Thursday, July 23, 2009
In lieu of the NY Post "posting" photos of the infamous Erin Andrews hotel incident, ESPN has decided to ban all NY Post staffers in the immediate future. The Post ran images both online and in print, and the "Leader" did not take to kindly to that. Via Watchdog....
ESPN retaliated Wednesday against the New York Post for its decision to use still images of Erin Andrews from a surreptitiously obtained videotape, banning Post staffers from its various outlets, including its TV networks and 1050 ESPN Radio.As Neil Best points out, the two people most affected are Kevin Kernan and Lenn Robbins, who appear regularly on First Take. There is no word yet on whether other outlets that used similar images, like CBS and FOX, will receive similar bans.
"In light of the New York Post's decision to run graphic photos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, we have decided to stop utilizing Post reporters on any of our outlets," ESPN's senior VP of communications, Chris LaPlaca said.
"Erin was grievously wronged here, and while we understand the Post's decision to cover this as a news story, their running photos obtained in such a fashion went well beyond the boundaries of common decency in the interest of sensationalism. This is not a decision we undertook lightly, but we feel it is an appropriate one."
It is not yet clear where the video was shot or who shot it, but Andrews' attorney has promised legal action against any media outlet that publishes the material.
It has not been determined how long the ban on Post employees will remain in place.
ESPN bans New York Post staffers from its outlets (Watchdog)