Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason weighed in on a Washington Post reporter’s being called out by Dave Portnoy over a hit piece on the Barstool Sports founder that she was cooking up to allegedly bully sponsors of a pizza festival that he’s hosting this weekend.
This week, Portnoy confronted WaPo food reporter Emily Heil over emails that she had sent out to sponsors of the “One Bite Pizza Festival” in Brooklyn, N.Y. to pressure them into negative reactions to claims that he’s guilty of misogynist behavior, catching the left-wing activist off guard in a recorded call in which he conducted a master class in defusing a media smear.
Esiason discussed the dirty tactics of Heil and her fellow reporter during Friday’s edition of the “Boomer & Gio” radio show, describing her emails as an “absolute, obvious” example of what he called “cancel culture syndrome.”
Esiason argued that Portnoy wouldn’t resort to such sleazeball measures by calling the once venerable newspaper’s advertisers.
“The real question is do you think Dave Portnoy has ever called somebody who’s advertising within the Washington Post and says, ‘Do you know what these people are doing behind the backs of everyone else?'” Esiason said. “It’s a one-way street.’
“This is basically proof positive of what the woke aspect of this world is all about, right there,” added Esiason who, as the NFL’s 1988 MVP, led the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl where the team came up just short of the title when all-time great Joe Montana led the San Francisco 49ers on a late 92-year-old drive for the win.
“I Caught Wind That The Washington Post Was Writing A Hit Piece About Me And My Pizzafest So I Did What I Do. I Went on the Offensive,” Portnoy wrote on X after he sniffed out the smear piece and posted his 11-minute conversation with the squirming reporter to the platform formerly known as Twitter where it went viral.
I Caught Wind That The Washington Post Was Writing A Hit Piece About Me And My Pizzafest So I Did What I Do. I Went on the Offensive pic.twitter.com/5oK2zJqVAs
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 20, 2023
“We are planning to write about the festival and how some of the sponsors and participants have drawn criticism by seeming to associate themselves with Dave Portnoy, who has a history of misogynistic comments and other problematic behavior,” read a screenshot of an email to a sponsor that was posted on the Barstool Sports website.
Portnoy said that Heil later canceled the interview that the two had set up during the phone call with her hit piece being published on Friday where it was torn to shreds by X users in the comments.
“Today marks the official death of honest and fair journalism in America. Emily ‘Caught Red Handed’ Heil and Tim ‘Probably An Ugly Loser’ Carman of the Washington Post put the final nail in the coffin with their weak and dishonest hit piece against David S. Portnoy and his One Bite pizzafest,” Team Portnoy said in a statement that he posted to X on Friday.
For Immediate Release: pic.twitter.com/G7QSlGGnKD
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 23, 2023
“Heil agreed to do a full phone interview with Portnoy at 10 AM the following day, but then decided to cancel it and try to reschedule it for 5 PM,” the statement reads. “Portnoy, knowing a rat when he smells one, declined the postponement knowing it wouldn’t give the publication enough time to give Portnoy a fair shake in the article.”
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