Week 7 Blog

As many noted, it was a bit difficult to find an article that offended me. With due diligence I found one article that made me want to fix someones wagon in the least polite way.

When reporting, it is essential to realize the harm of providing the public with the truth. Although the difficulty of this task, a proper balance of fact and unbiased reporting can minimize the hurt after a story is published. Also, as a journalist, one must realize that every reader is untitled to their own interpretation of your writing. I wish this was the case in this piece.

The article dates back to earlier in year, but is still very relevant in today’s media. Fox News host Laura Ingraham responded to LeBron James’s comments on the president by telling him to “Shut up and dribble”.

It is imperative to note her comments before the initial statement. Ingraham went on to proclaim that James and other athletes involved in politics are “ungrammatical and barley intelligible”.

This bias and uncultured article should be considered one of the most harmful news story in the most recent years. To call athletes such as LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick barley intelligible is a farce. Not only are these athletes using their platforms for awareness to social inequality, they’re making a difference.

My response is culturally bias due to the environment i was raised. LeBron James has been my basketball idol since I was in third grade, everything he has done throughout his career has positively cultivated a new era in not only the NBA, but for the whole state of Ohio. Opening schools, providing full college scholarships, and pushing for the growth of all minorities, these are more than athletes.

Source:

Sullivan, E. (2018). Laura Ingraham Told LeBron James To Shut Up And Dribble; He Went To The Hoop. [online] Npr.org. Available at: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/19/587097707/laura-ingraham-told-lebron-james-to-shutup-and-dribble-he-went-to-the-hoop [Accessed 10 Oct. 2018].

One thought on “Week 7 Blog”

  1. Ingram making those statements, as a journalist, is definitely harmful because of how blatantly biased she is being. As a journalist, she is supposed to be fair in how she reports. By saying she was not interested in hearing the political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million to bounce a ball is ridiculous. Why does being an athlete mean he is unqualified to do so? Who do we listen to, then? What makes someone qualified to “dish out political advice”? Republicans recently were angered at Taylor Swift because she gave support for a democratic candidate. But she used her platform to tell her fans to register to vote. The amount of registrants went up after that post. Some could say that was a coincidence, but most likely not. Journalists like Ingrahm are most definitely causing harm by negating LeBron’s statements by telling him to just stick to basketball. Like LeBron said in the article, he means too much to youth and to society to just be quiet. The fact of the matter is that, he is making a difference by voicing his opinions, despite Ingrahm’s attempt to silence him.

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