Today, I was minding my own business at work. I had been doing research on something, when my results came up with Deadspin. As you (don’t) know, Deadspin has nothing to do with my line of work.
You know I had to check it out.
It was an article on sportswriter and alleged pervert Bill Conlin. You know, the guy being repeatedly charged with being a child molester. You know, one of the guys who has a tremendous opinion of himself. You know, one of those people who, for the fact he’s a journalist has no one who will speak up against him.In this article, Conlin essentially defends himself without having to write a piece to do so. I did note he didn’t ever say he DIDN’T do it.
If Deadspin won’t crush this guy, NO ONE WILL. That is the media business. Defend thyself, lest we see ourselves having our dirty laundry in print as well. It makes BSP laugh, because this guy was on The Sports Reporters, a Sunday morning broadcast where some of the most holier-than-thou individuals in the sports media business would get on the air and pronounce themselves Kings of Sports Knowledge.
The media circles the wagons by introducing silence into the equation. Like we are supposed to have a higher standard of behavior for athletes, but NONE for journalists or broadcasters. They are supposedly beyond reproach, at least when it comes to negative press. The only ones with enough balls to print this was the paper in direct competition with Conlin’s rag.
Where’s the columns saying how Conlin’s supervisor, the CEO and everyone else above him should get fired? Where’s the broadcasts of people who knew but did nothing? The minimal amount I’ve heard about this…other than what I’ve found tonight is that Conlin is still living in his condo in Florida. Obviously he’s very proud of himself. Now with seven people disclosing Conlin is a pedophile, he is still proud of himself.
Having listened to this guy b***h about athletes, fans or people in general is sickening, now that we believe he was forcing himself on children.
Sportswriters, BSP has news for you: You are no better than anyone else. We’ve accepted it long ago, but you seem to hold on to your supposed virtuousness. Write it, but there’s no need for your holier-than-thou approach to life and business. Hell, I’d be stunned if there wasn’t a sports journalist that wasn’t a) drunk or b) spousal abuser in every major city.