The Washington Post Takes Unnecessary Shot in Marty Schottenheimer’s Obituary

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The national press is made up of the worst type of Americans: untrustworthy, thin-skinned, and mediocre. And the worst publication of them all, The Washington Post, keeps getting worse.

Tuesday, some unwitty, mindless hack employed by Jeff Bezos opted to take a shot at Marty Schottenheimer in his — wait for it — obituary.

The outlet deemed America’s second-most prestigious newspaper (behind The New York Times, which is also terrible) issued the following headline for Schottenheimer’s obituary:

Well, isn’t that unnecessary.

The Post quickly tweaked the headline, but the damage to what’s left of its reputation was already done.

It must have really hurt them to make that change.

It might be time for The Washington Post to leave sports coverage behind. Last week, the paper argued that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers embody Tampa’s love of pirates, which is a major problem. A week before that, the outlet wrote an incredibly disingenuous, misleading puff piece about an ESPN personality that seemed as if the personality had ghostwritten the PR piece himself. The new week is here, and The Washington Post is still unbearable.

Rest in peace, Marty Schottenheimer, and as always, if you are looking for news, don’t go to a “news” outlet.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

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    • Broncos fan with huge respect for Marty. He lived in Denver for a while before he coached in the NFL, and about as much of a standup guy that ever lived. A couple of breaks and his coaching history looks totally different. Averaged 10 wins a year.

  1. As a man who grew up reading the now-COMPOST faithfully as a young boy, *especially* their sports section (I was a devout consumer and devourer of the articles and columns of Mr. Tony K, Wilbon and Thomas Boswell, amongst other talented writers…also, their STYLE/ARTS section in the 80’s and 90’s was truly unparalleled in arts journalism), this story pains me.

    I swore off the COMPOST several years ago. Their sports coverage starting around, say, the return of JOE GIBBS to the POTATOE SKINS back in early 2004, began to grow condescending and nauseating. Their repulsive tone of (sports) journalism, along similarly-nauseating personalities populating DC-are AM & FM sports-radio stations, hastened my active loathing of virtually *all* DC-area sports teams (including some teams that I used to *worship* i.e. the POTATOE SKINS and MARYLAND TURTLES (my pejorative ‘slur’ for the Terrapins). Even the one and only DC-based team that I love, the CAPS, if I only read about them thru the prism of the COMPOST, I would probably turn on them, also.

    The late SHIRLEY POVICH (Maury’s dad…He wrote for the POST for so long that he covered WALTER JOHNSON, I believe) is probably disturbed in his final resting place right now. Or, perhaps not; SP was progressive for his time and was likely considered ‘woke’ during his era (SP would – justifiably – lambaste the SKINS and their ‘racist’ owner, George Preston Marshall, for not employing black players. SP wrote a line about Jim Brown ‘integrating the end zone three times’ in a game against the SKINS as a dig to Marshall’s stubborn attitudes).

    Ultimately, this story justifies my decision to abandon the COMPOST.

    Farewell, Coach Schottenheimer

  2. If Marty Shottenhiemer was black – rest assured it would be a glowing article. But of course it’s revenge season on the white male.

    We won’t be holding our breath for: “Lovie Smith, man who failed to win super bowl XLI as Chicago Bears head coach, passes away.”

  3. Well, Bud Grant and Marv Levy get knocked for not winning the Super Bowl. Here’s the thing about Marty: You can’t “wilt” in the postseason if you don’t get there first. And his teams were as close to locks to make the playoffs as any coach.

    Great coach, beloved in San Diego – chasing him out of town was just one more disaster by the Spanos family (who also chased Don Coryell and Bobby Ross out of town).

  4. The problem with journalism today is all writers have forgot the fundamentals — Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Just the story. No opinions. Every story has become an opinion piece. You can read the writer’s leftism in every sentence. Leave the opinions on the editorial page and stop making up stories. Report the news. We don’t give a crap what you think.

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