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KSK Blogger Fired by WaPo

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Hot and Rickety, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Hot and Rickety

    Hot and Rickety New Member

    Michael Tunison, who I think wrote for the Post's Metro staff, apparently was fired after outing himself as one of the Kissing Suzy Kolber crew (he's Christmas Ape).

    http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/2008/04/update-ape-got-dooced.html

    FishbowlDC probably didn't help his cause by spreading the word:

    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/news_notes/postie_likes_to_post_solo_drunk_shots_82459.asp

    Fishbowl also is reporting that he's been let go.
     
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I knew when he outed himself over on KSK a few days ago that it wouldn't end well. Still, that sucks.
     
  3. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    A number of SportsJournalists.commers love to bash bloggers, as if "blogging" was a monolith and all bloggers think, act and write the same way. And yet here's a trained professional journalist who managed -- at least for a while -- to write for one of the nation's best newspapers AND one of the Internet's raunchiest sports blogs.

    Turns the "mom's basement" cliche on its ear a bit, no?
     
  4. VJ

    VJ Member

    So it turns out he's just horribly stupid instead of unqualified. Gotcha.
     
  5. Soccer15211

    Soccer15211 New Member

    I'm just waiting for Tom Petty to stop by and say the reason KSK is so successful is BECAUSE one of the writers is a "trained journalist."

    Not entirely sure what he's "unqualified" for, but...um...he kind of worked for one of the largest newspapers in the country. He has also stated that he will be making the same (if not more) salary now that they sold their blog. So yeah, not having to deal with all you assholes every day and getting stuck as the real-life Veronica Corningstone...sucks horribly.
     
  6. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    VJ said he was stupid, not unqualified.
     
  7. Soccer15211

    Soccer15211 New Member

    Small Town....I apparently can't read today. Got to stop drinking.
     
  8. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    It's sort of unclear to me how the Post was able to just up and fire him. It's a guild paper. Presumably he was in the guild. Seems like it would be fairly easy to grieve, unless he was violating the terms of his employment by writing for an outside source without getting approval. Even still, I'm not sure the Post could fire him that easily, especially if their reason was that he "appeared to be drunk in a picture on the internet."
     
  9. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    In the same way that every fortune cookie is funnier when you add the phrase "in bed", the Guild approves all firings accurately accompanied by the clause "with a furry."

    So "appeared to be drunk in a picture on the internet with a furry" meets all Guild standards for termination.
     
  10. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing the WaPo's reasoning was he was doing outside work without the paper's knowledge or consent.

    Sucks for Tunison, but I'm guessing he knew it was likely to happen once he outed himself.
     
  11. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    I'm hearing now that he quit instead of going through the long process of being fired.
     
  12. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    You don't get escorted out by security when you quit of your own choosing.
     
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