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Tony Kornheiser Rips Washington Post Live

Or, WashingtonPost.com writer presents Washington Post Radio transcript of Washington Post columnist trashing Washington Post Television. Ask yourself, is it really possible to have too much Washington Post in your lives? Never.


Look! Someone who doesn't work for The Washington Post! (On the right.) (Jim Mone - AP)

As you may or may not know, The Washington Post has a television show on regional cable station Comcast SportsyNet, featuring host Russ Thaler, many Washington Post sports hacks, and also various other newspaper hacks (from papers like the Washington Times and Baltimore Sun and The Examiner and the Safeway Circular), and sports talk radio persons and various other blatherers. I have some level of involvement in this show, via taped segments that may or may not be embarrassing to myself, but which my father likes to watch on the YouTubes. The show also runs against some other cable show featuring Washington Post sports persons talking about sports.

I got a phone call this morning alerting me to the fact that one of those latter persons, the inimitable Tony Kornheiser, he of the SportsJournalists.com message board thread, was discussing Washington Post Live on Washington Post Radio. The transcript:

Tony: "The Washington Post Live" is a television show on Comcast. It's awful. I don't really have much more to say about that. It's just awful. [Note: Actual name is "Washington Post Live," but now that I think about it, it probably should be "The Washington Post Live," or maybe "The WaPo Live."]

Jeanne McManus: It does go up against "PTI. In fairness, you should say that.

Tony: It's just unwatchable. I watch the replay sometimes. Here's my advice, my advice to people at The Washington Post, not that they care, but I work for them, you know, and I love working for them, and I've loved them for many, many years, and I love doing this radio show, which is on nominally Washington Post Radio, until they cancel that three days after I leave.

But if you're going to say it's "Washington Post Live," have Washington Post people on it. Have your people on it. You know, pick a host who's one of your people, train him, and let him do the show. Have your own people on, and don't bring on people from other venues. Don't bother doing it. Because then it's not "The Washington Post Live." If you're gonna put your name on it--am I wrong on this?--if you're gonna put your name on it, and you're gonna basically put your brand on it, put your own people on it. You're looking at me....

Jeanne McManus: Well, you don't have Washington Post people on this show, exclusively. You have people from other, rival newspapers.

Tony: Yes, I do.

Jeanne McManus: And it makes an interesting show. Perhaps the same thinking that you're using here went into play on the TV show.

Tony: Have you watched the TV show?

Jeanne McManus: Once. [Me too!]

Tony: Yeah. Tracee, am I wrong on this? You can say I'm wrong. You've said I've been wrong for years.

Washington Post Deputy Sports Editor Tracee Hamilton, who's always been very nice to me, and who really should be a professional columnist: Yeah, well, sure, I have, but the problem is, The Washington Post people are actually putting out The Washington Post.

Tony: And I understand that.

Tracee Hamilton: So finding two or three of these people every day to spend an hour and a half in Upper Northwest is really difficult. [Actually, lovely downtown Bethesda, with easy access to Chipotle.]

Tony: So say "The Washington Post Presents Something or Other," you know, or The Washington Post in conjunction with [??, joke over my head] Presents Today's Local Sports." And then that's all you have to do.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 13, 2007; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  Media  
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