Apparently, Bob Costas feels that people like me are "idiots" using this crazy tool called the Internet to express my opinion when what I should really do is leave the opinion-making to "professionals" like Costas. Like Stephen A. Smith, the poster boy for ignorance in sports journalism, Bob Costas thinks we bloggers should shut up and leave the sports writing to people more intelligent than us:
Yes, yes, yes. How dare people actually COMMENT on articles written by others! Such a silly concept. I mean, we should just take everything Dan Le Batard says at face value, and when the opportunity arises to comment on Dan sharing his thoughts with us, we should shut up because we're stupid losers who are typing (all together now) IN OUR UNDERWEAR IN OUR MOM'S BASEMENT. In fact, Costas feels the entire feedback medium (article comments, blogs, etc.) itself is crap and should be taken away from readers.
I could go into a lengthy rant about how Costas is nothing more than another rich, big media prick who is threatened by average Joe's with Ivy Tech educations who are infringing on his bread and butter. But I won't. Costas is an upper crust schmuck, and he knows next to nothing about what sports fans (you know, the people who pay to see idiots like Costas talk about our sport). What Costas really fails to understand is there is no "professional accountability" in his world of "real" journalism. If there was, blogs would not be necessary. Real professional accountability is listening to your readers. In a way, blogs are like letters to the editor, only unfiltered and unedited by copy staff. They are the real, raw feedback directly from your readers and viewers, and belittling that feedback is nothing more than shooting yourself in the foot with a double-barreled shotgun.
``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.''
Bob Costas: Man of the people.
I'll close with The Big Lead's comments on Costas' whine fest, because I read about this first at his site: