There are certain writers I try to ignore at Fang’s Bites for the simple reasons they write to draw attention to themselves and more often than not, they don’t write about the sports media. But even when these writers do, they come off badly.
Case in point, Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star and Fox Sports.com. Mr. Whitlock is a very good writer. He stirs the pot and that is what columnists like Mr. Whitlock are paid to do. Today, Whitlock wrote about the Erin Andrews situation and blamed Deadspin for the entire situation (without mentioning the heinous person, possibly an ESPN employee, who videotaped Ms. Andrews in her hotel room without her knowledge) citing an old incident between ESPN host Stuart Scott and NFL Network employee Michelle Beisner as evidence. Good for you, Jason. Rehash a previously dead incident and now let everyone relive this including Ms. Beisner.
I can go point-by-point to debunk this, but Bob’s Blitz has already done so and very well, I might add.
There’s plenty of blame to go around and yes, Deadspin originally pointed the videos out, but this was before ESPN confirmed that the person in question in the grainy videos was indeed Ms. Andrews. And yes, Deadspin was one of the first blogs to post pics of Erin, but it was not as Whitlock points out to “exploit private lives for profit…”
And then to ensure people read Whitlock’s column at its website, Fox Sports puts this picture on its front page:
How does this help the situation when you photoshop Jason looking through a peephole at Erin? News Corp. from the New York Post to Fox News now to FoxSports.com has not handled itself well here. I don’t blame Whitlock for that picture, someone at FoxSports.com put that up and really wasn’t thinking. I just shake my head.
It’s been 8 days since the video came to light and unfortunately, the coverage of this story has just gotten worse. Columnists like Whitlock and Jay Mariotti who fired shots at everyone today make it appear as if blogs are to blame for everything including El Nino.