Op-Ed isn't new though. I think the issue is that major journalism gravities towards meaningless controversy over hard issues. Half the country gets in a tizzy when the news presses the partisans they like; the other half does the same when their favorite sons are pushed or questioned. I'm talking in terms of general journalism right now but it applies to sports journalism just as well. Rape cases and negligent manslaughter issues against Notre Dame were too much to push - therefore ignite a part of their viewership negatively - but a girlfriend hoax is a soft enough story for the media to latch onto without much reaction from the ND faithful.
Big media is useless because it seeks to appease all potential viewers. They aren't going to say hard truths. There aren't any Murrows out there today. There may be guys who will press the truth like him, but they aren't given his platform anymore. Instead we get Nancy Grace asking us to PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN every night when we could be talking about substantive domestic and foreign policies issues. It's a said state of affairs when the best hour worth of news in this country is on Comedy Central.
We should be talking about the Miami investigation and the NCAA's announcement of their own misgivings in the investigation which effectively let Miami off the hook unlike any other time in modern NCAA history. We should be talking about how the recent relaxation of NCAA rules (albeit mostly sensible) and the admission that their investigations have gone too far in legally shady methods is seemingly ushering in an era of the toothless NCAA infractions committee. What will be the impact? Will teams wanting to get to the next level push the envelope much further now? Is it time to consider breaking major conference college football off into it's own semi-pro entity and be done with the whole dog and pony show of amateurism?
This is great, substantive off-season discussion but instead we're getting Te'o's homosexual hoaxer who is just a poor mixed up kid. Who cares? If we're going to talk about Notre Dame deceptions, lets worry about the ones with real dead people involved.