Disgruntled Grandpa Mike Ditka Calls Al Jazeera “Garbage”
Mike Ditka is the resident grumpy gramps of the Sunday NFL Countdown crew over at ESPN, so no one seemed particularly shocked when he launched into an angry tirade discrediting an entire news organization that he's clearly never heard of.
All of the guys were incredibly and perhaps gratuitously defensive of Peyton Manning during their discussion regarding the Al Jazeera report linking Manning to HGH via an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic that allegedly provided multiple pro athletes with performance enhancing drugs. In fact, Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson and Cris Carter all asserted that they didn't even want to talk about the report because they felt that it was further legitimizing it.
But Ditka took it one step further, attacking Al Jazeera as a news entity and calling them "garbage."
“Here’s the thing that bothers me: Al Jazeera is not a credible news organization. They’re out there spreading garbage. That’s what they do. yet we give them credibility by talking about it. They’re garbage. That’s what they are.”
Well alright then... that's certainly one opinion to have! Technically though, Al Jazeera is a credible news organization. That's not to say that this particular report is correct, but as ESPN very well knows, credible news organizations are perfectly capable of standing by false reports.
Ditka's peers - and even some ESPN colleagues - were fairly quick to take to Twitter and point out that Ditka's tear down of Al Jazeera as a news source was less than justified.
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