NY Post Tops Its Indecency with a Side of Stupidity in Erin Andrews Coverage

The New York Post posted screencaps from the Erin Andrews peephole ↵video today. Don't be shocked, because you shouldn't be. They would ↵also post pictures of me throwing a kitten into a wood chipper, and ↵use the headline "GOODBYE, KITTY: INTERNET QUIPPER TURNS CAT RIPPER ↵WITH CHIPPER." They're America's biggest bastion of unabashed yellow ↵journalism, and have no shame whatsoever about anything. Trying to ↵scold them for using actual screenshots -- illegally obtained ↵screenshots, no less -- is like trying to explain the unsanitary aspects ↵of eating cat feces from a litter box to a Labrador retriever: it ↵neither understands what you are saying, nor does it intend to stop ↵doing what it was designed to do. ↵

↵So, yeah: bad, but not surprising or scoldworthy. (Again: they don't ↵speak "shame.") One thing the Post usually gets right, though, is ↵gossip, which is where the gray dung beetle of papers fails here. From ↵their article on Andrews, which we're not going to link because they ↵have illegally obtained (though censored) nude photos of one ESPN ↵sportscaster whose rights have been violated in the extreme: ↵

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↵⇥It's been speculated that the video was taken in Omaha, ↵⇥Neb., last month while Andrews was covering the College World Series. ↵⇥But the local police department and US Attorney's Office said no ↵⇥reports had been filed with them. ↵
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↵The video has been posted for at least four months, something the Post could have ↵verified with careful internet research requiring full utility in the ↵English language and the ability to read gray lettering. The Post didn't even bother ↵to do the legwork that (following link is to a site considered slightly adult and probably NSFW) Don Chavez did, and when a one-man Boobs 'n ↵Beer site is outdoing your crack team of Manhattanite gossipistas, it might be time to start wondering whether you're even doing the ↵meager amount of salacious, occasionally unethical and altogether ↵trashy amount of work you are undoubtedly overpaid to do. ↵

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↵Oh, and this whole thing is horrible, but you already knew that. If ↵you didn't know that, then I have a proposal for you involving the ↵aforementioned woodchipper, a diving board, some sparklers, and me ↵filming the whole thing while blasting the 1812 Overture from speakers. ↵The Post will love it, trust me. ↵

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↵UPDATE: Evidently the Post wasn't alone in its idiocy today. Both FOX News and CBS aired still shots from the illegal video during morning show segments today, according to MediaMatters.org. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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