Stephen A. Smith Tells An LA Paper That Blogs Are The Devil

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Well not in so many words, but I guess we already knew that about Stephen right? Screamin' A. talked with LA's Tom Hoffarth about Blogs and the Mainstream Media and had a few choice words for us bloggers....

"Internet writers" have no right to reach a large audience. And when you look at the internet business, what’s dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is ...someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts.
And the fact of the matter is....blah blah blah. I'm not going to get all defensive like I normally do and go into the whole credibility issue, but I ask again...What makes you credible Stephen A. Smith? Is it the fact that you stood by Isiah Thomas' destruction of the Knicks because you are his friend, the failed television show on ESPN, or is it the acting role on General Hospital? You tell me. Sure he has access to somethings that Bloggers don't but that's changing, and quite frankly you're scared Stephen A. Smith.

Feel free to read the rest of the three part interview without laughing at the man. Oh and about that whole writing a column on your Blackberry thing?
"No, that’s total fabrication. I wrote my column on a Blackberry one time, at the (2004) NBA draft, I was on vacation (from the newspaper)."
Right...so that's a yes then?

Stephen A. Smith Q-and-A Part 3: Internet writers have "sabotaged" newspapers (Inside Socal: Farther Off The Wall)
Smith: Bloggers Should Not Be Allowed To Reach A Large Audience (Sports by Brooks)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:18 AM

19 Comments:

What is it with media people and blogs?

Their elitist attitude is really annoying. I've said it time and time again, blogs are more of water cooler settings and people go there to be entertained because they're interested in what fellow fans want to say.

Eric said...
Dec 4, 2007, 11:55:00 AM  

And that School of Journalism that Smith went to that was so well known was what again? Oh yeah....Winston Salem State.

Anonymous said...
Dec 4, 2007, 11:59:00 AM  

It has been a while and I did go to a government school but I don't recall the right to free speech if qualified in the Bill of Rights.

Everybody has the right to speak and no right to be heard and frankly I have chosen to not listen to that gas bag whenever he talks.

gman said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:05:00 PM  

DAMN YOU INTERNET I AM STEPHEN A SMITH EVERYTHING I SAY IS IMPORTANT AND YOU ARE STEALING MY AUDIENCE FROM MY IMPORTANT THING

ALSO CHEESY CURLS SLAVA MEDVEDENKO ETC.

Fred Morlan said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:12:00 PM  

Also, he looks so emo in that picture. Poor, poor Steven.

Fred Morlan said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:13:00 PM  

Ok then Steve. And sportswriters have no business on my television. So go away. Checkmate, dork.

The Zoner said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:16:00 PM  

A lot of newspapers, especially sports writers, are afraid. They are realizing that there are free alternatives to basically recieve the same issues. Do most bloggers have credentials? No. But what right does SAS have to say that he knows more about sports. The fact is that we live in a society that allows use to watch any sporting event and then voice our opinion on it. So what if we don't know about any lockerroom fighting? We know about performance and execution.

Anonymous said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:20:00 PM  

Well said Anon. I say the same thing in every interview (in fact said it to a Grad Student at Syracuse last night) when asked what qualifications I have.

I'm a fan and I know what's good and bad. It doesn't take more than that to express an opinion. And unlike Stephen A. Smith...I give you the forum to disagree.

Awful said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:23:00 PM  

If you made the money those guys make yelling inane opinions, which is to say, doing jacksquat nothing of value to society...you'd be pissed too.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:24:00 PM  

We have no RIGHT? WTF? Who gave Stephen A. Smith the keys to the lockerroom? He can kiss my ass. As Anonymous said, the sportswriters are afraid - because at the end of the day, people like us can turn to OTHER people like us instead of having cleaned up whitewashed crap fed to us by MSG, ESPN, SI, and the like... What makes Stephen especially QUALIFIED to offer an opinion? He has biases just like the rest of us - like the one where he's always up Kobe Bryant's ass...

sportsbiatch said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:25:00 PM  

What makes Screamin' credible?

Is that what T.O. told him he was after he waxed T.O.'s car?

Stephen A. Smith has zero credibility, and should shut the hell up.

Anonymous said...
Dec 4, 2007, 1:27:00 PM  

I'll bet you Stephen A was on the same wagon that thought the Internet was a fad and that e-mail wasn't practical.

-Bobby Bluechip
http://fantasysportsmatrix.com/user/bobbybluechip

BobbyBluechip said...
Dec 4, 2007, 1:59:00 PM  

I love it! You only become 'credible' at espn when you act like a total clown, see: corso, berman, dicki V., and your good friend Steven A. These guys have 'made it' by picking a character and sticking to it, not by brining us qualified news.

A sign of the times: Kirk reports on ESPN that Les is gone, off to Michigan, while several blogs I read head reports the opposite...guess who was right.

Truth is, we get more accurate and timely news from 14 year old kids on message boards than Steven A and the rest of his 'qualified' elitist class.

http://thebigeleventh.blogspot.com/

Paterno Lives! said...
Dec 4, 2007, 2:31:00 PM  

WHAT is that picture? Dying.

Dec 4, 2007, 2:56:00 PM  

I find it funny that the televised/print media is terrified of bloggers yet bloggers don't really care and continue to do their own things and find even more ways to be more creative than the talking heads.

GMoney said...
Dec 4, 2007, 4:04:00 PM  

Can these MSM clowns be any more insecure?

Jesus, get a damn grip, and worry about doing your job. Doing a piss poor job is what brought blogging to the forefront in the first place.

Big Al said...
Dec 4, 2007, 4:34:00 PM  

Sorry, Stephen, but "Internet writers" do have a right to reach a large audience. Ever hear of the First Amendment? Didn't think so.

Joel said...
Dec 4, 2007, 4:43:00 PM  

I wouldn't be so easy to completely piss away Smith's comments on blogs if he offered proof as to why he's an expert and blogger's aren't.

Anyone remember the sports reporters from the college newspaper? The kids who loved sports but where horrible athletes? Those guys are the experts now. They didn't know much then, probably don't know much more now.

Monty said...
Dec 4, 2007, 8:35:00 PM  

Oh my God...the worst radio and TV sports talk personality ever and a subpar writer is condemning bloggers? Maybe he needs to stop listening to the 4-letter network's praise of him. Scoop Jackson thinks Smith is a bad writer.

Anonymous said...
Dec 5, 2007, 3:36:00 PM  

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