The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at the NCAA’s attacks on New York Times columnist Joe Nocera and other journalists. “Lately those exchanges have gotten personal, with NCAA representatives referring to some journalists as ‘lame,’ ‘dumb,’ ‘pseudo-journos,’ and ‘bad ones,’” writes Brad Wolverton. Nocera tells him:
Calling me names or pushing back doesn’t really bother me. I have always felt that I get to have my say in my column, and the subjects of my columns should have the right to fire back however they see fit. What has been striking in the case of the NCAA is how ad hominem the attacks have been, and how little interested it seems in engaging on the issue, especially the issue of whether its enforcements are unfair.