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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 4, 2010 / 17 Teves 5770

There's Nothing Sporting About Gossip as ‘News’

By Mitch Albom






http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Once upon a time, we looked away. That's how it used to be in the sports writing business. If Babe Ruth was drunk at night but hit a home run during the day, only the home run was reported.


That attitude has changed. Over the years, the wink and nod agreement between sports heroes and the men who lionized them withered away. The behavior got worse (gambling, drugs, steroids) and the journalism got more pointed.


Now comes news that TMZ, the powerful gossip Internet and TV organization, is sharpening its fangs for a bite into the sports business — and this could take the ugliness, as athletes like to say, to whole new level.


According to several reports, TMZ has registered the name "TMZSports.com" with plans to build a parallel model to its entertainment operation, which consists of rumors, tips, paparazzi photos or cell phone video slapped into so-called news that is mostly about bad behavior.


There's plenty of that in the sports world.

DIGGING UP DIRT PART OF BRAVE NEW WORLD
Consider this. The Tigers Woods scandal hasn't got a thing to do with actual sports, yet it's one of this year's biggest sports stories. The Web hits were through the roof. No doubt TMZ and other outfits smell blood in the water and money in the wind.


So we rush into a new era of sports reporting — the "gotcha" approach previously reserved for the Brad Pitts and Angelina Jolies of the world. And I'll tell you this. Catching married athletes with other women will not be hard. Snapping photos of drunken athletes will not be hard. Getting tips about ballplayers in strip clubs, hot tubs or crowded limos will not be hard.


The fact is, many famous athletes are young men with a lot of money and little life experience beyond the playing field. They are often in the wrong place with the wrong people. Ask Chris Henry's friends. Or Sean Taylor's. Ask any coach.


If you are willing to pay bartenders or security guards for info and photos (something TMZ admits it does) the pile of sports gossip will be a mile high. After all, how many truly big-name actors or singers are there? Fifty? Sixty? But you've got hundreds if not thousands of baseball, football, basketball, hockey, tennis or golf stars to pick from. And many are on the road, easily found in hotels or traveling in groups.

DRAMA ON FIELD, NOT OFF IT, WAS IMPORTANT
I'm not saying ignoring the cavorting of athletes is some high and mighty principle. When substance abuse or criminal acts intersect with a player's performance it is sadly yet surely news.


But over the years in this business, when the game was over, when the quotes had been gathered, when the story had been written, I felt the job had been done for the day. It wasn't my obligation to then follow the athlete into a bar or sneak around outside his hotel room.

Letter from JWR publisher


But I fear soon that's where "sports news" may begin. Look no further than the coverage of Alex Rodriguez's love life in the New York tabloids, or the fact that Tiger's marital woes made the cover of the New York Post for 20 straight days, eclipsing the previous record held by the terror of 9/11.


Sex sells. Gossip sells. Bad behavior sells. The TMZ approach of capturing your worst moments and splashing them around the world will be a hard thing for more conservative news outlets to ignore. It's a giant sucking force, a steamy, melting pot of celebrity where being the major league home run leader is the same as being a "real housewife" of Atlanta.


As sports writers, we weren't covering stars because of their cheekbones, physiques or fame. We covered them because they achieved amazing things on the playing field and created drama that was exhilarating and captivating.


Once upon a time, we looked away from the other stuff. Now we never stop staring, following, snapping and gossiping. Maybe the old method wasn't telling the whole story. But at least we weren't manufacturing it.

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