Mort Sorry He Said Talking to Him Is a “Privilege”

It’s been suggested in the past that ESPN has a slightly askew sense of proportion when it comes to its own place in the news. To wit: it can often seem to consumers that ESPN is the monolith and you don’t know Jack Manure unless you walk up and touch one of its many incessantly cross-promoted facets.

Chris Mortensen, ESPN

Of course, it would really help squelch that image of the Worldwide Leader if their prized NFL reporter, Chris Mortensen, would avoid emotionally charged late-night emails to the AP when questioned about his journalistic methods (say, not contacting the Raiders for comment on a story) that state, in part, “… the Raiders have lost the privilege with me of running stories past them for comment.”

Someone’s getting his own bullet point in the ombudsman’s column sometime in 2009… oooooooh…

To their credit, ran the story mostly unchanged from the AP version, complete with Mort’s “elaboration”/”clarification”.  (Okay, so they changed that part.)

Upon further review, I should not have qualified any potential communication with the Raiders as a “privilege”.  I’d say they have repeatedly diminished and discouraged efforts to reach out for an official comment based on the repeated denials of prior stories. It also would be an assumption on their part that I have not had any contact with the Raiders while reporting on this story.

This has been Tuffy reporting for SPORTSbyBROOKS. Please be sure to tune in tomorrow morning for SPORTSbyBROOKS Speed Read, where the sports stars of the day will be humorously lambasted for your benefit.  Also, stay tuned tonight for SPORTSbyBROOKS’ new documentary, “SPORTSbyBROOKS Invented the Internet and It’s a Privilege for You to Use It So Don’t Go Readin’ Any of Those Other Web Sites”.

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