Thursday, May 1, 2008

Is John Dellapina a Total Jerk?

1) We hate staying on the same story, but this one gets more bizarre by the hour. As we wrote in yesterday's blog, we felt the Daily News' original article that not so subtly implicated Sean Avery's life style with his medical condition was 100% libel if proven it was factually incorrect. As we have no basis to believe otherwise we have to take the information we know as the facts. If the News had done likewise they wouldn't now be in trouble with us and many others in the hockey/journalistic community.

2) So today instead of ignoring their original article or better yet retracting/apologizing for it today one of the writers of the story John Dellapina, the Ranger's beat writer for the News made this amazingly colossal asshole-like statement:

Dellapina writes:
For all those from other media outlets and newspapers who have sarcastically dismissed our initial web story about Sean Avery's hospitalization since the Rangers refuted it Wednesday afternoon, I wonder: Was your initial reaction that the story couldn't have been correct or did you simply race up to the MSG Training Center to get player reaction? And, did you call the hospital and/or Avery's representatives to get the real story or did your "reporting" simply consist of taking the team's word for what happened? Fortunately, the intrepid men an women of the press who have exposed baseball's steroid problems didn't similarly regurgitate what they were told by people who understandably want their businesses viewed as beyond reproach.

3) Is Dellapina sticking by his assertion that Avery did come to the hospital in cardiac arrest/unconscious? Obviously this is rather easily proven one way or the other. Cleverly Dellapina doesn't outright say the original story is false or true, but instead attacks anyone who dared to believe otherwise.

4) We also find it rich that he cites the press as being the ones who "exposed baseball's steroid problems". This is beyond imbecilic as to cause a huge LOL. So the press exposed the steroid problems huh, Johnny boy? If they had exposed it/written about it when it first started to occur regularly we would have known about it 10-20 years sooner! Too many of your beloved "press" turned the other way when they knew full well what was going on. They didn't want to alienate the players who they needed for quotes, etc. It was Jose Canseco who by and large blew the doors off the steroid issue with his book that named names. Of course why allow facts to get in the way of a good story, huh John?

5) Lets look at this from his angle then. IF the Rangers and Avery ARE hiding the truth why didn't the Daily News stick to its original story and not take it down from its web site? Why doesn't Dellapina tell us exactly what he was told and when. Come on John, tell us the truth why don't ya! This could be the hockey's version of WaterGate with such a great 'Cover-up' Maybe there are some tapes that were erased? Where's Deep Throat when ya need him! LOL Come on John, inquiring minds want to know!


Antzmarching said...

How Clinton-esque! Ignore the allegations and/or facts and attack the attacker... How can a lifestyle choice translate into an ON-ICE injury such as the one Avery sustained? There is no journalistic integrity to this story, and Dellapina knows it...


1) Dellapina as far as we know didn't have a bad reputation until this incident. Certainly our ranger readers would know better if this were incorrect.
2) We could have understood the original article may have only been partly written by him, but today's nonsensical retort makes that mute.
3) He apparently is fine with last night's libelous report linking Avery's alleged life style foibles with his hospitalization. Shame on you John!

Jintzie said...

Hiya fellas. I have to admit i was a big daily news reader back when i was living in the city area. It sounds like its gone down hill since I got out of town
Anyways faux what did you think of my boys staying alive last night? Think we have a shot?

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