ESPN Bans The New York Post

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.

"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.
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.

ESPN bans New York Post staffers from its outlets (Watchdog)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 10:19 AM


My favorite was the photo that they put a black box over her ass but you could still see half of her crack. Why even use it then?

GMoney said...
Jul 23, 2009, 10:49:00 AM  

I'm sure those guys at the NY Post are really bummed that they don't get to debate Skip Bayless anymore.

Fitty67 said...
Jul 23, 2009, 11:01:00 AM  

Tough to support ESPN's integrity when they ignored a RAPE allegation because the QB accused is in a TV show with Shaq on ABC.

Sean OLeary said...
Jul 23, 2009, 11:02:00 AM  

I don't care if you like ESPN or not, this is beyond journalism this is not right. I feel bad for Erin Andrews she has never done anything but try to be the best reporter.

JeffDLowe said...
Jul 23, 2009, 11:37:00 AM  

ESPN SHOULD have ignored the rape allegations because they were just that... allegations. And it turns out, those allegations appear to be completely BASELESS. I wish more media outlets would wait until an investigation unfolds before rushing to story. I'm sure the Duke Lax players would agree.

CS said...
Jul 23, 2009, 12:39:00 PM  

Youre an idiot Chris. The reporting was that a lawsuit was filed against Ben...that's fact. No one was proclaiming him guilty...if anything, most of the coverage talked about how there was no criminal charges. Only ESPN ignoring it made it a bigger story.

And how do you know the allegations are completely baseless? Are you wearing a Steelers hat right now?

So instead of crucifying the people accused of rape, we're now going after the person who may have been raped. Makes sense to me. Idiot.

Sean OLeary said...
Jul 23, 2009, 4:43:00 PM  
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