H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger

Rant Against Sports Blogs Sparks Debate on Sports Journalism

May 05, 2008 11:25 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Sports writer Buzz Bissinger criticized the rise of sports blogs, blaming them for destroying sports journalism and dumbing down society.

30-Second Summary

Will Leitch, editor of the popular sports blog Deadspin, appeared on HBO’s “Costas Now” with Buzz Bissinger to discuss the Internet’s role in the future of sports journalism.

Bissinger immediately launched an attack on Leitch and sports blogs: “I think blogs are dedicated to cruelty, they’re dedicated to dishonesty, they’re dedicated to speed.”

Armed with a folder of Deadspin content, he continued to belittle a somewhat stunned Leitch, slamming him for vulgar writing and for humiliating athletes.

Few in the media have applauded Bissinger’s hostility towards Leitch. Bissinger himself admitted that he was too aggressive and that his anger clouded the points he was trying to make.

The episode has renewed the debate on blogs and the mainstream media. Mainstream writers have accused bloggers of lowering journalistic standards, while bloggers allege that mainstream writers are bitter that their medium is being supplanted by the Internet.

Headline Link: Bissinger and Leitch debate on ‘Costas Now’

Video: The debate

Background: The mainstream media/blog divide

Reactions: Leitch is relieved, Bissinger is regretful

Opinion & Analysis: The journalistic integrity of sports blogs

Key Players: Bissinger and Leitch

Related Topic: The rise of “citizen journalists”


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