See that? Hot, right? Right. Here’s the problem though. Those are the images you see when you go to the website of our local newspaper, The San Diego Union-Tribune (SD U-T). All San Diegans know the site, www.SignOnSanDiego.com, because that’s where we go to get the news. Print is dying, sad but true. Well, head to the Sports section, and scroll down a bit. That’s what you get. (the exact images seem to changed daily.) Made to look like one of SD U-T’s own stories, they are advertisement links to Bleacher Report (b/r). I don’t even have time to get into what a worthless website Bleacher Report is. Although, here are some nice parody images from SportsPickle that sum up my feelings on their site nicely.
So, back to the SD U/T. First, as a guy with a pulse, I love women. The less they are wearing, the better they look. That’s how all guys are. I get that. Second, I don’t mind the SD U-T as a newspaper, I think they usually do a decent job. Furthermore, I’m not trying to be some overly-sensitive, whistle-blowing, yuppy prude. However, this is ridiculous. It’s damn near impossible to surf the internet these days without seeing half naked chicks. I’m not here to address the issue of what you as an individual like to look at…if you want surf porn on the internet, that’s your prerogative. I am here to address the issue of what you should NOT be subjected to looking at if you don’t want to. If there’s one website you should be able to visit without fears of seeing advertisements and links to softcore porn…it’s your local newspaper, right? How can parents justify sending their elementary school kids online to read the newspaper when you’re placing them in the line of fire of softcore porn. And listen, don’t gimme any of that “oh, c’mon, it’s not that bad… they see the same at the beach… stop being so dramatic, it’s not softcore… blah blah blah“. Shut it. It is too that bad. Yes, I’m on a soapbox, so what. You click on those links, and your boss walks by… you can get fired for that at a lot of companies.
Maybe I’m overreacting, I’m sure most will think that I am, but it just seems crazy to me that you can’t go to your local newspaper website for news and not get that. I certainly wouldn’t let my kids come to LobShots while surfing the web, because, although we try to keep it pretty clean, it’s an adult website with adult humor. It’s not for kids. Newspapers however, should be for everybody. I think it’s time for The San Diego Union-Tribune to get out of bed with Bleacher Report, and start acting like they’ve been there before. Stepping off my soapbox now.