#1 Feb 15, 2009
Ed Hinton the fat, bombastic, self-important anal gland?
Those of you who donít remember who Ed Hinton is (and I have to keep reminding myself that there are people out there that are fortunate enough to claim this), his biggest claim to fame is that he wrote a four-part series of articles prior to Dale Earnhardtís death about soft walls, wheel tethers, and other racing safety apparati that could seem propheticÖ until you realize that he wrote all of that after the deaths of both Kenny Irwin and Adam Petty. Essentially, itís a great example of Hintonís grabbing the limelight and attention by personally claiming the genesis of ideas that were actually in solid discussion and development for nearly a decade before the fact.
No, Hintonís biggest claims are to infamy, not fame. People remember him best for his two-punch of douchebaggery - first, publishing an article complete with photos of bloody corpses in Sports Illustrated about fan fatalities at the IRLís final Charlotte race, and second, doggedly pursuing the right to publish his self-proclaimed ďbest friendĒ Dale Earnhardtís autopsy photos in his articles. Anyone who believes these actions to be terrible but temporary lapses in judgment do not understand that Hintonís rapacious appetite for controversy is his default persona, not the exception to the rule. Heís the kind of guy thatíll earn a personís trust long enough to get the chance to drive a Mack truck into his nuts.
Anyway, ESPN hired this cocksmoker once Hinton lost his old job thanks to cutbacks in their racing coverage, so once again he has an outlet for his monumental ego and cavernous capacity for smug egotism. Thatís really too bad, because Hinton is the poster boy for the worst impulses of racing journalism. I give guys like Jeff Olson, Jack Arute, and even Robin Miller a lot of grief in these pages but in comparison to Hinton they are choir boys. At least with Miller I can still enjoy a beer with the guy even if I donít agree with him, and Olson and Arute are mostly harmless fanboys-in-writer-garb. Hinton, however, is a repellent human being and if I see him again in public Iím headed the other way as fast as I can.
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