Thursday, January 25, 2007
Fire Ron Cook, Post-Gazette columnist. Ron Cook sucks
Does anyone out there hate Ron Cook as much as I do?
His rhetorical question lede?
That's followed by another question?
Do you dislike his formulaic oratory, in which he addresses the reader as if all seven of them have gathered in a lecture hall to listen to his pablum?
From Cook's last column, in which he asked six questions: But what if Tomlin isn't necessarily the best choice? What if he got the job because Steelers owner Dan Rooney cares just a little more about his NFL legacy than about his franchise? What if Tomlin got the job, at least in part, because of the Rooney Rule?
I recently reviewed the last two months of half-Cooked columns. These "stories," which average four questions usually address the reader in the second person.
Example: Do you know how important stability is to an NFL coach?
No, I don't Ron. Could you tell me?
Half of all columns opened with a question. Four of his columns opened with a question immediately posited a second question. A particularly egregious violation of journalism came in a story in which argued the Steelers should hire Ken Wisenhunt. After counting seven questions I became too angry to continue.
Ron Cook needs to retire. Please write to sports editor Jerry Micco (firstname.lastname@example.org) and put a stop to Cook's vexing condemnations of the fan, the athlete, the coach, etc.