Bottom of the intellectual journalism totem pole: sports writers

At the bottom of the intellectual “journalism” totem pole is your sports writer, or even better, your sports “journalist.” Example one Skip Bayless. Example two: Stephen A. Smith. Example three: Peter King, the paid-by-the-word guy at Sports Illustrated:

Tweet of the Week IV

“After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs”

— @GovWalker, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, last Tuesday.

I see the man who won the battle in 2011 to rid Wisconsin of many of its union rights supported the NFL Referees Association, and from the look of the internet last Tuesday, I’m not the only one who noticed the irony.

In 2011, Walker advanced a bill in Wisconsin to deny unions in the state the ability to bargain collectively for pensions and to peg public employees’ raises to the inflation rate. In 2012, the NFL officials’ union bargained for lucrative pensions and for salaries above and beyond the inflation rate.

Hmmm. I am missing something here. Help me on this one.

OK Peter, besides the fact you appear to think question marks are optional, here’s the help you need (in fact, you even wrote it down yourself): Walker’s initiative was with regard to publicly financed unions. The NFL referees union works in the free market.

The former is funded by the government via taxpayers (and borrowing); the later is funded by the marketplace.

Is that help sufficient or must more clarification be added? Oh, you still need more clarification? Try this (via Art Carden at Forbes):

[Intellectual giant Ludwig von Mises demonstrated] that socialism cannot function as a rational economic system and that private ownership of the means of production is necessary if value is going to be maximized and waste is going to be minimized…

Peter, Carden offers that your intellectual horizons will surely be widened, assuming you possess such a capacity, should you check out von Mises at The Online Library of Liberty or at The Ludwig von Mises Institute


About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on October 1, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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