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F**k Murray Chass
2008-07-16 11:37
by Will Carroll

Murray Chass is a blogger now.

He can say he hates them and wave his Spink Award (deserved) all he wants, but he's just a blogger.

He can call himself a columnist, but the Times let him go, a cost-saving move that hurt them as much as it hurt him. The New York Times can't just find another Murray Chass and can't afford him, but Chass can get a Blogger account and pow, he's back on Ballbug. I bet Murray's a bit chapped that he's being found via Ballbug, Google, Primer, and other newfangled ways. I bet somewhere in Brooklyn, he's got a kid in a "Newsies" outfit yelling out his URL.

I'd welcome Chass to the 'net if he'd welcome it, but he won't. Will he link to Alex Belth, a better writer in the medium than Chass will be? Will he limit his thoughts to days gone by the same way he'll limit sharing time with ex-writers, the Bitter Old Ink-Stained Wretches Club?

The saddest thing to me is that Chass could be a leader. He could do what T.R. Sullivan, Peter Gammons, and Richard Justice have done and embraced a new way to connect with people that love the game and want to read the best writers and best information. Instead, he'll work his grumpy, bitter, get-off-my-lawn routine until he's irrelevant. It's baseball's loss, but it's Chass' choice.

2008-07-16 20:20:23
1.   TFD
You know...Will... the world has passed guys like Murray Chass by a long time ago. Value judgements by the likes of blog-bashers (Chass and his kind) just further pushes them past the line of relevancy.

And really it has nothing to do with blogs, it has to do with him unwilling to adept to the new world because of the large comfort zone that years in the newspaper business created.

Gammon/Sullivan = adapters
Chass and the like = non-adapters

And we know what history does with non-adapters.....[note to self, see Origin of Species]

Why get worked up about it? It's no value judgement to say, he's done; he just doesn't know it yet.

2008-07-17 06:14:34
2.   3rd gen yankee fan
It's not a blog, it's a platform for pronouncements from on high.

Plus it's ugly.

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