If you don’t follow the Avs, or check out Kukla’s Korner every so often, you may not know who Adrian Dater is. But if you follow the hockey blogging community, you have probably read his stuff. He is the Colorado Avalanche beat writer and blogger for the Denver Post (the newspaper that is still standing in Denver).
Unless you have an RSS feed reader, and unless it was picking up the feed for the Denver Post’s Colorado Avalanche blog, All Things Avs, you may not have seen Dater’s post about NBA basketball. Mr. Dater has stated that he is not a fan of the NBA, which is fine. I’m not a basketball fan myself (although shooting hoops is fun). But then, at the end of his post, he makes it clear that there are other things he does not care for:
The announcers were awful. Some female was doing the color. Sorry, I’m a chauvinist on this one. How many women play in the NBA? Zero you say? Oh. So why is a woman doing the color analysis for the game?
Wow. Some female? That’s quite a statement.
And while I have placed a link to the original article here, you will be a little disappointed when you click on it. The post is no longer there. Here is the link that was in my RSS reader. Go ahead, click on it. The blog post doesn’t exist anymore.
Here is a screen shot of the article from my RSS reader:
And a screen cap of the original quote that sparked my interest:
There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don’t think I have to spell it out. And considering how fast it was taken down (much like his ESPN rant), I’m guessing others at the Post feel the same.
This is a quote from the Denver Post’s Ethics Policy Blogging section:
Nothing may be published under the Denver Post name, or on its internet sites, unless it has gone through an editing and/or approval process. While blogs are more often written in an informal and personal style, everything that is posted to a blog must be factual and fair. Maliciously and inaccurately attacking private citizens or public officials is prohibited, and any criticism of public officials needs to meet the same standards of fairness as in print.
So this post made it past editorial approval, and was then taken down?
I wanted some version of confirmation that this post was online at some point, since I don’t have a screen cap of the original. A Google Blog Search for Adrian Dater came up with this:
So I guess that’s confirmed.
I emailed Dater to get his take on the post, and while he did respond, he didn’t want to talk about it. I don’t feel comfortable putting the text of that email online, since I did not ask his permission to post it for public consumption.
I have placed calls to the Denver Post sports department, but have not heard back from anyone in editorial. To be fair, they are not scheduled to be in until Monday early afternoon. As soon as I hear back from them, or get a call through to an editor, I will update the blog with what they have to say.
Your thoughts are welcome in the comments.