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Concerning Kornheiser's Office

Staged photo. Those books weren't really there. (Photo by Matt Bonesteel)

Well, as long as you offered....

Let's consider today's On the DL podcast, hosted by Dan Levy, featuring special guest Tony Kornheiser: Levy asked Kornheiser who's inherited his office, now that he no longer works at The Post, and now that we've added the half-dozen employees from's sports staff into our midst.

"I still have it," Tony said. "I still have it. I hope to keep that office. I hope, but I don't know. It's not up to me any more. But I was told when I left that I could keep the office and the phone number, and I want them. Who moved over there, how many people are we talking about? They don't deserve offices. They don't deserve offices, ok? Now the head of them may deserve [one]. Not everybody at the Washington Post has an office, and anybody who wants to can use my office. I just don't want to be booted out of it. I don't mind if people use it, as long as they clean it when they leave. I don't mind."

Boxes in the middle of my new workspace.

"And I don't work there so I feel that I can speak for them," Levy chimed in. "It just seems like, what are you holding onto it for?"

"Thirty years of memories," Tony said. "Thirty years of working for an institution and hopefully making that institution better. Thirty years of love and affection that flowed to me and from me, to it and from it. And just the notion that if I'm out on the street, I'm gonna feel really lousy if I don't have an office to go to. I mean, it's like you're making this seem like I'm somehow being greedy. Tom Boswell has an office, he's never in it. Michael Wilbon has an office, he's never in it. They never use it. Sally Jenkins, whenever she's in town, uses Boz's office. Who needs to have this office that I can't have it?

"So you're pulling that sort of Wilbon thing, making it seem that I'm being elitist and I'm against the people. I'm not against the people. Anybody who wants to use it can use it. I don't care, it's fine. I just want to have it."

Anyhow, thanks. Now if you could just shove those boxes up against the wall, we'd be set.

(Also on the podcast: American Idol chatter, bracket talk, and more on Paul Farhi. Timeless subjects, all.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 18, 2009; 3:47 PM ET
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I see what looks to be a bottle of wine in the corner. TK been boozing on the job?

Posted by: JDP_ | March 18, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan, if I didn't know any better I'd say you were "provoking."

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 18, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The bear. He has been poked.

Posted by: rjgianfortune | March 18, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Steinz, you've been instigating more than usual lately...

Posted by: Barno1 | March 18, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I know the difference between Kornheiser and the Boswell/Wilbon/Jenkins cadre: Those last three people actually still write for the Post! Someone tell Tony that's the difference!

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 19, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Dan, you need to hit the power button before you can get any work done there...

Posted by: bsketc8se | March 19, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If Steinz had any stones, he would have a showdown with TK at Dan's old stomping grounds in at U/D tomorrow night.

Posted by: metatext | March 19, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The fact that he mentions the selfish nature of the request himself, clearly demonstrates he knows full well the absurdity of the request.

Tony, you work for ESPN not the Post. Get over yourself and move the hell out of the office.

Posted by: keithleekrider | March 20, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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