maxim advises, "Physician heal thyself."
The sports media
should heed this advice - especially in Philadelphia. The invective
directed towards Rush Limbaugh for an intemperate comment about
Donovan McNabb has revealed a problem with the sports media.
It is lily white.
These are the same
sports media personalities who Limbaugh criticized for crediting
McNabb simply because he is black. Limbaugh said that the media
is on a crusade to promote more black quarterbacks and black
coaches. He may be correct about that and if he is - so what.
Maybe the media should be crusading for that - it is a noble
The problem is not
that the media is crusading for black quarterbacks, black coaches
and more black owners. The problem is the media is crusading
for more blacks in everything except the sports media.
The media has gone
all self-righteous on the issue and focused on one part of the
quote. But why would the media do this? Is it because they hate
Rush Limbaugh? Yes and to answer why they do would require a
novel not an article?
In a country where
one is innocent until proven guilty, one would need more evidence
than this to deem Limbaugh a racist. The controversy stirs from
a white man making a negative comment about a black man. Keep
in mind no one acknowledged that Limbaugh, advocated the cause
of hiring more black coaches- that fact has been totally ignored.
media was one the first to unleash the attack on Rush Limbaugh.
They excoriated Limbaugh for saying: ""I don't think
he's been that good from the get-go. ... I think what we've
had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has
been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is
a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit
for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The
defense carried this team."
the media successfully managed to turn this bold quote into
a racist declaration. But what is truly racist about the statement?
And who is racist? Let's examine the Philadelphia media that
bastion of civil rights concern.
affiliate WPVI - TV has four sportscasters. Three are white,
only one is black
The NBC affiliate
has three sportscasters. None of them are black.
Only the CBS affiliate,
KYW-TV, has a proportionate number of black sportscasters. Two
of their five are black.
The print media
have been near KKK like when it comes to sportswriters. The
Philadelphia Inquirer, the largest paper in Philadelphia and
the state, not to mention one of the most liberal, has ten sports
writers and only two are black. The Philadelphia Daily News,
the second largest in the city, have nine white sportswriters
and only one black Now remember this is in a city that has nearly
4 of 10 black citizens.
are no different. The bastion of affirmative action, the New
York Times has 7 white sportswriters and only 1 black. The New
York Post is 5 white and 1 black.
Tom Arnold who made
some cruel jokes about Limbaugh during his October 1 telecast
of The Best Damned Sports Show is the host of a show that is
two thirds white. Yo, Tom you should change the name to "The
Best Damned White Sports Show."
In championing the
cause of Donovan McNabb, should they not be concerned about
the apartheid that lies within their own profession? Should
they not address the issue of racial inequality in their own
ranks before excoriating Limbaugh?
Didn't Eagles owner
? Lurie mention something about institutional racism?
media report about thyself.
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