I’ve never really understood the appeal of Stephen A. Smith, a guy whose comparative advantage seems to be his willingness to say “controversial” (though not really) things, and his superhuman ability maintain “angry black man face” for . . . well . . . so far, his entire career. Does the guy ever smile?
All of which makes this comment from Smith on how to “fix” journalism especially douche-y:
“…when you look at the internet business, what’s dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is …someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts.”
What exactly is Smith’s expertise? Near as I can tell, it’s talking really loud with an aura of exaggerated faux-frankness.
Also, isn’t Smith’s shtick supposed to be that he fills some sort of populist niche in sports commentary? How exactly does that jibe with him being an elitist asshole?