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August 27, 2008

Star Sports Columnist Quits, Stating "Newspapers Are Dead" and Can't Compete with Web
Update: Spin by Hissy-Fit Artist?


In a bombshell announcement in the world of sports journalism, star columnist Jay Mariotti has abruptly resigned from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mariotti told CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker that he decided to quit after covering the Olympics in Beijing because newspapers are in serious trouble, and he did not want to go down with the ship.

"It's been a tremendous experience, but I'm going to be honest with you, the profession is dying,'' Mariotti said. "I don't think either paper [Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune] is going to survive.

"To showcase your work ... you need a stellar website and if a newspaper doesn't have that, you can't be stuck in the 20th century with your old newspaper.''

Some bitchy don't-let-the-door-hit-ya-where-the-good-Lord-split-ya from the spurned paper then follows.

Hissy Fit? JeffB. says it's bullshit, citing Deadspin.

Details are beginning to trickle in on Jay Mariotti's sudden resignation from the Land of Newsprint, and it's pretty much what you would expect: Jay quitting in a hissy fit over a perceived slight. According to two reliable sources, Mariotti, just back from Beijing, wanted to write a column on Barack Obama. But it wasn't Jay's turn to write — it was Rick Telander's — and Telander also wanted to write on Obama. And we know how Mariotti feels about Rick. Sun-Times says no, Jay, wait your turn.

So he had a hissy fit and quit.

Eh, well, either way: The story proves the media sucks.

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