Wednesday, August 6, 2008

We apologize humbly to sports editor Jeremy Last

Jeremy Last
Jerusalem Post Sports editor
June 1, 2007 - August 6, 2008?

Jeremy Last has emailed again, this time complain that we haven't given him his due as sports editor of the Jerusalem Post. The man who wrote on his public blog that Post executives were "disgusting, appallingly run cheapskates who threatened him with Sopranos-like tactics (before hastily deleting the entry after our post yesterday) was originally upset becuse we speculated that he and other Jerusalem Post "reporters" relied on the work of Our Man Elli in Israel that has appeared on this site and our voluminous Baseball in Israel archive site for their infrequent and late reports on the international scandal of the Israel Baseball League in their bailywick.

Now however, Jeremy is upset, rightfully so, that we identified him as a Jerusalem Post "sports columnist" (though he did come to our attention for columns he's written) and not "Sports Editor... since June 1, 2007."

For that, offer our sincere and humble apologies.

We didn't realize that Jeremy is the one to blame for the Post's missing out on Israel's biggest sport story since Munich! It's Jeremy, not some anonymous editor who decided, as Jeremy wrote to us, to ignore the IBL story because "we haven't had the resources to do so and it is a nightmare getting hold of anyone involved in the IBL anyway."

Haven't had the resources? Does your paper not have a business reporter? A crime reporter?

Reassign the hacky sack correspondent!

Jeremy's excuse that his sports department didn't cover the IBL story because it was "a nightmare getting hold of anyone" would be a fireable offense in our journalistic world.

And to admit that he did not do the most basic elementary legwork in the 21st century-- a simple Google search-- should be a fireable offense on any mainstream newspaper.

Again: Sorry, Jeremy Last, Sports Editor of The Jerusalem Post since June 1, 2007.

And because you dont want us to use your publicly-posted photos available to anyone doing an, ahem, Google search, we'll use the next closest thing, since most every photo we've found has you with a drink in your hand.

Here are Jeremy's latest comments on our companion site:

"Its amazing how you do your best to make other people look silly without accepting your own mistakes.

"Perhaps its simply a time for a little humility.

"First, please stop calling me 'Jerusalem Post columnist'. I am the Sports Editor of the newspaper, and have been since June 1, 2007.

"Secondly, just accept that I and no one at the newspaper had read your web site before we wrote the stories that you claim had been copied from your web site.

"i know its hard for you to believe, but it is, in fact, the truth.

"Secondly, I never gave you permission to use my photos from facebook or my blog, so please remove them.




Anonymous said...

to be honest, tabloid baby or this blog doesnt come up very high when you search for israel baseball league on google.

Anonymous said...

The post is a national newspaper which covers all sports in israel and all israelis involved in sports. the ibl was unlikely to be its major focus once the league finished. its soccer, basketball and olympics coverage comes first.