Albom does a good job of breaking down the hypocrisy of Michigan State, which wants to have it both ways with the media, expecting every member of the media to turn out for its press conference announcing that Izzo is staying, but acting shocked -- shocked! -- that those same members of the media engaged in speculation prior to the press conference about whether Izzo would stay or go. Michigan State engaged in some tired, cliched media criticism, and Izzo himself complained about things he heard on sports radio, leaving unanswered the question of why in the world he listens to sports radio if its content bothers him so much.
All of that was great, and it's good that a high-profile media figure like Albom sticks up for his media colleagues. But it's a shame that Albom had to weaken his own column by repeating the oldest cliche in the book about bloggers.
Wow, there's an original approach. Criticize bloggers by saying they work from their basements. Haven't heard that one before. I mean, other than the 56 million results I get when I search for "bloggers basements" on Google.
Look, this "some guy's basement" thing just needs to stop. Now. It was never funny and never an accurate description of the way most bloggers work, and while I suppose it was once original, it's now the most tired, worn-out cliche that exists about bloggers.
A good writer is a good writer and a bad writer is a bad writer, and it really doesn't make much of a difference whether he's writing in the newsroom of the New York Times or in his basement. You'd think Mitch Albom of all people would know that. Asked last year to describe the room where he writes, Albom answered, "For years I wrote in my basement."