I’m curious what sports broadcasters and sports journalism professors have to say about this San Antonio reporter’s Spurs boosterism. (I don’t watch local news and sports so I have no idea if this business as usual on the sports desk.) Are the days of objective local sports reports over? (I recall the old WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee – several news directors ago – used to have straightforward sportscasts.) Do consultants now encourage anchors to root for the home team? The San Antonio broadcast journalist who sent me the image writes: “This is getting ridiculous … this is another reason TV reporters get less and less respect.” Cory Smith’s Facebook post is getting thousands of Likes and hundreds of shares.
Correction: An earlier version reported that Smith is a sports journalist. He let me know that he’s a news reporter.