Jan 07 2017

Throwball Playoff Wild Card Game: Raiders @ Texans

“Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press.”

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again where your decide which team you hate the least unless it’s the Packers of course. Is this bias? Sure!


If you consider the great journalists in history, you don’t see too many objective journalists on that list. H. L. Mencken was not objective. Mike Royko, who just died. I. F. Stone was not objective. Mark Twain was not objective. I don’t quite understand this worship of objectivity in journalism. Now, just flat-out lying is different from being subjective.

So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here — not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.

There are a lot of ways to practice the art of journalism, and one of them is to use your art like a hammer to destroy the right people — who are almost always your enemies, for one reason or another, and who usually deserve to be crippled, because they are wrong. This is a dangerous notion, and very few professional journalists will endorse it — calling it “vengeful” and “primitive” and “perverse” regardless of how often they might do the same thing themselves. “That kind of stuff is opinion,” they say, “and the reader is cheated if it’s not labelled as opinion.” Well, maybe so. Maybe Tom Paine cheated his readers and Mark Twain was a devious fraud with no morals at all who used journalism for his own foul ends. And maybe H. L. Mencken should have been locked up for trying to pass off his opinions on gullible readers and normal “objective journalism.” Mencken understood that politics — as used in journalism — was the art of controlling his environment, and he made no apologies for it. In my case, using what politely might be called “advocacy journalism,” I’ve used reporting as a weapon to affect political situations that bear down on my environment.

So consider this a box score or a race result. My Sports Reporting is the most objective thing I do, though it’s all actual factual and not ‘Fake’ News like the legacy media.

The Texans are an expansion team so there’s no reason to hate them other than that they’re from Texas.

The Raiders (12 – 4) are 3 point underdogs and will be starting 3rd stringer Connor Cook after a week 17 injury to Matt McGloin. The Texans are no better starting Brock Osweiler after Tom Savage was injured by the Titans.

The last time these 2 teams met was in Mexico City during week 11 and the Raiders won 27 – 20. Of Course that was under QB Derek Carr. I told you Connor Cook was 3rd string. A victory today is a testament to the team.

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