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.'"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.
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.
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)