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The Blue Checks Are Coming for Adam Schefter Over Decade-Old Email

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The NFL seized over 650,000 emails during an investigation of the Washington Football Team, and leaks from the search have already ruined Jon Gruden’s career. Now, the story turns to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Emails show that in July of 2011, Schefter sent a copy of an unpublished story to then-Washington GM Bruce Allen, asking Allen for feedback about a story Schefter had written concerning the NFL lockout.

“Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked,” Schefter wrote to Allen, as noted by the Los Angeles Times. “Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Plan to file this to espn about 6 am ….”

In other words ten years ago, Schefter sent an unpublished report to Allen, whom he called “Mr. Editor,” and gave him the opportunity to make editorial changes. So, Schefter made a questionable decision. In 2011.

After the email leaked to the press on Monday, ESPN released the following statement to the LA Times:

“Without sharing all the specifics of the reporter’s process for a story from 10 years ago during the NFL lockout, we believe that nothing is more important to Adam and ESPN than providing fans the most accurate, fair and complete story.”

Making a mistake is not allowed in journalism, according to his peers. Such media puppets on the Left follow a religion that states that those who do not behave perfectly all the time must pay for all their past transgressions, no matter how small or how long ago. If you make a mistake and the woke hear about it, they will come for you. 

Unless, of course, you are one of them. And to know who is on this team, you only have to log into Twitter. Look at the quote tweets:

Today, online journalists are outraged over Schefter’s email. That’s right: the same industry that does not practice ethical journalism condemns Schefter for his lack of journalistic integrity.

Does this now mean that all angry blue checks will release their private emails from the past decade? Sure, Jan.

And as we all know, these media figures who are so furious today have also likely allowed sources to edit their work at some point in their careers.

But professed outrage is how they protect themselves. It’s how this all works.

Somewhere, some pathetic beta male in sports media just asked himself, “If I call for Schefter’s job, the New York Times won’t look into my Instagram DMs last week, right?” 

So what’s the end game here? Should ESPN fire Schefter? Should Schefter issue a fake apology?

The answer is there is no end game — there never is. The people coming for Schefter need a target to survive. They need someone to deflect attention away from their own past. To them, their vile tweets are a shield against the mob.

Adam Schefter should not be proud of his email. And I’m sure he is not. But ask yourself, what does all this say about those who are so outraged over a benign email a stranger sent 10 years ago?

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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    • Yeah, I’m confused about this too. Worst case he sent the story to Bruce Allen for permission to avoid potentially burning bridges. If it’s just to make sure he had all the facts right I don’t see what the problem is… From what I’m reading there looks to be some “plausible deniability”.

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