Words Of Wisdom

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“If you have contempt for the people you are writing about, you probably shouldn’t be writing about them.” – Al Cohn, Newsday, retired.

I’ve met some great people in my life, and have learned a great deal from many of them.

My dad taught me to let other people tell you how good you are at something.

My wife has taught me that unconditional love, loyalty and commitment is priceless.

Some of my ex-business partners taught me that you have to be careful who you trust.

My journalism career has been equally educational, and generous people from all walks of media have served as mentors, both intentionally and by mistake.

Brian Orefice taught me accountability and how to cultivate my passion, and Justin Einhorn explained — very patiently — that every sport is worthy of the same editorial effort.

But Al Cohn, through one of his former students, Wallace Matthews (now of ESPN New York), taught me the greatest lesson, which I have quoted above.

The next time you feel the need to lash out at someone, or something, on Twitter or Facebook, or your personal blog, remember the words of my buddy Al Cohn.

 

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4 thoughts on “Words Of Wisdom

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    Leslie said:
    June 15, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Today’s sportswriters could adhere that advice from Al Cohn, especially Jay Mariotti. It probably is a good idea not to go rip people in public at any profession.

    When one writes about sports, he or she should explain the events in a storytelling manner. Talk about the game or talk about the events unfold. Make it into art. There’s no need to be a blowhard or self-serving by using someone for your personal gain.

    Too many sportswriters are losing sight of that. It’s about me, me and me.

    Bloggers or writers that write for sites such as SB Nation or Bleacher Report should take heed of that advice by Mr. Cohn.

    Scott G. said:
    June 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Well said Leslie. Too many writers and media members in sports today forget that we watchand read sports for the game, not them. I have come to apreciate that the work Mark and BD/GB does, is done with integrity and passion

    Mark Healey responded:
    January 7, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Reblogged this on Gotham Nation.

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