Yesterday, news dropped that Jason Whitlock was about to make Mike Wise, an oldish white Washington Post columnist and proud champion of liberal causes, his second official "black Grantland" hire. That's interesting not just because of what he is—this is supposed to be a site bursting with young, up-and-coming…
So, there's some news today regarding Jason Whitlock's ESPN website, which at least at one point was supposed to be a "black Grantland." First, it's still a thing that is happening. Second, Whitlock's close to signing his second official hire: Washington Post columnist Mike Wise.
Washington Post columnist Mike Wise was in the Indiana Pacers' locker room before tonight's game against the Wizards, and he could not believe the music they listened to these days.
Mike Wise is a sports columnist for the Washington Post, which means he has to write about bad teams and bad executives and bad coaches and bad players. (He's perhaps best known around these parts for a high-profile Twitter stunt in 2010, in which he made up news about Ben Roethlisberger's impending suspension.) And…
This morning Wise announced his monthlong suspension from the Washington Post for his fake Twitter "scoop" that was intended to sucker other outlets into publishing it. In the end, his failing wasn't underestimating the media, but rather misunderstanding the medium.
Wise made up some news this morning. Just hours later he bragged about how he can get people to print anything, and how he increased his Twitter followers. His bosses sent out a little note, warning him to cut that shit out.
Mike Wise of the Washington Post "broke" the news that Ben Roethlisberger's suspension would be 5 games. After no one took the bait, he went on the radio to explain how he was just trying to show "anybody will print anything."