What If There Was An ESPN For Girls?

Today's Wall Street Journal examines a refreshing shift for the news media: ESPN is hiring real journalists all of a sudden, snapping them up from struggling print media outlets, a strategy the paper credits for them kicking ass on the story on how all the baseball players take steroids. (I think we can also credit the strategy for Stephen A. Smith, but whatevs.) Anyway, here's the thing: the guys in the picture they use are ug-ly. And they're not even, like, fatly-distinguished-interesting ugly, like Tim Russert or Aaron Brown, they're just sorta meh boring. Needless to say, I am not waiting for similar trends to go down in the world of lady-journalism. For one thing, there is no ESPN of, um, any ultimately meaningless but harmless and much-beloved female-dominated pastime. But I mean, say for a second there was a female-dominated pastime so important to females they demanded the very best and shrewdest journalists covering its intricacies, photogenicity be damned.

And taking advantage of the print media doldrums, the network dropped the big dollars to buy up Nikki Finke, Robin Givhan, Lisa DePaulo, Dana Priest, Kim Masters, Sharon Waxman...name your favorite lady journalist here. And they all had a 24-hour-news outlet on which they could weigh in on anything they wanted. I bet they would all pool their interests and experiences and find a common theme! It would be something like, "How men are fucking up the world."

Thank God there's sports to keep them all distracted!

Why A Cable TV Network Is Hiring The Ink-Stained. [WSJ]