Everyone Give Peter King A Hand, He Now Has A Life

01.15.13 4 years ago 86 Comments

KSK’s favorite nuggetologist, Peter King, fielded a question on Twitter today about whether he reads this site’s weekly takedown of his MMQB column. We already knew that PK has read it, because he used to e-mail Drew Magary to complain about how mean the site was being to him. When I ran into Peter at Super Bowl Media Day three years ago, he admitted he still read KSK before refusing to speak with me further. So, yeah, no surprises here.

What we didn’t know is that thanks to KSK, Peter King decided to get a life. AND WHAT A LIFE! No longer is he just a notorious jocksniffer, a Goodell sycophant, an ethically bankrupt journalist who accepts favors for sympathetic coverage and a man who once bragged about stealing a foul ball from a child at a baseball game, but he is also a man with a life. As a life-liver, we underrate Peter King.

I don’t particularly care whether Peter still reads KSK. Even if you consider our criticism of him constructive – I like to think in some cases it is, mostly it is just abusive remarks and inside jokes aimed at an awful writer and his love of coffee-flavored self-indulgence – it is clear that PK is far too obtuse and set in his ways to ever improve his horrible writing or questionable ethics now. PK has the air of someone who thinks that people who can’t namedrop Tony Dungy on a regular basis have anything better to do than obsess over MMQB.

It’s not that we don’t have anything better to do. We simply understand that there’s a market for pointed criticism of influential people who are paid exorbitant sums to be terrible at their job and contemptuous of their audience. To be perfectly honest, I loathe writing Fun With PK. I spend four to five hours every Monday shifting through Peter’s bloated, unreadable column in search of things to mock, not that there are ever a lack of them. There are any number of ways I would rather spend my time. It makes me dread Mondays even more than I normally would. But it’s a feature that I inherited when I took over as full-time editor of this site. Moreover, the feature brings comfort and laughter to people who just don’t want to see the biased and uninformed ramblings (and entitled bitchings) of a writer of undeserved stature go unanswered.

Peter King thinks his readers are idiots and his critics are losers. That’s actually understandable, insofar as the success of Peter King’s career is owed to the failure of journalism to live up to its ideals and to just how far kissing ass can get you in this world. It is only natural that someone who has benefited from those realities would hold in contempt people who expect insight, truth and humility from their media gatekeepers. If you’re not someone who needs to be fluffed in print, you’re nobody. At least nobody with a life.

So fuck you, Peter King. You and your lofty fucking life.

Around The Web

How Keeping Austin Weird Turned Into A Widespread Phenomenon

02.15.17 4 days ago 11 Comments

How Kevin Gates Went From Underground To Platinum In A Year And Changed The Game In The Process

02.02.17 2 weeks ago 6 Comments

Look For The Star: How Starter Jackets Became The Iconic Clothing Of The Early ’90s

01.31.17 3 weeks ago 9 Comments

‘Dream, Try, Do Good’: The Oral History Of ‘Boy Meets World’

01.31.17 3 weeks ago 6 Comments

How Frank Barsalona Created The Modern Rock Concert And Got Himself Into The Hall Of Fame

01.30.17 3 weeks ago

The Story Behind Gus Fring’s Stunningly Explosive Moment On ‘Breaking Bad’

and 01.30.17 3 weeks ago 5 Comments

How Toronto’s Boosie Fade Transformed From A Rap DJ Night Into A Digital Movement

01.12.17 1 month ago

Infiltrating The Bills Mafia To Find Out Why Fans Keep Supporting The NFL’s Most Hopeless Team

01.01.17 2 months ago 8 Comments

From Ray Charles To Jimi Hendrix: How Seattle Helped Create R&B And Rock And Roll

01.01.17 2 months ago 6 Comments

‘Stop Crying And Fight Your Father’: ‘Seinfeld’ Writers Tell How Festivus Came To Be

and 12.23.16 2 months ago 12 Comments

The Lasting Impact Of Adidas Tearaway Pants On Hip-Hop And A Hoops Generation

12.08.16 2 months ago 2 Comments

Understanding The History And The Motivations Behind The Standing Rock Protests

12.02.16 3 months ago 6 Comments

How Do We Combat The Intensifying War On Science?

and 11.30.16 3 months ago 30 Comments

Exploring The Intersection Of Hip-Hop And Social Justice

and 11.30.16 3 months ago

From Near ‘Simpsons’ Spinoff To A Check Against Hollywood Ridiculousness: Why ‘The Critic’ Still Matters

11.29.16 3 months ago 25 Comments

Willie Nelson’s Love Affair With Weed Made Him An Outlaw And A Country Music Revolutionary

11.22.16 3 months ago 2 Comments

How ‘Above The Rim’ Merged Streetball And Hip-Hop To Make A Cautionary Tale About Choices

and 11.18.16 3 months ago 6 Comments

The Story Of The Fugees’ Bitter Breakup And Unforgettable Legacy

11.10.16 3 months ago 13 Comments