Michael Wilbon Just Doesn’t Understand

Because of one specific blogger (not himself), Mark Cuban recently banned all bloggers from the Mavericks’ locker room. David Stern made Cuban lift the ban, primarily because the blogger in question is a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, which led to Cuban declaring that anyone with a blog has access to the Mavs. All of which sparked this PTI exchange between Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon:

TK’s assessment is, in a roundabout way, pretty much spot-on. Wish I could say the same for Wilbon’s. Some choice quotes (watch the clip for context):

“There are differences between reporting and blogging.”

Right. Reporting is a discipline, blogging is a medium and the latter is an efficient way to do the former. This is why most sports reporters at The Washington Post have blogs and use them to report.

“Blogging is just having an opinion. Just sitting at the crib, back in the cut, as we used to say, and just regurgitating anything you want.”

That’s exactly how I’d describe what Wilbon has been doing at the Post and on ESPN for many years now.

“I don’t care.”

Obviously.

And if anyone needs help figuring out how to accredit bloggers, just copy-and-paste from the hockey bloggers’ bill of rights, written by NHL blog star Eric McErlain with an assist from Caps owner Ted Leonsis. It’s worked for two seasons, and it seems fit for Cuban and company.

8 thoughts on “Michael Wilbon Just Doesn’t Understand”

  1. Wilbon’s totally right. You must have a journalism degree from Northwestern in order to have an opinion on sports.

    I absolutely guarantee that the Brothers Mottram — and just about any other sports blogger out there — watch more sports, and follow the games more closely than Tony K and Wilbon combined. But yeah, their opinions are far more valid.

  2. “I absolutely guarantee that the Brothers Mottram — and just about any other sports blogger out there — watch more sports, and follow the games more closely than Tony K and Wilbon combined.”

    Well, not the NBA

  3. Jamie would have to carry the Brothers Mottram in the NBA department. I’d guess his knowledge is on par with Wilbon’s and, well, Tony K’s knowledge of any current sports is laughable.

  4. It’s probably safe to say that the NBA is all Wilbon really cares about these days, since that’s who his bosses in Bristol (who are now more important than his bosses in DC) pay him to cover.

  5. You do not need a journalism degree from anywhere to have an opinion on sports. To be a sports writer you do/should need a degree. Blogs can be entertaining, but so far have not proven to be a place that raises the bar in terms of journalism. The bar is set low enough already.

  6. So, between reporting and blogging, where exactly does “phoning it in” fit? Maybe that’s a better question for Wilbon.

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