Hearne: The Making of a Myth; Whitlock’s $2.1 Million Fantasy Paycheck

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19 Responses to Hearne: The Making of a Myth; Whitlock’s $2.1 Million Fantasy Paycheck

  1. Anonymous says:

    H, I like reading your stuff, but you are coming off a bit obsessed about Lumpy’s paycheck.
    HC: But gee Wally, the New York Times messed this one up. In fact, that’s what the story is about. A lame blogger rumor finding it’s unsubstantiated way into one the nation’s leading bastions of journalism

  2. Anonymous says:

    They also reported the recession is over.

  3. Anonymous says:

    hearne….is there a problem you have with
    whitlock? You are obssesed with him and the
    star.Release the anger…they cut you off for
    financial reasons…move on for gods sake.
    Theremust be a grudge you have against him…
    who cares what he makes…he was huge during his
    time in kc…top writer…and now he’s publikshed
    nationally…good for him…
    HC: Thanks jojo. Take four Viagra and call me in the mourning

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why not stick with hard-hitting stuff like Lezak’s forecast?
    HC: Why not!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Glenn Beck
    Please change the name of this site to AngryWhiteMen.com. How much more whining can Hearne, Hall and Glazer do about Whitlock’s salary? How embarrassing. Just scream N-word, kick your dog and move on already.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Steve Vockrodt

    Since you and others (particularly Fitzpatrick) were so concerned about the Star not being transparent about what was going on with Whitlock while he was not writing for the paper, will you do the Star one better and explain to us why Joe Miller hasn’t written anything on this site for weeks? I had really looked forward to his contributions to this site and it probably the best writer in your stable, but haven’t seen anything from him in some time. I thought he was supposed to be on every Monday?
    HC: Gladly. He’s on vacation. No, actually he’s in back to school mode, working to become a college professor. You may see him here from time to time but I miss him too.

  7. Anonymous says:

    There would be twice as many people pissing and moaning if there wasn’t any news about Whitlock. Not interested, don’t read it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Rufus Dawes
    Quoting Bob Moore about how much money Whitlock is making. That’s like quoting Ahmadinejad about what he thinks of Israel.
    HC: Let’s see, here we have a guy who dealt with major media at the highest levels for 20 years or more and was talking to another established Fox guy about it in town when the bogus rumor sallied forth. Nice shot though.

  9. Anonymous says:


  10. Anonymous says:

    What the blogger and the Ny Times didn’t say was that $1.8 million of it is payable in Burger King coupons
    HC: Funny, that’s exactly how the staff at KCC is paid

  11. Anonymous says:

    The fact this story made into the NYT is exactly why it is NOT a LEADING BASTION of journalism. The only way this coulda been sweeter was if Jayson Blair wrote the story. Track down Frenchy Sulzberger III in town and see what his take is? Technically Whitlock is on “his turf”.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great job Hearne. No doubt half those whiny comments above are from the load himself under false names.
    Gee, shocking that Jay Dud didn’t correct the gray lady on their colossal error. After all, Jay Dud is all about speaking “truth to power” right?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Markus Aurelius
    Wow, I can’t believe so many of the above posts didn’t get the (scary) point of the story. Namely, that an unsubstantiated (rather, disputed and refuted) claim from a no-name blogger can, with the help of poor (Nick Wright) and lackadaisical (Joseph Plambeck) journalism result in said claim making it’s way into one of the most highly regarded newspapers, the New York Times. This is an indictment of the Times as much as anything. (Nobody really expects Nick Wright to be a real sports journalist.)

    The claim itself (ie – Whitlock’s salary) is immaterial to the discussion so long as the claim is material, which it was.

    This article by Hearne does 2 things – First, it shows the danger of relying on some bloggers (Joel Thorman) for news information. Second, it shows the real value that other bloggers (Hearne) provide in ferreting out the truth.

    Well done.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Burman Dinstow
    Lame reporting and sourcing all around. NYT has most egg on face because it still has a good reputation. The $2.1 million deal never passed the smell test, and was shot down by whitlock himself within hours of its first report.
    It’s fun to speculate about how much Whitlock is or is not making. But throughout all of this, there have been no FACTS to report. That is also true of this KCC post. Third-hand hearsay via Bob Moore carries no more weight than the original blog posting by Plambeck.
    HC: Guess you missed our reporting on exactly what Whitlock was asked and stated by Lisec. Took some reporting to get that as pretty much everybody on the radio or who read anything outside of KCC missed that. Plambeck did not post this as a blog, it was a news story and we used our reporting to unmask that he cited no sourcing yet went with unsubstantiated blogger blather. Moore was one-on-one with someone from Fox who said it was bogus. Did you miss the point of the story? I think so.

  15. Anonymous says:

    What ever he makes, it is too much.

    That said Hearne, if I (Or most folks, I’ll wager.) didn’t like, or detested the man for some reason, I would sure as hell use this vehicle for a pound of flesh served cold.

    Nothing like the smell of vicious invective, border line calumny, vitriol, personal vendettas and character assassination in the morning.

    Someday this war is gonna end Hearne. In the mean time, sow those Carthage fields with salt in case that large black man decides to come back.

    HEARNE: *Looking over his KC Confidential staff, hard at work, cowed down in front of their monitors.* “Thats the smell of victory men! Surf or fight! Whitlock don’t surf!”

    KCC STAFF: …

    HEARNE: *Even louder* “Whitlock don’t surf!!!”

    GLAZER: “I’m gettin some blow.”

    HERNE: “The horror…the horror…
    HC: You OK, Chuck? Lie down for awhile and you’ll feel better.

  16. Anonymous says:

    mike loburgio
    thought you might like some photshop pics of whitlock i found on deadspin. http://deadspin.com/5644089/the-winner-of-the-jason-whitlock-photoshop-contest-has-been-decided-gallery/gallery/

  17. Anonymous says:

    Burman Dinstow
    Repeating what Jason told Leif Lisec (I saw it, too) on a television interview about his Fox salary being exaggerated really does not fall under the umbrella of original and tenacious reporting. That being said, it’s the only item that is in the vicinity of a FACT, because Jason said it himself…still, the lack of specificity didn’t really move the story forward very much. But thanks for watching and serving up sloppy seconds, Hearne.
    And what an unnamed Fox writer who may or may not have any idea about the arrangement his company has with Whitlock (because I’m sure all the writers know what all the other writers are being paid) told Bob Moore who told you is not a shining example of nailing down the story. So until there’s something substantive to report on Whitlock’s compensation, I’ll have to go on living with the anxiety of not knowing how much coin Jason has in his pockets. Unless he hits me up personally for a loan, I’ll have to assume he’s making ends meet.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Jim Fitzpatrick
    Thanks, Mike. Those are some, funny creative photo illustrations.

    Markus: Thank you for taking the time to express, for the edification of some of the less reflective commenters, exactly what Hearne was doing. Often, as you implicitly suggest, it helps to read and think, rather than read and immediately allow the knee to jerk.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This was fun.

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