Kornheiser Officially Takes Buyout From The Washington Post

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

As much as I bash Tony Kornheiser for his MNF nonsense, this is actually a sad day for us DC folks. I, like many others, grew up reading Tony in the Post covering everything from Sports to his family and extremely enjoyed it. DC Sports Bog has the details of the announcement on his radio show....

"All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper writer," he said, which is likely not something that anyone under the age of 30 will ever say again. "This other stuff is great, but I don't care about it," he continued. "In my mind that's what it says on the headstone, it says 'newspaper guy.'"

But he also said he signed the papers to take the Post's buyout last night, after working here for, I believe, 29 years. He said he still might contract with The Post to do his Talking Points videos and his Page 2 excerpts, and he said some people in the leadership asked him to stay but didn't really insist, and even though he'll keep doing PTI and the radio show and MNF, he said he feared he'd never have the moral high ground again.
There are more quotes at DCSB, but I think that snippet summed it up best. It's crazy in the Newspaper World with all of these "Champions of Industry" taking buyouts, and you never want to see someone lose the one thing they love the most, but let's be honest here.....Kornheiser barely wrote for the paper anymore. This is definitely a tough day for him, but everyone saw it coming for quite some time.

The Washington Post's Sports Section in the 90s was unbeatable, and it's sad to see it disintegrate author by author. Some are still there but it just isn't the same.

Kornheiser Takes Buyout (DC Sports Bog)
The Post Is Looking To Buy Out Kornheiser (Awful Announcing)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:51 AM


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Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 11:31:00 AM  

Great, now he can devote more time to game prep.

He should be 1.25% more funnier this year.

hollywood wags said...
May 14, 2008, 11:42:00 AM  

wags, he can devote more time to his fantasy team and inform all the viewers about their progress.

GMoney said...
May 14, 2008, 11:52:00 AM  

Are Wilbon, Shapiro, and Marc Fisher far behind?

Bruce said...
May 14, 2008, 1:07:00 PM  

I think Shapiro took the buyout a couple years ago. He writes a .com column on media and does some golf stuff in the paper, but not much.

odessasteps said...
May 14, 2008, 1:33:00 PM  

Contrary to some of my friends, I like Kornheiser, but don't get to hear him or read his stuff as much as before.

BTW, this is my first comment here, and I enjoy your site.

jaybirdms said...
May 14, 2008, 4:34:00 PM  

Hey jaybirdms you can hear his show on www.thiswebsitestinks.com from 8 AMto 10 AM ET, or you can subscribe to the iTunes podcast which is updated everyday with the full show without the commercials.

I love his radio show. He's very funny and his show focuses on a wide range of topics.

ifiok2567 said...
May 14, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

I despise him. A guy who doesn't watch any games doesn't deserve his own TV show and a spot in the MNF booth.

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May 15, 2008, 3:15:00 AM  

Sounds like crocodile tears to me -the guy put in less than one per cent into his newspaper column over the years, mostly regurgitating things he'd already said elsewhere. Break me a freakin' give.

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