Friday, April 02, 2004

Columnist under attack
A disgruntled South Carolina alumnus has launched a Web site to get columnist Ron Morris of The State fired. (Read story in The Gamecock, USC's student newspaper (reg. req.).)

This fan is upset that Ron has written some things critical of coach Lou Holtz. I happen to think Ron does a good job, but then I gave up idol worship a few years ago. But it's a good example of the new reality -- as journalists we have to take into account reader feedback and pay heed. It's sort of like the old rough-and-tumble days when there were multiple newspapers in a market (or AP and UPI competed), and it was no holds barred. This is a good thing.

While the Web site owner calls Ron a "moron," I happen to think this is one of the more moronic lines from the site: "Even though Ron admits that he never played any kind of college athletics and was at best an average athlete in high school, Ron has become an expert on all things related to sports." If that's the case, then unless this guy can show me he is an expert on newspapering ...
(If you haven't guessed by now, I hate intellectually specious arguments, including the one I just made.)


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