Yeah, that about sums it up:
— Albert Burneko (@AlbertBurneko) April 24, 2017
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.