It pains me to write so critically of this game I love and to which I owe so much and still enjoy. But it may be time to agree with my dad’s original assessment of football when he first came to America, watched on our black and white TV and said, “This is a game for animals.”
Do ratings wars drive us toward actual wars? If covering Libya weren’t “good” for ratings, would we have seen the pictures of death, destruction and brutality for the past month to the extent we have? And if we hadn’t seen those stories, would we be enforcing a no-fly zone right now? I believe there’s a risk that cable news can fuel the fire and “sell” us on a course of action. Too much coverage carries with it the risk of creating a false sense of importance or urgency. So what’s the solution?