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SBD/August 24, 2012/Media
ESPN's Skip Bayless At It Again With Latest Comments Directed Toward Derek Jeter
Published August 24, 2012
SAYING WHATEVER'S ON HIS MIND: In N.Y., Will Leitch wrote there is a “temptation to say that Skip Bayless is everything that is wrong with sports journalism except that nothing in sports journalism is nearly as bad as Skip Bayless." Leitch: “‘Sports journalism’ doesn't belong in the same sentence as ‘Skip Bayless:’ frankly, neither ‘sports’ nor ‘journalism’ does. He is the epitome of idiotic daytime television, and pretending that he's in the same business as sportswriters and broadcasters (good ones and bad ones alike) is false equivalence at its worst.” However, the problem is not Bayless; it “is us,” as we all “listen to him and quote him and can’t believe how outrageous he’s being” (NYMAG.com, 8/23). YAHOO SPORTS’ Kevin Kaduk wrote the only repercussion that Bayless will face for the Jeter comment “is adding another piece to the case that he’s a contrarian windbag who sold his soul to the devil and will say anything to grab a headline.” Of course “that's balanced out by the fact that Bayless is handsomely rewarded by ESPN to act in such a manner.” Kaduk: “We're playing right into their hands by making this a big deal when we really should simply be waiting for ol' Skip and his co-horts to return to their full-time jobs of saying ‘Tim Tebow’ over and over again while banging a pair of cymbals like a toy monkey” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/23). SportsNet N.Y.'s Sal Licata said, "How can you put any credence in what these guys have to say? It's one thing after another just to grab headlines. They lose all credibility right there. That's why you can't pay attention to it" ("Daily News Live," SportsNet N.Y., 8/23).