Showdowns are never as good in reality as they play in people’s minds. To wit, as part of my blogging public service I’ve devised a few benchmarks by which to judge today’s Jason Whitlock spectacle. Sadly, I can’t help but feel a lot of disappointment with Kansas City right now given that so many locals are anticipating this afternoon’s discussion as if it was the Frost/Nixon showdown.
Forget about “The Dumbing Down of America,” Kansas City just doesn’t care about the substantial. Even if Internet rumors of Whitlock taking down $2 million at Fox are titillating.
Nevertheless, I’m not trying to make a difference. So it’s important to offer a preview so that we can know in advance EXACTLY why we’re going to be disappointed — Other than the fact that we’re all taking time out of our days to hear the story of a middling sports columnist at a second rate paper in the middle of nowhere. But I digress . . .
Here’s what to look for:
Already, Whitlock is trying to play it cool on Twitter, because at this point if he doesn’t straighten out Nick Wright’s nose he’s letting us all down.
Here are the points that need to be addressed.
1. Racism – If they don’t at least acknowledge the subject than I’m removing Metro Sports from my basic cable subscription. While I’d like to see Whitlock call everyone at The Star a “white devil” like I do every morning, I’d settle for at least a perspective of an African-American professional working in an industry that has failed to do much to advance diversity in the mass media. Also Whitlock’s making so much more money than all of those newsies with far more experience and education might well draw the sordid topic of Affirmative Action into play.
2. Hateration – If Whitlock doesn’t hate on at least two editors then Nick Wright needs to enroll in the Kansas City Fire Academy just like his Dad, Kansas City Fire Department Union Boss Louie Wright probably wanted him to.
3. Legacy Media Perspective – If Whitlock is claiming that he left them, he needs to accurately explain the decision with something more than philosophic answers. Has he lost faith in the dead tree media? Is a career in basic cable now more profitable and promising than working at the paper-of-record in a failing Midwestern City.
4. More insults aimed at Hearne please!!! Every time the namesake of this site is blasted by Whitlock, the credibility of this blog is boosted by leaps and bounds. People who waste time with this kind of pointless media controversy are a prime bloggy target market.
5. Beyond sports – This kind of interview is mostly for mindless jocks and I’m sure I’ll get bored with all the meaningless sports talk. But at the end of his career with the Star Whitlock was about to branch out into more discussions of Social Issues. Apparently, this move was greeted with a great deal of resistance. But Whitlock’s fame from yucking it up on Oprah’s couch and weighing in on other social issues is just as important as his insights on meaningless sports minutia. I’d like to know how Whitlock sniffing jockstraps for the past 16 years qualifies him to take on more relevant topics.