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Sportscaster Jim Lampley on Being ‘Persuaded’ To Blog About Politics

After using an incorrect source in his post about the Iraq War for Huffington Post, sports broadcasting heavyweight Jim Lampley faced backlash from readers. But, for the host of HBO’s Fight Game, that scenario — and covering politics, in general — was never in his game plan.

“I had been persuaded to do it by someone very high up in political media who has specific purpose in mind for me. At the end of the day, I decided I wasn’t interested in that purpose,” Lampley said in mediabistro.com’s latest So What Do You Do? interview.

Lampley also touched on media personalities voicing their personal views or politics. “I guess it would be a little hypocritical of me to say they shouldn’t. I used to always prefix any political or social comments I made on the radio by saying, ‘I’m about to give you my personal opinion. I happen to be a commentator by trade, not an editorialist… so you take it as you see fit.’ And then from time to time I would speak out.”

Read the full interview: So What Do You Do, Jim Lampley, Host of HBO World Championship Boxing?

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