Whinestein

John Feinstein wrote a scathing hatchet job on Nick Saban. Why? The somewhat baffling reasoning essentially boiled down to Saban is a big meanie to the media.

Screw the media.

Feinstein’s whine-fest on Paul Finebaum’s radio program was insightful into what is wrong with the media. Namely, they are crybabies who demand special treatment, and who are left-wing extremists; to wit, he fell back into an attack on “right-wing websites” regarding the treatment of moveon.org, and how evil these sites were for not attacking Nick Saban.

Boggles.

What a moron.

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Or more accurately, Feinstein isn’t a moron, but rather an example of thought police. Take this excerpt from his column: “Okay, let’s just say this: NO ONE should be allowed to mention catastrophes in which thousands of people died when talking about football — or any sport. Not ever. And certainly not someone who is working at what is supposed to be an institution of higher learning. What kind of message is he sending to his players? If he makes a comment like this in public, what in the world is he saying to his players behind closed doors?”

People shouldn’t be allowed free speech or free thought in this liberal’s worker’s paradise—a world where you get fired or worse for having a thought out of step with the elite, one supposes composed of people like Whinestein.

No thanks.

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  1. 1
    John Mark Trent

    Well, I am not sure what you disagree with in John F. piece…on the Finebaum show he went further to mention that Saban must say “I am sorry” or be fired by the president…and since Saban is the highest paid public official in the state of Alabama, I agree with him. No other state wide public official could get by with what Saban said and it needs no further clarity, just a complete retraction…the myopic view of Saban goes beyond the incredulous and borders on the insane…complete irresponsibility…by the bye, ‘thought control’ is now evidenced within the Capstone as well, since BLOGS have been told to quit writing about the 10 players that either quit the team or stormed out of a team meetin after SATURDAY’S game…what goes around comes around…
    Blessings…

    JMT

  2. 2
    capstonereport

    Wow…An Auburn fan that doesn’t like Saban! I’m shocked…stop the presses. This goes right up there with Dog Bites Man!

    I and nobody associated with Alabama (or anyone who has a brain) cares what an Auburn fan wants Saban or the University to do.

    For the record, Saban didn’t equate real catastrophes to football, but used them for teaching purposes to illustrate a point—something I’ve heard enough pastors and professors with far more outrageous methods.

  3. 3
    John Mark Trent

    Ah yes, maybe African American pastors can say certain things that their counter parts in the white community can’t say and even professors have been fired over stupid statements (former University of Colorado ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill will testify to that).

    By the bye, UK fan here…

    Also, I know he did not equate…he did not have to…but the linkage was there and probably what should have happened is that some gutsy reported should have challenged him with “Coach I just heard you say…can you clarify what you meant by that?” And probably Saban would have responded with more clarity and no one would have said another word, however, the less than gutsy reporters (who cease to be reporters when they parrot the party line) did not and so Saban paid some sort of price…and Finestein is no little matter…my 15 year old son (died hard Bama fan) became defensive yesterday when he heard the Finebaum show, we discussed it a bit more and even his 15 year old mind began to see how ludicrous Saban’s comments were and even more silly was his chastisement of the reporter whose question prompted the infamous comparison…

    John Mark Trent

  4. 4
    Dave(not that one, the other one)

    Best parts of the Article:
    “Okay, let’s just say this: NO ONE should be allowed to mention catastrophes in which thousands of people died when talking about football — or any sport. Not ever. And certainly not someone who is working at what is supposed to be an institution of higher learning. What kind of message is he sending to his players? If he makes a comment like this in public, what in the world is he saying to his players behind closed doors?”

    followed on the next page by this little gem:

    Blah Blah BCS sucks, blah blah…
    “Doing all this would, unfortunately take some leadership. There’s none in the NCAA where Myles Brand hides under his desk every time talk of a playoff comes up. There’s certainly none among the college presidents. So, this lousy unfair system will continue — sort of like the war in Iraq — with no end in sight.”

    So, just so i have it straight, you CANNOT use 9/11 or Pearl Harbor in an analogy decribing how people can pull together in desperate times, but you CAN present the BCS in a direct comparison to an ongoing war.

  5. 5
    capstonereport

    Dave, don’t you understand? Liberals like Whinestein can do and say anything they want. There are two sets of rules, one set for the elite and one set for everybody else.

    Fair enough Mr. Trent the press could be blamed for the failure to accurately report what happened. However, it isn’t for failure to challenge Saban as much as a preconceived bias against him. Here’s a comment from a member of the press left here last week: http://capstonereport.com/?p=356

    If you look at the context from the video of Saban’s remarks, he’s stretching for illustrations that from bad things, good things can happen. Anyone who has had to teach in an academic, religious or business situation uses real world examples as illustrations to specific situations.

    That really is the point of history. It isn’t to revere it, but to learn from it. History is moral teaching, and the wise learn its lessons. There is nothing wrong in taking lessons from Pearl Harbor. In fact, it would be an insult to the memory of those who died if they died in vain.

    And the lessons cover everything from perseverance in the face of adversity to the importance of a robust national defense. And I’d wager the personal lessons are as valuable and profound as the political.

  6. 6
    ShaneW

    “What goes around comes around”

    Now that is a choice line coming from an Auburn fan. If that old adage is true then Auburn has it coming ten fold, and soon. BTW, the “Awbun familee” as you folks call it wrote the book on thought control.

    Elites like Feinstein scare the hell out of me. He’s cut from the same cloth as Al Gore. Only he knows whats appropriate for the rest of us to do and say. Meanwhile he’s spreading his big old carbon footprint around the globe while telling us to ride bicycles.

    Blessings to you too…

    SCW

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