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SBD/January 11, 2013/Media
Filling In The Blanks: N.Y. Times Sports Editor Explains Thought Behind HOF Page
Published January 11, 2013
OVER THE TOP FOR SOME: The blank page was discussed Thursday on ESPN's "Around The Horn," with the Miami Herald's Israel Gutierrez saying it "could have been more of an impact with strong words as opposed to nothing at all." However, it "makes the point that the Baseball Hall of Fame choice was nonsense." Columnist Kevin Blackistone said, “I’d rather have some smart commentary and analysis from the New York Times that I’m accustomed to getting.” Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw: “I got the point. They could have done it with a picture of an empty dugout.” ESPN’s J.A. Adande said it was an “artistic representation." Adande said "blank space in newspapers and dead air on TV is a failure on the media, just like the media failed to properly question and investigate" the steroid era. Adande: "Just like they’re failing now to report the news rather than making the news, and they have made the news with this nonsensical Hall of Fame vote” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 1/10). ESPN's Dan Le Batard said the page was “clever but also, and this is symbolic for me given what the writers did yesterday, very ‘look at me.’" Le Batard: "The sanctimonious writers, ‘look at me, look at what we did with our sports page, look at what we did with our Hall of Fame’" (“Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable,” ESPN2, 1/10). Blogger Ed Sherman wrote the page "definitely makes a point." It shows "how design can be a profoundly powerful tool" (SHERMANREPORT.com, 1/10).
LATE-NIGHT LAUGHS: Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart Thursday aired a segment called “Jon Stewart’s Seventh Inning Kvetch,” during which he talked about the Baseball HOF voting. Stewart said among the nominees were Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds and “granted, due to potentially excessive steroid use their bodies were 98 percent Adamantium. But you can’t deny their performances.” This “is a big deal. Nobody got in. I mean, I get why they passed up ‘Monsters, Inc.’ over here,” referring to Clemens, Sosa and Bonds, “but what about Craig Biggio.” Stewart: “The only thing that guy’s juicing is carrots, apples and kale" (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central, 1/10).