Editor’s note: ITK beat me to this subject, but as I was driving this afternoon these thoughts flooded my head, and I had to post them.
There are good reasons why Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban treats the media poorly.
The members of the press aren’t the brightest people in the world. Seriously, they CHOSE to be reporters. Of all the majors available in college, these geniuses picked the wrong one. Engineering? Big bucks. Pre-law? Pre-med? Both are pathways to good careers. But picking journalism? Please. These guys are morons.
As we have already established beyond question the mental inferiority of the press, we should now proceed to an examination of the internal working of the beat reporters, and why these intrinsic functions create tension. While not a truly hierarchical organization, the beat does have its own order. Reporters, even competitors, routinely talk and share thoughts, opinions, etc. This sharing of opinions tends to create groupthink. Such is evident in almost all the coverage of the waning days of the Mike Shula administration of Alabama football. There were so few dissenting voices because so many in the press suffered this afflictionâ€”groupthink.
Another function of the beat is that most reporters have little experience. This lack of experience includes two areas a reporter must cover: management and athletics. Reporters covering a beat, even a beat as lofty as that of Alabama Crimson Tide football, have little experience managing people. In contrast, coaches must manage other coaches, support personnel and players. Each of these requires specific talents. A coach must be able to soothe the egos of assistant coaches, coordinate numerous support tasks and babysit players. And it is even harder to do than it sounds. Yet, reporters have no clue about the difficulties involved in management, or how something printed creates ripples of trouble throughout an organization. Reporters also tend to be ignorant of athletics. Most haven’t played a sport, and are stuck writing about it because they were never picked for the kickball team at recess.
When you consider all the problems including the mental deficiencies of reporters and their lack of knowledge about the subject they are supposed to cover, is it a surprise Saban might resent them?