The Redskins Are Hiring a Blogger
WARNING * * SELF-REFERENTIAL MEDIA TALK * *
A couple weeks ago I got a call from Redskins Minister of Information Karl Swanson. He wanted to talk about the team's idea to create a blog on Redskins.com. In theory, he wasn't talking about a collection of press releases and bad video clips published using blog software, but rather a real honest-to-goodness blog, filled, theoretically, with behind-the-scenes nuggets on Chris Cooley's drug testing tales, Fred Smoot's energy drink business and DeShawn Stevenson's beard. Yeah, that's right, the concept is an all-D.C. sports blog, to include posts about whatever its author deems fit, including artisanal cheese when necessary.
(I was, embarrassingly, a bit humbled to have been contacted. I also felt that this was a sure sign that the Bog is just way too fluffy, and so I tried vainly to write a whole bunch of anti-Redskins jokes last week, just to make myself feel better.)
Anyhow, I had my first-ever face-to-face conversation with the Minister of Information last week. This position isn't going to end up working out for me--although a friend pointed out that it would have been "the most exciting two-and-a-half weeks of your life!!!"--but I still think the idea of a behind-the-scenes, video-and-photo-heavy, well-written and authentic Redskins.com blog, composed by a real blogger, is a tremendous one that will almost certainly succeed. And there are some extremely impressive names being bandied about for who this blogger might turn out to be. I plan on stealing his or her copy almost immediately.
That's the news. Anyhow (and here's where this entry becomes unbearably media-obsessed), you might have learned about this yesterday from reading some other Post blog, which led to me suddenly getting e-mails to the effect of, "So what's the deal with the Redskins job?" Yeah, months after I had refused to blog about the job-offer rumors swirling around some other Post reporter, and on the same day that I was ardently defending that other Post reporter against the Source-o-Meter, he was blogging about my career path using anonymous sources and my initials, leading some confused message board folks to think Karl Swanson was going to hire Daniel Snyder to blog about Brandon Lloyd.
Now I don't have much of a leg to stand on here, since I once wrote an extremely obnoxious blog post about a co-worker based on anonymous sources without talking to him, but jeez, if some other Post blogger wanted that badly to report on my career path, he could have asked me. Then, instead of "I keep hearing," he could have written "Steinberg just told me." Or, he could have called the Minister of Information, and then written "the Minister of Information just told me that he almost tried to buy Steinberg's soul."
Then again, maybe mysteriously sourced material makes for better copy than "Swanson said."
See, I could work for the Redskins! I'm whining about anonymous sources! Somebody dial up the Source-o-Meter!
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