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Sunday, July 26, 2020

How to deal with a hit piece

Clay Travis follows Owen Benjamin's lead in dealing with a Daily Beast hitpiece:
“OutKick recently added Dr. David Chao as a staff writer. Did you ask about the medical lawsuits and six-figure settlements, probations, accusations of “gross negligence” and malpractice, and/or the DUIs prior to hiring him? In the blog post announcing his arrival, why is this information omitted? Did Dr. Chao or someone representing him ask you or anyone at OutKick to exclude that information? Do you feel it’s relevant for your readers to have this information when reading his content?”

Dr. Chao is a licensed doctor in California. Given that he’s licensed to operate on people in this country, I felt comfortable with him writing for an opinion website.

Furthermore, he’s been profiled as an NFL injury expert in the New York Times recently, written for the San Diego Tribune for years prior to joining Outkick, and is cited as an NFL injury expert, thanks to his tenure as team physician of the San Diego Chargers, throughout the Internet.

He’s not remotely controversial.

We believe in the first amendment on this site, writers don’t tell other writers what they can and can’t say. And writers certainly don’t tell the owners of this site what we can and can’t say either.

“Jason Whitlock wrote a column describing Jaden McNeil as a “martyr” who was targeted for tweeting “politically incorrect” jokes about George Floyd. Jaden McNeil is a member of the openly racist “Groyper” movement. He also promotes, works with and praises white nationalists. How and why was this information left out and did you personally edit the column? Are all of the articles on OutKick edited or are staffers allowed to post stories on the site without review?”

I asked Whitlock to respond to this question since the writer didn’t email him directly, but asked me to comment on his column. Enjoy his response.

“Karen, I honestly find this line of questioning racist and emblematic of the systemic racism practiced by busybodies in the white alt-left movement. Let me translate what you just did: “Clay, Mr. White Folks, your negro writer is out of control and published an opinion that upstanding white people disagree with. Discipline and control your negro or we will.”

Karen, I’m a PARTNER at Outkick. Clay is not my overseer. He is my partner. All due respect to Clay, but I am the most accomplished journalist at Outkick. You could argue I’m the most accomplished sports journalist in America.

I’m offended you reached out to Clay and Dr. Chao directly with questions about their work, but in typical Karen fashion chose to report me to Mr. White Folks. Did you question Kansas State president Richard Myers for not mentioning Jaden McNeil’s alleged affiliation to white nationalists in Mr. Myers’ public critique of McNeil? Like 99.99 percent of America, I’ve never heard of the Groyper movement. When I was in college I was attracted to and attended events put on by the Nation of Islam, an organized and well-known black nationalist group.

Kids experiment with dumb shit. Karen, I am the wrong negro for you to be f–king with. Go sit down.”
Of course, this preemptive exposure response is only recommended for those with sizeable audiences. What is different about this sort of hit piece than the usual media inquiry is that it is usually going to be written whether you respond to the individual writing it or not, so preemptive exposure is an opportunity to both undermine the hit piece in advance as well as highlight the elements that the hit piece's author obviously intends to omit.

It will be interesting to see if the Outkick piece, like the Big Bear piece, fails to run after being preemptively exposed.

The very best strategy, of course, is to refer the inquiry to my media relations expert, Pax Dickonson.

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41 Comments:

Blogger Rowan July 26, 2020 8:31 AM  

Karen!

I like this guy. And he’s absolutely right.

Blogger Silent Draco July 26, 2020 9:04 AM  

"Pax Dickonson and the Interview of Doom". Muwuhahaha.

Great column. Always take a flamethrower to a gun fight.

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile July 26, 2020 9:11 AM  

He also promotes, works with and praises white nationalists.

Is that three different sins, or the same one pointlessly repeated by a dimwitted propagandist?

Blogger Owen July 26, 2020 9:17 AM  

Awesome! I have no idea who Jason Whitlock is but now I must know more; “ Karen, I am the wrong negro for you to be f–king with. Go sit down.”

Priceless!

Blogger Doktor Jeep July 26, 2020 9:20 AM  

"Go sit down, Karen".
White women have been shamed into becoming an enemy of the west. They are going to get shamed out of it.
Sad that it takes shame, and not all that agency and sense of justice that it is claimed women have an abundance of.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein July 26, 2020 9:49 AM  

The very best strategy, of course, is to refer the inquiry to my media relations expert, Pax Dickonson.

Helen Waite retired?

Blogger Tars Tarkas July 26, 2020 9:57 AM  

The openly bigoted anti-white meme is perfectly acceptable. It takes a lot of nerve for a member of the demographic shared with black women to talk about a "Karen" The irony is thick.

Blogger Section 8A July 26, 2020 10:00 AM  

Whitlock and Travis have been on fire lately. They're going all out and making a killing. Whitlock is at his best as he's harkening back to his stable school, hardworking lessons under his father, and Christianity.

He's not bending the knee, and this drives the Prometheans crazy.

Blogger tdcommenter July 26, 2020 10:05 AM  

They built their own platform with only paying customers allowed to comment. A quick scan of the comments showed strong support, high morale, and gamma-free.

Blogger Ransom Smith July 26, 2020 10:11 AM  

The very best strategy, of course, is to refer the inquiry to my media relations expert, Pax Dickonson.
His middle fingers surely must be tired by now.

Blogger Unknown July 26, 2020 10:33 AM  

Seriously considering dropping my Athletic subscription in favor of Outkick now.

Blogger JovianStorm July 26, 2020 10:43 AM  

Tell the press to "eat s*** and die and leave out the commas"

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira July 26, 2020 10:58 AM  

Outstanding.

Blogger Pathfinderlight July 26, 2020 11:57 AM  

It's clear that accusations of racism don't resonate with the leftists. That's proof they know deep down the entire concept is a false one.

Former leftists allied to the right now haven't figured that out. They're still calling SJWs out for their racist hate talk wondering why it doesn't work. About the only positive is repeatedly doing this will drive home the disconnect with moderates.

Blogger VD July 26, 2020 12:41 PM  

Tell the press to "eat s*** and die and leave out the commas"

That's retarded. You'll find yourself accused of making death threats like Milo did. You clearly don't know anything at all about the media, so stop telling those who do how they should do it.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 26, 2020 12:54 PM  

TontoBubbaGoldstein wrote:
Helen Waite retired?

After Pax's tour de force, Helen Waite realized she was totally outclassed and slunk away.

Pathfinderlight wrote:It's clear that accusations of racism don't resonate with the leftists. That's proof they know deep down the entire concept is a false one.
I don't think that's right.

The lefties know deep down that the rayciss rhetoric produces the results they want when the cuckservatives hear it. It means nothing to them, except that it's a magic word they can fling at cucks to get their way. Cucks slinging it back doesn't affect them at all.

Rayciss isn't a false concept to the left, it's a magic spell, an effective incantation that they can use against us and we cannot use against them. Nothing false about it!

Blogger "William Berke" July 26, 2020 1:16 PM  

@16 "R...L...ray...c...mag...c...c...C...ray...mag... them... it!"
Stop discriminating against left handed people.

Blogger NewTunesForOldLogos July 26, 2020 1:37 PM  

That was fantastic, and I hope that this trend that started with The Unauthorized goes worldwide.

Blogger BalancedTryteOperators July 26, 2020 2:15 PM  

Racist is just morality (morality = morale-ity = morale) which means it's about team sports and has nothing to do with ethics. Where in the 10 Commandments does it say "Thou shalt not be racist, or an anti-semite, or a Trump supporter"? Who gives an airborne rat's posterior except for people with high levels of morale?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 26, 2020 2:28 PM  

BalancedTryteOperators wrote:Where in the 10 Commandments does it say "Thou shalt not be racist, or an anti-semite, or a Trump supporter"?
Racism is not a sin.
Lying is a sin.
Homophobia is not a sin.
Sodomy is a sin.
Anti-semitism is not a sin.
Anti-Christism is a sin
Patriotism is not a sin.
Treason is a sin.

Blogger tublecane July 26, 2020 2:31 PM  

Ye gods! A "Groyper?" Why, I might consider that notable if I didn't know what one was, or if it were an actual movement.

(Normally I would consider those scare-quotes around Groyper, but I think it may be a tacit admission that, "Yes, it's just an internet meme thing. We know.")

Blogger Rough Carrigan July 26, 2020 2:33 PM  

Pax has an assistant who does most of the actual liaison work with the press, Heywood Jablome.

Blogger Dick July 26, 2020 2:35 PM  

Where is Pax? How I miss him. I know he vanished after Twitter ban, gab fallout, infighting, is he anywhere to be found? I sincerely miss him so much. Guy had the sharpest wit and humor on the web. Looked forward to every post.

Blogger John (not the pope) July 26, 2020 4:41 PM  

Well...if they weren't used to fire & sulphur, Daily Beast would have burn scars. But since they dwell amongst the flaming pit...

Blogger Jad July 26, 2020 4:49 PM  

I'm unfamiliar with Pax Dickinson. Where do I go to learn about this great man's story?

Blogger Sheila4g July 26, 2020 5:23 PM  

I don't make it a habit to have jogger mascots, but I must give full credit to Jason Whitlock here. White women - liberal or faux conservative, churchian or pagan, need to be b$%ch slapped - HARD - and told to shut up and sit down. Remove White women from the Antifa riots and they'd lose about 75% of their hysterical energy. Women really don't belong in public places, and even in traditional situations (home and church) they need to be unquestionably under the control of more responsible and rational men.

Blogger Pathfinderlight July 26, 2020 7:48 PM  

Reminds me of "who bitch dis is!?"

Blogger nswhorse July 26, 2020 8:26 PM  

Jad wrote:I'm unfamiliar with Pax Dickinson. Where do I go to learn about this great man's story?

Google 'Pax Dickinson Rolling Stone' and click on any of the links that comes up. Enjoy.

Blogger JamesB.BKK July 27, 2020 12:47 AM  

Must follow Karen to see who see identifies as other great people there are to read. Lessee, we got Pink, ADL, Karen. Anything else?

Blogger Tars Tarkas July 27, 2020 10:20 AM  

Sheila4g wrote:White women - liberal or faux conservative, churchian or pagan, need to be b$%ch slapped - HARD - and told to shut up and sit down. Remove White women from the Antifa riots and they'd lose about 75% of their hysterical energy. Women really don't belong in public places,

White women need to be put in their place by our men who have their interests at heart, not some African sports writer writer who hates them.

It really surprises me to see so many right wingers going along with the Karen meme. It is explicitly anti-white-woman. It spreads hatred for white women.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 27, 2020 12:03 PM  

Tars Tarkas wrote:White women need to be put in their place by our men who have their interests at heart, not some African sports writer writer who hates them.
Foreigners doing the jobs Americans won't do.

Maybe he'll inspire a few of us to step up to the plate.
Tars Tarkas wrote:It really surprises me to see so many right wingers going along with the Karen meme. It is explicitly anti-white-woman. It spreads hatred for white women.
White women do need to be put in their place, and it is our job to do it. ``Karen'' is pretty effective for those of us who want to step up to that plate.

Blogger "William Berke" July 27, 2020 1:24 PM  

It was nice to read a hit pace on the author of the theory of white fragility yesterday, since myself and writing were used as the subject of her "social research" conducted at a public institution, the heuristics are mineable. I hope you remember me for the rest of your life.

Blogger Damelon Brinn July 27, 2020 2:27 PM  

"Karen" is pretty effective for those of us who want to step up to that plate.

Yes. Regardless of the origin, it's devastating rhetoric. If white men take it over, all the better. No uncool busybody of a woman wants to be identified as an uncool busybody. And if we called them Gladyses after Gladys Kravitz, no one under 50 would know whom we mean.

Plus, while it's a fair point that white men should be disciplining women--and shouldn't have their lives destroyed when they do--in this particular case, her attack on Whitlock was based on the fact that he wasn't being an obedient black pet for the cause. She was calling him an uppity negro, basically. It was something only a black man could respond to, in this context.

Blogger tublecane July 27, 2020 4:08 PM  

@31- I agree. "Karen" is a thing for a reason. It bothers me some that even white men think of it in terms of "white girl bad." Because you know non-white women are in many ways worse. But white women *are* bad, and we have to start somewhere.

I will work on calling out Shanequas and...I don't even know and Mid-East, Indian, East Asian, and Latina equivalents.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 27, 2020 5:52 PM  

Damelon Brinn wrote:She was calling him an uppity negro, basically. It was something only a black man could respond to, in this context.
Totally appropriate for him to respond to her attack.
tublecane wrote:I will work on calling out Shanequas and...
It's not our job to police their women.

If Shitavious can't keep Shaniqua under control, so much the worse for him.

Blogger Darren July 27, 2020 7:36 PM  

Lately his Twitter has been retweeted by a lot of high profile normie accounts. Especially those not even interested in sports.

It's almost like when you speak of the true the good and the beautiful it UNITES people!

Blogger Darren July 27, 2020 7:38 PM  

Sounds like The Religion Of Woke is quite...

Anti-Christ.

Blogger Darren July 27, 2020 7:39 PM  

Read his Wikipedia article.
Then interpret everything said as being the opposite of the truth.
Then research each of those claims at their source :-)

Blogger Darren July 27, 2020 7:42 PM  

" the Karen meme. It is explicitly anti-white-woman. It spreads hatred for white women. "
^ this is a lie. A weak lie spread by legacy media after receiving the handoff from leftist social media who impulsively reacted to its incredible effectiveness.

See also: Karens who claimed Owen Benjamin means "all Jews" when he says "small hats".

Blogger Darren July 27, 2020 7:43 PM  

Heck, forget gender, Dan Crenshaw is a Karen too.

Blogger Akulkis July 27, 2020 9:00 PM  

>> Where is Pax? How I miss him.

That's what Amanda Robb kept saying.

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