Washington Post reporters stick heads up NFL team president’s butt, call it journalism

Yeah, that about sums it up:

The Washington Post article in question is about the Washington NFL team‘s president, Bruce Allen, and can be summed up thusly:

  • People like sports!
  • Allen is a sports guy, his dad having been Hall of Fame coach George Allen! And a political guy, his brother being former Virginia governor George Allen!
  • His boss, team owner Daniel Snyder, is campaigning for a new stadium that he can point to and brag about — “not the hand-me-down venue he acquired from the estate of the late Jack Kent Cooke” — and needed a guy to spearhead it! You can see where this is going!
  • Fans hate Allen because he fired the team’s popular GM, but he doesn’t hold that against them!
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is friends with both Allen and Snyder!
  • Virginia offers non-union labor!
  • Bruce Allen is shorter than his brother George!

If you’ve managed to keep reading to this point, you’ll have gotten the idea that this is a kid-gloves profile of the team president trying to shake down Virginia for a new stadium, so it should come as no surprise that it concludes with the paragraph quoted by Burneko in his tweet (and elaborated on in a longer Deadspin WTF reaction piece), which makes total journalistic sense if journalism consists of viewing the world entirely through the subject’s eyes. (And assuming Allen drinks his own Kool-Aid.) It’s slightly more surprising that this is co-bylined by the Post’s NFL reporter and its former business editor — it took two people to write this crap, and one of them maybe even knows how money works — but given my past experience with the Post, maybe somebody high up the editorial chain is still determined to buy local sports teams’ PR line about economic benefits of stadiums at all costs.

14 comments on “Washington Post reporters stick heads up NFL team president’s butt, call it journalism

  1. It’s a puff piece, Neil. Calm down. (Which never works, btw. Psychologists say that “calm down” is one of the most assured ways to spike conflict.)

  2. Remember that the Post is now owned by Amazon.com (yeah, I know, that’s not 100% accurate, but neither is the Post).

    Big business supports big business, always.

    • It is not. It’s personally owned by J. Bezos, the current CEO of Amazon, but not by Amazon its self.

        • I figured that was the case, but I’d like jokes to be technically correct. Which honestly is the best kind of correct.

  3. It’ll be fun to read their article about the huge settlement they end up paying to Scot McCloughan.
    “Court finds Allen slandered McCoughan costing team millions but Allen doesn’t hold that against them!”

  4. “An economic engine to the Washington area”? Yep, a better football stadium could put this little Washington burg on the map.

    • I LOVE the idea of a city stuff to the gills with money, probably the second most economically vibrant metro in the country, being driven by a football stadium…

      That couldn’t drive the economy of a 50,000 person rust belt town, much less DC.

  5. The Post has not practiced actual journalism for some time. There are times when it is more of an alternative facts aggregator than anything else.
    Like TMZ, only less user friendly.

    It should be no surprise that it chooses (I assume this was a voluntary decision and not a transaction of some kind) to act as mouthpiece for the wealthy.

    • The Post does some outstanding work, and some that is just garbage. I have no inside information at all, but I get the sense that since Bezos took over, all standards are gone, so loose cannons are ranging all over the place, to both good and bad ends.

      • They lost me for good when they started presenting internal Pentagon memos as being the result of their own investigative journalism.

        Still read George Will though… but not very often.

  6. It’s hard to feel sorry for Virginia being the target of a shake-down when the Governor is asking for it.

    • You know that when the governor of Virginia approves a stadium subsidy, it doesn’t actually come out of his personal bank account, right?