imbecile lying about Rush Limbaugh fabricating quotes. As a media org you bring both sides on in the case of Rush they didn't in the case of Leach it was. Twice they brought him on and his lawyer your silly notion that equal time needs to be given is absurd considering the story was constantly being reported on. Only a real biased telling of events as done with Rush and by the big media concerning politics is present in the way ESPN reports things. That phony ethics nut knows nothing about ethics and is another absurd fascist leftnut whose notion of "Ethics" is totalitarian hackery and claiming fairness balance where it does't exist, whinign about where it does because the other side is heard and bitching that commentators are chosne by popularity.

mosdog

Leftist websites are not credible news sources. However ESPN is depsite the fact I hate them. When it comes to real news injuries scnadals and certain aspects of sports they are news with left-wing bullshit added on top of it. The compost is not a legitimate site its Soros' Hollywood bullshit fest on the web ignored by the intelligent and worshipped by the dumb.

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