Gibson: Sports Journalism “So Difficult”

From the (New York) Daily News:

ABC’s World News anchor Charles Gibson at one point considered being a sports reporter.

However, he ultimately realized the job was more difficult than it looked.

“I began to realize that sports journalism was so difficult because if you cover a team, you have to stay in the good graces of that team,” Gibson tells Michael Kay in the YES Network’s “CenterStage” airing Thursday at 10 p.m.

“So, do you pull your punches?” says Gibson. “Do you not write about the fact that so-and-so is a drunk? Or that so-and-so may be on the juice?”

Gibson said the players are so protective…

The pulling-of-punches, the guarding of access, being unique to sports journalism?

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.