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KidsPost slams the Redskins

It'll be tough to top that day in October when four separate sections of The Washington Post issued critical reports on the Redskins, from Financial to Style to Metro to Sports. (That was also the day I waited five hours to get my daughter's H1N1 vaccine, which is why it's burned so clearly in my memory.)

But dang if different sections of The Post aren't still lining up for their crack at the burgundy-and-gold pinata. Earlier this week, there was an out-of-nowhere jab in a story about local parents sending their children to local boarding schools. A student in that story told The Post that a recent outing to a Redskins game was "sad, but fun."

And last week, there was the Style double-dose of anger, with a Bootsy Vegas profile about rooting for "one of the most wretched teams in professional football today" and the Sports in D.C. piece that claimed "As sports towns go, Washington has become Loserville, U.S.A."

Naturallly, KidsPost -- KidsPost! -- stepped up for its whack Thursday morning, and there was nothing mild about it. In its midseason report card aimed at an audience of juniors, Daniel Snyder got an F, Jim Zorn got a D, and the offense got an F.

"If you are not doing well in school, maybe you should ask the teacher for extra help or spend more time studying and doing your homework instead of watching TV and playing video games," KidsPost sports columnist Fred Bowen wrote. The clear implication is that someone in Ashburn is watching cartoons while the palace burns. Dora, probably.

"It took years for the Redskins to get this bad," Bowen wrote, in an attempt to squelch any tiny remaining bubbles of optimism out of the D.C. youth. "It may take years before they are good again."

(Bowen, of course, is a longtime Skins antagonist. "It seems to me that the Redskins are trying to build a championship team by spending a lot of money on just a few players. And that doesn't work," he wrote in March, after the Haynesworth and Hall signings. In that piece, he also urged the Redskins to copy the Steelers and the Patriots, just like struggling students should copy the kids who "finish their homework, pay attention in class and spend more time reading than watching television."

And a year ago, when the Skins were 6-3 at the bye, Bowen gave Jim Zorn a B-, the offense a C+ and the kickers an F. I made fun of him at the time, but I think he was right and I was wrong.)

Anyhow, at this point, you might plausibly argue that The Washington Post's coverage has turned relentlessly negative. And the obvious question is, what section is next in line?

Health: "Redskins' Season Taking Harsh Medical Toll on Elderly Fans"

Food: "The Taste of Defeat; The team stinks, and so do the concessions"

Foreign: "Aid Group Says Team's Fans Have Been Tortured, Dispossessed"

Home: "What's Uglier: FedEx Field or Daniel Snyder's House? (Answer: Both)"

Ask Carolyn: "So I'm worried that I might be in an abusive relationship...."

Weather: "Prediction: A decade of clouds and gloom."

Editor's Query: "Tell us about a time when the Redskins did something laughably cruel to your grandmother or great-aunt"

Correction: "A recent story about the Redskins failed to take any shots at the team's miserable performance. We apologize for the omission. Also, they're awful."

Crossword: "Seven down. [Nine to go.]"

In Brief: "Recent Redskins Successes"

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 5, 2009; 9:58 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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It's encouraging though that the writing in KidsPost's slam of the Redskins is not riddled with typos, grammatical errors and incomplete, incoherent thoughts like much of the Post's other content. For instance, Tom Boswell's World Series column on Monday morning which merited ombudsman intervention. Score one for the Post setting a stellar example for today's youth. Hate on the Redskins with every fiber of your being, but get your spelling right when you do it!

Posted by: section309 | November 5, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Some might regard the exposure of our younger generation to the daily debacles at Redskin Park and FEDEX Field as tantamount to child abuse.

Of course, reading the daily excuses and alibis from the likes of Clinton "Bojangles" Portis, Stammering JC17 Campbell and the rest of Ebonics R Us crew can't help much with advancing their language and comprehension skills either.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 5, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Well, it looks like Section117 has been a good shill for the Redskins for so long they have moved him up to the club level (309).

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | November 5, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The more you tighten your grip, Bowen, the more tiny remaining bubbles of optimism will slip through your fingers.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 5, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

You're kind of helping to make Donovan's point aren't you. Putting aside that Danny is a complete boob that has ruined a once terrific franchise, the Post indisputably has an anti-Snyder agenda. It is not even handed on that topic.

Posted by: poguesmahone | November 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

You're kind of helping to make Donovan's point aren't you. Putting aside that Danny is a complete boob that has ruined a once terrific franchise, the Post indisputably has an anti-Snyder agenda. It is not even handed on that topic.

Posted by: poguesmahone | November 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

While that is true, does it really make a difference now when all of American media is piling on? It's fashionable now, like faux-hawks and skinny jeans, lol.

Posted by: walkdwalk | November 5, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, it makes a difference if you believe that media outlets should at least make a pretense of objectivity. I despise Snyder, both as an owner and personally. But the Post's attack machine almost makes him into a sympathetic figure. They don't even pretend to be objective. It is basically get Snyder at all costs. Hardly a responsible position for a major newspaper, although I recognize that being a major newspaper is not now what it once was.

Posted by: poguesmahone | November 5, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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