To support his opinion, Hersh did offer what I would call "insight" and "intelligent analysis." Others are entitled to their own analyses and opinions, of course.
(IMHO, his tweet was not "ugly" in the least.)
@olyphil Come now - Virtue & Moir, Davis & White, Savchenko & Szolkowy not great? Or perhaps you are only speaking of ladies?
7:09 AM - 26 Sep 13
Philip Hersh @olyphil
@LynnRutherford I meant great singles skater.
7:10 AM - 26 Sep 13
@olyphil Okay. Guess assuming Plushenko is past it, and Chan has things yet to prove.
7:11 AM - 26 Sep 13
Philip Hersh @olyphil
@LynnRutherford Yuna's 2010 Oly skates (and 2013 worlds skates) put her in a class by herself. It's like major leagues and Class AA
7:13 AM - 26 Sep 13
Regarding TSL, for the record:
- TSL's three tweets yesterday pertained to Yuna Kim, Elena Radionova, and Fleur Maxwell.
- Nothing at all from TSL yesterday re Miki Ando or Ashley Cain.
It is his own personal opinion that he is entitled to have and share, but it is extremely dismissive of the talents and efforts of a number of talented athletes in both ladies and men's singles skating.
I don't know. It's not Hersh's job to promote figure skating, It's his job to sell newspapers.
In any case, Hersh can say Kim is the greatest, just like we we can say Hersh is an idiot. It's all just talk.
If you look at a lot of journalist's profiles you'll see a disclaimer that states "Tweets don't reflect my employer's view" or "My tweets/opinions are my own."
I would agree with others that a 140-character tweet should not be held to the same standards as a published journal article, which presents a narrative or argument with supporting facts or evidence or eye-witness/first-hand reports. The two are very different beasts.
What is intelligent and insightful about declaring that a sport where the athletes leave their sweat and tears in training and with each performance does not have any good athletes except one.
Yes Ashley Wagner you improved your skating and went from the almost girl to #1 in the U.S but you are not a great athlete
Carolina after bombing at Oly and Worlds 2010 you became world champion but you are not a great athlete
Miki Ando you are making a comeback after giving birth but you are not a great athlete
Akiko Suzuki you persevere in the sport and finally made the world podium but you are not a great athlete
and the list goes on.......
I cant believe some people are not offended by the assumption that the sport they love have only ONE great Athlete. And although people are entitled to their opinion, they are also responsible for it. So, his comment was demeaning and rude.
But in any case, based on his past record, little that he writes about figure skating need be taken too seriously by fans of the sport anyway. Hersh's main interest lies with whoever is on top at any given time. Were Yuna to have had poor results last Worlds, I have no doubt he would have written some exaggerated and pessimistic article all about it.
Minze2001 you serious?
I can't believe this is a serious thread. I found it hilarious there's even a thread created about this (and me even respond to it) has became a comedy of tragic proportions.
Uh... Yes Phil is a journalist. Being paid to have an opinion on multiple national newspaper for a few decades might have something to do with it. It is called having a point of view. You don't have to like it, you don't even have agree with with it, but it is pure sourgrapes with the reasons you have given. Why not just scream 'i can't believe he report on sport only when they are dying children out there starving!!! He is not a real journalist!!'
It all depends on your prerogative, I happen to think he shows great insights, objectivity and intelligent analysis from his latest tweets.
I'd even say he is doing a marvelous job if you even bother to create a thread to bash him. For the record, i disagree with just about everyone: tiger mums, world famous professors, best friends, heads of states, pulitzer / turner prize winners, royalties, ceos, crazy bus drivers, big Steve down at the local fish and chip shop, I have disagreed with them all face to face....proudly, but I am not as weak as to question their profession/roles just because I can't handle a disagreement.
Journalist / columnists are not required to be diplomats working for the UN. They are not school teachers or historians. Had they been, they'd be very boring to read and soon became irrelevant. The worst journalist are the ones with no view, cares more about political correctness instead of having the guts to express an unpopular view. Just like skaters, every time they go out there, they risk of being judged, scrutinized, criticized, or revered because it comes with the job description. Love it or hate it, it is all part of the free world we live in.