Bob Costas, HBO/NBC
the 16 inch tall sportscaster, apparently doesn't like bloggers. Same applies for Mike Wilbon, Stephen A. Smith, etc. These are his quotes in an interview with the Miami Herald before I get upset:
Many newspapers (including The Miami Herald) allow readers to post comments, hoping to generate web hits and enlightened exchange of ideas.
I understand with newspapers struggling and hoping to hold on to, or possibly expand their audiences, I understand why they do what they do, Costas said. 'But it's one thing if somebody just sets up a blog from their mother's basement in Albuquerque and they are who they are, and they're a pathetic get-a-life loser, but now that pathetic get-a-life loser can piggyback onto someone who actually has some level of professional accountability and they can be comment No. 17 on Dan Le Batard's column or Bernie Miklasz' column in St. Louis. That, in most cases, grants a forum to somebody who has no particular insight or responsibility. Most of it is a combination of ignorance or invective.'
What bothers Costas -- and he's not alone -- is Internet and talk radio commentary that ``confuses simple mean-spiritedness and stupidity with edginess. Just because I can call someone a name doesn't mean I'm insightful or tough and edgy. It means I'm an idiot.
``It's just a high-tech place for idiots to do what they used to do on bar stools or in school yards, if they were school yard bullies, or on men's room walls in gas stations. That doesn't mean that anyone with half a brain should respect it.''
First of all, I set up my blog IN MY OWN ROOM COSTAS!!! With a computer and everything. What this set of quotes tells me is that mainstream media is afraid they are getting taken over and in some cases more reliable bloggers in the parent's basement. To generalize that the average sports blogger is a know nothing get-a-life loser is stupid because Mr. Costas, bloggers like Cougar2000 and a couple of other guys I know who work for the Seattle Times, actually work and write for newspapers. That's right, apparently the know nothing get-a-life losers actually have to know their stuff.
If you want to talk about professional accountability, then explain to me why ESPN, FOX Sports, and other sports sites have actually been caught plagiarizing (for the ones with copyrights) from blogs? That's right, apparently some of us have access to things you don't. The media is getting beaten to the punch and we can't have that can we?
If we don't have nearly the access who are the people that are responsible for delivering correct news and maintaining their accountability? The mainstream media, which Mr. Costas, YOU ARE IN!!!!
That's a friggin elitist and hierarchy mentality Bob.
Join me my fellow losers and let's get a life!