Accountability

I’ve always had issues with writers who refuse to take accountability for their words.  I’m all for publishing what’s on your mind, but you simply can’t distance yourself from your beliefs when they turn out to be misguided, or flat-out wrong. 

Now, I’m an opinionated fella, but I’ll always try and admit when I’m wrong about certain things. For example, I was all for the Knicks drafting Jordan Hill over Brandon Jennings in June until I saw the Bucks rookie guard score 55 points last night against Golden State (I was wrong, and couldn’t be more miserable about it). But c’mon, I’m tired of reading all of today’s articles about how the Knicks should be blamed for dropping the ball on Jennings (here’s one).

Sports journalists, in particular, tend to judge actions and decisions prematurely or in hindsight. Of course it’s now easy to criticize the Knicks for passing on the new single-game rookie scoring leader, but I didn’t read too many pro-Jennings columns before, or directly after the draft. Instead of criticizing the Knicks for their “mistake,” I’d like to see some journalists come out from behind their computers and admit they are just as surprised by Jennings as myself, and most NBA executives probably are.

It was just as easy to call Peyton Manning (pre- 2006 Super Bowl) a goat as it is to now call him one of the NFL’s all-time greats. And it was even easier to call Alex Rodriguez a loser for so many years. While many recent stories assert A-Rod has finally proved himself, I’ve seen nothing from any writer admitting that they were perhaps wrong about new Yankee hero being a choke all along.

After reading this great article bout one sports journalist taking accountability for his words by quite literally eating them, I’m beginning to think that maybe some people understand what I’m trying to get at. If I’m wrong, however, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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