Tony Kornheiser, Hannah Storm Debacle Adds to ESPN PR Woes

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In light of all the news on ESPN personnel in the last months, it seems like someone there would issue a memo to all on air employees or something. Comments from the network’s Pardon the Interruption co-host Tony Kornheiser led to his suspension today.


Kornheiser basically criticized ESPN anchor Hannah Storm’s wardrobe, calling it “horrifying”, adding her tight skirt looked like a “sausage casing”. I guess this was a bid for ESPN’s upcoming “big mouth” contest? Go figure.

Kornheiser evidently has something lined up at another network, because his rant seems to have gone on, and on referring to Storm’s age referencing her skirt saying; her (Storm’s) “Catholic school plaid skirt” was “way too short for somebody” her age.

Of course Kornheiser subsequently apologized to Storm on air. The length of his suspension have not be released, but he failed to appear on PTI Monday as part of his suspension. Steve Phillips, racist comments, peephole video, blabbermouth anchors? If ESPN mouthpieces keep it up there will be room for anyone on one of the world’s favorite sports networks? With Steve Phillips and Tiger Woods in sex addiction therapy, will Tony be forced to eat a bar of soap?

What’s the world coming to? I know a couple of ESPN execs and both are superlative professionals? It seems like sport has gone to the brains of the spokespeople on the air though. Hey, if you guys need someone who can act like a gentleman, knows sports, wants to share the events with people? Well, I would need a voice coach maybe? This is this week’s PR sports goofy.

Comments

  1. Dan says

    Fair enough Phil….I have looked at your other work and i retract my negative comments at the end.I appreciate no one reacts to insults but you must expect that on the internet, especially a strongly opinionated blog. Have a nice night and thanks for your response.

    • Phil Butler says

      Dan, Thanks so much for taking the time. Not just because you reevaluated my stuff, but because your actions are both uncommon and exemplary. Even if you had taken the time and found me lacking, this is what everyone should do. Sadly, we all have so little time or inclination, or both. We do have strong opinions, and we expect to provoke thought and response. I am just a stickler for the form of the response I guess. Still, we are all prone to break even our own rules sometimes. I am sorry for my part, really.

      Thanks again, very much.

      Always,
      Phil

  2. Marcus says

    Question marks go at the end of interrogative sentences, not declarative sentences.

    I read your blog entry and didn’t understand a lot of what you were saying. After seeing that comment, I went back up and looked at it, and saw how you slaughtered numerous grammar rules.

    Your cavalier attitude about someone rightfully calling you out on your grammar is one good reason why blogs are not taken seriously as media.

    • Mihaela Lica says

      Marcus, I reserved the editorial right to delete the link to your site. I hope you understand why. If you don’t, let me make light for you: it’s your job. Clear and fair enough? Don’t go around offending people to pull an English teaching gig. It’s not good mojo.

    • Phil Butler says

      Marcus, These things are sometimes subjective obviously. I do not ordinarily use what is termed “the journalistic style” but I do take some license with grammar from time to time. In this particular instance “I guess this was a bid for ESPN’s upcoming “big mouth” contest?” The question mark was used to suggest “should we not all question?” plus inflecting the incongruity of the idea. Perhaps this was wrong, at least for an English professor or even student.

      As for “the righteousness” of the grammar police? Well, I guess that depends on one’s focus. I actually like it when people point these things out, it helps me. But, the way in which people do things is what is important to me. Focusing on minor grammar or spelling points, when one is trying to convey a larger issue – I hope you see my point. We were taught in college to write things as if we were speaking to idiots basically. I do not think of people in this way, and maybe this is wrong. Maybe I do expect too much?

      You see, I love the writing but not because of the form. The conveyance of ideas is my gig. As you point out though, I am not always the best at doing this for any number of reasons (not unlike any other underpaid writer). A news site is about the news and the editorial, not so much about the art. We are here to reveal news and provoke thought and ideas. I assure you, of we were here to micro-analyze every pixel which represents a part of speech, we would more than likely excel at that.

      Thanks for your contribution, we respect everyone’s opinion. I hope I explained myself decently.

      Always,
      Phil

  3. Dan says

    Hey Phil,
    I’m sorry but Geddy Lee is right. Although I appreciate the hypocrisy of misspelling words in a post complaining about just that, the poor grammar, spelling and punctuation in your article made it difficult to understand your point in certain sentences. Considering you can easily edit a blog post I don’t understand why you wouldn’t just make the changes rather than rip into the the first(and only, before me) commenter? Then again you aren’t really a PR guy at all, you’re experience is all relative to computers and search engines….the most truly un-personal relating things possible so why am I even reading your opinion. Enjoy your crappy blog with your two unimpressed readers.

    • Phil Butler says

      Hi Dan, Sorry to be short and blunt. Other issues got under my skin. No writer always gets their point across to every reader. If you look into what I have covered you will find a great deal more editorial than tech stuff of late. But, that is another matter. I am not reacting to insults well today. How is that for transparency?

      Always,
      Phil

  4. Jeffrey Mayne says

    Phil, it is apparent that Geddy Lee is some kind of jobless English Teacher who has nothing better to do than point out spelling mistakes online to a stranger. But Even responding to him is kind of bush leauge. You have a job and I’m willing to bet he doesn’t (no matter what he says to that). Thanks for the info, keep up the good work and in the future just ignore dumb ass people!

    • Phil Butler says

      Hi Jeffrey, All I can say is; “Praise be to hold Hannah for one sane soul on the Internet tonight.” I try to respond as much as I can to people. I believe people really need places to say their piece, even if it is at my expense sometimes. I reserve the right to cut them to ribbons if I am so inclined too, but I was in a funny mood when that person took the time to just be mean.

      If I commented on the NYT or Huffington or any of the hundreds of sources I read, every time someone goofed? Holy Toledo! Thanks for your compliment, and I am really glad you found some value in that post. ESPN has some great people working for them, I know some of them. I just find it crazy that so many “talkers” are being paid to goof up like this.

      Again, thanks so much for the kind words, they are so rare no matter who you write for.

      Always,
      Phil

  5. Geddy Lee says

    I hope that English is not your first language. I’ve seen some poorly written things on the internet, but that is truly embarrissing.

    • Phil Butler says

      Geddy Lee, I made a B+ in English, but it was an easy Ivy League school. I make typos too in case you noticed that. Oh, by the way, you misspelled embarrassing my friend. You should take up blogging.

      Always,
      Phil