Monday, October 18, 2010

Alaska Dispatch Reporter Tony Hopfinger Got Off Light; Remember What Quarterback Jim Everett Did To Snotty ESPN Punk Jim Rome?

By now, the details of the dustup between Alaska Dispatch reporter Tony Hopfinger and members of Joe Miller's security detail have spread throughout cyberspace, and have even been picked up by CNN. Hopfinger continues to whitewash his own role somewhat. The best report so far has been published by the Anchorage Daily News; over 950 comments have been posted so far.

But the fact is, Tony Hopfinger actually got off light. Hark back to this 1994 incident between former NFL quarterback Jim Everett and a then-snotty young ESPN punk named Jim Rome. Rome kept disrespecting Everett and wouldn't back off, and so Everett took direct action:

This could have happened to Tony Hopfinger. It should have happened to Jim Gray after he deliberately disrespected Pete Rose during a special moment in 1999 when, for the first time since being banned from baseball, Rose was allowed onto the field in Cincinnati for a special occasion. Jim Gray desecrated the occasion by repeatedly badgering Rose about betting on baseball -- not once or twice, but five questions about it:

I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of these uppity, snotty reporters who display this New York attitude and try to become the news instead of merely reporting the news as they should. I'm not at all sad that Tony Hopfinger got roughed up a bit -- it will teach him some respect. Of course, I'm also glad he did not get seriously injured -- the security detail obviously used only reasonable force. Fortunately, the vast majority of our reporters up here in Alaska are professional and do not emulate this behavior. One of the best examples of journalistic professionalism is consistently set by Michael Carey.

Doctrine & Covenants 121:43 states, "Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy." On October 17th, Tony Hopfinger got the "sharpness". If, upon reflection, he comes to his senses, gets his head straight, and apologizes for his boorish behavior, we can then show him the "increase of love". I look forward to Hopfinger doing the right thing.

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