Have you ever despised a sports journalist for being critical of your favorite team?
Have you ever replied in defense of your team with a letter to the editor or a message board bashing of the author?
You are not alone if your answer to both of these questions was an emphatic yes.
Sport is entertainment that evokes an emotional response, so it is natural for fans to be as defensive about teams as they are about family.
By a similar token, it is extremely difficult for sports journalists to write bias-free material.
Trying to achieve complete objectivity is much like trying to achieve perfection in writing—it is an unattainable ideal.
A writer will never be perfect because his or her landscape is in a state of constant flux.
Writers must constantly adapt to the evolutionary changes of their chosen language, which makes their craft an art, not a science.
These inherit problems need not strain the relationship between writer and reader. Each is entitled to express their opinions in the manner they so choose.
But often times it can be difficult ...
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