Thursday, March 01, 2007

Whitlock's Duplicity Coming to the Light

When was All Star Weekend? Like two weeks ago? Jeez. I certainly am tired of Jason Whitlock, but I want to briefly update you. The bloggers have been complaining all along, but some of the mainstream is starting to connect the dots. Your favorite ESPN columnist and mine, Scoop Jackson, has written an article not so subtly slamming Jason Whitlock for making shit up. (who cares if I wrote the same thing two days ago without trashing my best line. Scoop writes, "History verses his story? As usual, we lost." For real, bruh?)

And also, the Columbia Journalism Review slams Whitlock for citing questionable facts. Choice nuggets follow:

His sources here are thin. The only named source in the AOL article never spoke to Whitlock. She complained to a local television station, not about violence but about rudeness. The only other source is an anonymous occupant of the MGM Grand, who Whitlock claims "literally fled the hotel in fear" and moved to the Luxor, which, for the record, is only six-tenths of a mile from the MGM Grand. Whitlock insisted to me that friends, reporters, and tourists who were in Vegas with him can corroborate the culture of fear that permeated the weekend. Asked why those people were not quoted in his article, Whitlock responded, "I'm not big on quoting anybody. I'm a columnist."

When Steve Somers, a WFAN sports talk show host, challenged Whitlock the night the AOL article appeared on the veracity of his statements, asking for proof or sources, Whitlock became enraged, saying that he had been to Las Vegas twenty or thirty times and had never experienced a weekend like this. "How is this different than any other weekend?" Somers asked, looking for some context. "I don't know. I'm not a research analyst on Vegas," Whitlock shouted. "Call someone from Vegas if you want the stats." As the interview came to a close, Whitlock repeated, "I don't need any stats or numbers to know what I experienced."

Nice, Jason.

But, of course, Whitlock is savoring the controversy. Suddenly, he is churning out columns every other day. His latest gem is about rap music and prison culture. It would be fine for Whitlock to discuss rap if he was capable of demonstrating that he knew anything about it. But he's not big on facts. He's a columnist.

6 comments:

Signal to Noise said...

Gee, he was actually on to something with the reforming drug laws and all that.

Too bad he had to save that after the abject stupid up front.

Head Chick said...

I agree. Just another example of poor writing. I also agree with the latter part of the article, but Whitlock needs to challenge himself to write in a more balanced way. It seemed night and day to write what he did at the beginning and then at the end. I wonder why he's not more secure in his writing to just discuss one thing at a time. Often, that's the best you can do when you're discussing complicated subjects.

Mini Me said...

Come on Jason.

MCBias said...

Ha, I was hoping you would read the article. With all the stories that said "Well, it doesn't look good for Pac-Man", I wanted to see if it was possible to write a story to make Pac-Man look good. And it was; wasn't that totally believable? ha.

The Rover said...

Even though he makes me crazy...

I still read his shit.

Phillip said...

i like 2 call whit(lock) (just how appropriate is that name btw) chris everett every once in a while, just cause i can; and when chris gets angry i like 2 act like a pussy and get real scared but then i just hibernate 4 a bit and wa(i)t until the storm calms before i bring on my new show:
j. caesar is stewing and everybody's gonna pay (even you bruti the buckhead bandit)...