Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
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Here's your daily link to Dave McKenna's brilliant "Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," which we'll be posting until Snyder's dumbass libel suit defoliates like a sapling doused with Agent Orange. Today we also offer you a profile of McKenna from by Jon Fine:

It's clear that McKenna cares not a whit about making the sort of moves that would net him a bigger and better-paying megaphone at other media outlets. (This was a once-common attitude back when every major city boasted one or more healthy "alternative" weeklies, but its incidence among writers has shrunk as such newspapers have.) His work reflects that, and reveals McKenna to be a sui generis sports polymath. In his weekly columns and even on his more frequent blog entries, he shows little interest in the standard what-happened and what's-gonna-happen modes of present-day sportswriting….McKenna's distance from that which obsesses the big names of sportswriting and the shouting heads of ESPN leads one former target to place him in a particular cultural context. "He's a great, little, independent film," says Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins.


This is spot on. I know McKenna somewhat. He has no allegiance to corporate overlords, no need to trade amiable coverage for access. He is exactly the kind of reporter we need in sports journalism. Great little independent films, unfortunately, are not the kind of fare a mass entertainer like Snyder could ever appreciate. His tastes lean more toward abominations of this and this nature (both produced by Snyder's Dick Clark Productions).

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