The New York Jets have graduated from hapless ne'er-do-wells to full-blown snowball rolling down the mountain, taking out everything in its path. Tonight, the Jets jump-started an ugly dustup between national and local media. Maybe, just maybe, some good can come out of this Jets season: total media cannibalization.
We start with Jason La Canfora. Earlier today, he wrote an article about the frothing beat that covers the Jets, rightly pointing out, among other things, the cognitive dissonance of the "how do you play Mark Sanchez" outrage. Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post took issue and things quickly deteriorated.
@HubbuchNYP believe it or not, its possible to write about Jets without an agenda. might even work at a ridiculous tabloid. try it sometime— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2013
@HubbuchNYP the column is about Rex, try reading it. and I'm no Rex defender. google it next time you watch the Jets stretch expert— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2013
@JasonLaCanfora Ah, insults now. I seem to have touched a nerve by outing your “suck up to the GM by bashing local guys” shtick, tough guy.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) August 29, 2013
@HubbuchNYP Keep this up though, it suits you. Maybe one day Papa Murdoch will let you graduate to the back page! then you'll really make it— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2013
@HubbuchNYP you caught me on a good night. plenty of time to slap you around some more. keep trying to concoct a salient argument— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2013
@HubbuchNYP he turned it down, clown. as I reported. reading clearly not your strong suit. keep trying though. I'll give you one more strike— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2013
@HubbuchNYP I won't mention professionalism with you. you've done a great job on your own making clear there never was a pretense of it— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2013
@HubbuchNYP I'm out. gotta change a diaper. you win. keep championing journalism on the backpage. I can't compete with that— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2013
It'll be interesting to see how this impacts both guys when they step on the field. The NFL season is fast approaching and the last thing CBS or The Post need are distractions like this. It makes you wonder if either has the maturity yet to be the guy. What's more, colleagues won't like having to answer to the constant questions about a sideshow like this. If it keeps up, it could lead to tension in the writer's room.
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