Dept. of Dragging Things Out: Ape Responds

04.18.08 10 years ago 52 Comments

An apology to our regular readers. I don’t want to make this whole situation anymore protracted than it need be. But I feel the need to respond to a few things.

First: that my getting fired from The Post was some sort of publicity stunt. It was not. While it is true that I was interested in leaving my job, I had applied to other positions within The Post and was not interested in being fired.

My intention for revealing my identity touched upon something the newspaper, all newspapers, hold dear: full disclosure. A lot of KSK’s content involves taking shots at other writers (Bill Simmons, Peter King, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon, etc.) and doing so anonymously is all well and good until you build a considerable audience and start getting paid to do it.

Second: this story from Editor & Publisher, which takes pains to detail The Post’s position on employee conduct, but notes at the end that I could not be reached for comment. I could not be reached because no attempt was made to contact me.

I sent this e-mail to the writer, Joe Strupp:

“Mr. Strupp:

Kindly explain to me what effort you made to contact me for this piece.

I’m not difficult to find. My email is posted on my blog, to which you linked in your story. I’m sure someone at The Post, who you made sure to reach, could have even supplied you with my phone number.

This is journalism at its laziest and it’s a testament to why I’m glad to be out of that profession.”

He replied:

“My apologies, I did not see an e-mail on your blog, but my mistake. I also tried to find a home number, but could not. Post folks would not give your number.

If you want to offer comment, I may be able to add it in.”

I appreciate the apology. But even if he is able to add my comments to the story, the majority of the people who are going to read it already have, so here are my comments in full:

“There was no conflict of interest between my writing for Kissing Suzy Kolber and my work for The Washington Post. The blog is not a journalistic endeavor and it is not something I was paid for until I revealed my identity. It is a humor blog about the NFL, whereas my job for the paper was to cover local news in a suburban county outside Washington, D.C. It is beat that has nothing to do with a professional football league.

I also find it troubling that I was summarily fired for engaging in something that is core to the spirit of The Washington Post: full disclosure. Even if editors had a problem with the language used in the blog, they should have been able to respect that my goal was not to defame The Post, but to be forthcoming with my readers.”

There you have it.

Again, sorry regular readers. The Romenesko crowd can go fuck themselves.

/dick joke

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