ESPN, Jalen Rose, And The Manufactured "Uncle Tom" Controversy
This is where ESPN's tricky dual roles as journalism outfit and producer of sports entertainment collide, and the results aren't always pretty. ESPN, not to mention Jalen Rose, only stood to benefit from a controversy over Rose's remarks. Among other things, it allowed the network to promote the doc without explicitly promoting it. It was news now, not just another piece of entertainment programming.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Deadspin points to a telling conflict of interest at ESPN in the matter of Jalen Rose v. Grant Hill: