Media members live to criticize others. They are paid to do so. But, let me tell you, from experience, they hate, and cannot handle when it’s returned. It’s Kevin Durant-level insecurity. (Well, not quite that bad. But bad.)
The sports media really won’t like this. This time, they were dunked on by Aaron Rodgers, a common target of many in the business.
Speaking to Kyle Brandt, Rodgers played media critic and denounced debate shows and “low-class journalism.” Here is Rodgers unleashing:
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 12, 2020
It would’ve been helpful for Rodgers to specify what channel he’d prefer, as opposed to just saying there’s too much ESPN and NFL Network. We know he was a big-time Game of Thrones fan, maybe airing The Witcher in the background would satisfy him?
Anyway, his complaints are accurate. “Clickbait” has ruined the internet. It has made writers dumber. For some journalists, their energy is merely spent on writing witty, misleading headlines. The body comes second.
As for sports debate shows, they are mostly terrible. The genre is much worse now due to the rise of media interaction on Twitter. That’s the audience it’s catered to. Woke hacks who are offended by everything excluding fake outrage and over-the-top NBA gushing.
It’s why segments like these are written into the sheet:
On this day 7 years ago Brandon Knight made a very bad business decision 😳 pic.twitter.com/7N1jCFquJm
— HIGH NOON (@HIGHNOONonESPN) March 10, 2020
Who could possibly care?
Or multiple LeBron vs. Jordan segments per day:
"Think about all the iconic athletes that rep the Jordan shoe brand. This could keep him relevant for the next 100 years."@realjaywilliams explains why he believes LeBron will never catch MJ as a worldwide brand. pic.twitter.com/KccTLSVELX
— First Take (@FirstTake) April 8, 2020
Or attempts at “humor.”
— Highly Questionable (@HQonESPN) August 12, 2020
It even leads to shows posting polls asking if it’s funny that Jonathan Isaac, who stood for the anthem, tore his ACL. No, really, it happened.
As for “low-class journalism,” an NBA reporter sending a “fuck you” to a senator could be a good example of that.
Man, what an industry.