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The Hate List: People Who Don't Know What Journalism Is

Because it may be a slow news day but there's never a day in which I don't hate something.

I love to write, I love sports and I love writing about sports. It's because of this that I consider myself a very lucky person to make a living the way that I do. I mean, I love my job. Like, I'd marry it if I could, but considering that this country is just now starting to come around on the idea of gay marriage I figure it's going to be at least another 25 years before we come around on being able to marry your job.

It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and career!

And while I am thrilled to get paid to watch college football and then write about college football, there are some minor drawbacks. Like, incredibly minor drawbacks, and since there really isn't anything to hate about my job but I'm a person that needs to hate things, these minor drawbacks become giant pains in the ass.

When you work for a company that is so mainstream like I do with your audience grows. And when your audience grows you're bound to run into a lot more idiots than you would if you were writing on your own blog or website.

And boy do I run into a lot of idiots.

A lot of these idiots are very similar, as they tend to be morons who don't know the difference between words like your and you're. If I had a dime for every tweet or email I received in which an idiot proclaimed "your gay" or "your stupid" I'd have a shit-ton of dimes and absolutely nothing to do with them, because what the fuck are you going to do with a dime these days? Even the damn parking meters in Chicago take credit cards.

Now while many of my colleagues enjoy mocking the idiots that don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" -- or their and there, or its and it's while we're at it -- there's something these idiots do that I don't think they get yelled at for enough.

If you read this site regularly you know that I'm prone to write incredibly silly and stupid things. I mean, there's this and this and this and this and even this. While I take my job seriously I don't take sports themselves seriously. Since I write for a mainstream site I can't be as stupid as I want to all the time because my job isn't to mock sports as much as document them.

However, once in a while I'll write something silly for and when I do inevitably there will be a comment on the post or a tweet in my mentions that says this:


You dumb fucking asshole.

No, I don't call it journalism, you did you dumb fuck, and apparently your mongoloid ass doesn't know what journalism is. Let's see how Webster's defines it:

the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media


writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation

Journalism is reporting a story and doing research on the story to present the facts of said story. It's like keeping an unbiased journal -- HEY, LOOK AT THAT WORD -- of an event to document what happened, when it happened, why it happened, where it happened and sometimes even how it happened.

This is just trying to get a laugh. See the difference?

Now go back to watching Fox News or MSNBC for your "journalism," shit stain.

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