We spent some time yesterday talking aboutta argues in principle that Voter AP Hub Arkush voted for Aaron Rodgers as MVP. You may disagree with the principles, and they were probably on the side of the hypocrites (it has been a Hub habit for years), but at least they were his. And you might understand, even if you disagreed.
So I guess it wasn’t a surprise that Hub walked them all back as soon as someone got mad, especially Aaron Rodgers, who he called Arkush “a bum”. Arkush posted humiliating apologies to anyone who would have accepted it yesterday, and in the meantime ripped the hood off what sports reporters, for the most part, are looking for today.
Hit all the notes. Arkush claimed he made “a terrible mistake”. He mentioned how honored it is to be one of the select few to vote for postseason awards in the NFL. He talked about how one of the codes for having that vote is to reveal no inclination as to how he might vote until after the awards are announced. He feared that his views would put pressure on other voters, who could be questioned to also make their votes public and reveal the reasons behind their decisions. And then he sucked Rodgers out of more than one pilot fish.
Here are a few lines:
“I made a terrible mistake. It was completely my fault. There’s no one else to blame and I’m here to try and apologize.
I own this and I couldn’t be more sorry. “
All of this because Arkush was just … honest.
Everything Arkush wrote in his apology is the runoff of farmland and pretty much points to what’s important to these reporters about work. This is their precious access, their privileges, and to stay in the secret club without ever having to justify it. And none of that really has to do with coverage of the chosen sport. To quote Saint Carlin, “It’s a great club … and you’re not there!”
What was Arkush’s mistake? Give an honest opinion? He is allowed. And Rodgers is a jerk who held his team hostage over the summer simply because he felt like it, and then lied to them and the league when it came to testing and vaccinations, and then amped up the exact shit we got. keeps everyone in this quagmire longer than we ever should have been. That’s more than enough to call him an idiot.
While I’m sure Arkush and the other 49 voters enjoy their voter status for postseason awards, it shouldn’t be the end of it all. This is not the end of the game. It should be exactly the kind of thing a writer should be willing to trade with their honesty and principles, if any, especially when on the right side of the debate. If you are willing to hold your status as a prize voter sacred, why should we care about your opinion? Clearly you can be bought and influenced.
We’ve gone through this whole thing of not taking public vows, and it’s just about writers who don’t want to be held accountable for their reasoning and vows. It is not a question of integrity, it is a matter of law. And all his “comrades” who are also voting should turn their backs on him. I’m pretty sure the AP as a whole would, in theory, get along well.
Arkush, like everyone else, is just protecting his access, fearing that maybe no one would give him the scoop he has had for years. We used to think that the latest news from reporters was the result of stubborn work, but now it’s just a matter of reading the script they receive. And Arkush is terrified of losing those scripts.
We saw the other day Ken Rosenthal lost his MLB Network job to be honest. You haven’t heard him apologize or humble himself or desperately cling to his position. He went on and continued his work.
Don’t worry Hub, I’m sure Rodgers will grant you that interview next time so you can pitch as many softball questions as you want, and you can vote him MVP next year when he’s a Bronco. At least you will be happy.