Red Zebra's Snyder Rips 'Competitor' Wash Post For Critical Coverage
August 21, 2008 at 3:48 PM (PT)
In an interview with the WALL STREET JOURNAL, RED ZEBRA BROADCASTING and WASHINGTON REDSKINS owner DANIEL SNYDER takes a shot at the WASHINGTON POST for raising the question of whether his ownership will use newly-acquired Sports WTEM-A (ESPN 980)/WASHINGTON as a "propaganda tool for the REDSKINS."
SNYDER responded to the JOURNAL's question by saying, "It's actually just the WASHINGTON POST. We have a problem in this marketplace with our local newspaper. There's a monopoly. I have no problems saying that. They have been losing circulation by the droves, losing advertising by the pound load and they are desperate to create controversy. They had a WASHINGTON POST radio business at the time (BONNEVILLE Talk WTWP-A-F [WASHINGTON POST RADIO], later Talk WWWT-A-F [3WT], soon-to-be FEDERAL NEWS RADIO) -- it's since gone out of business -- that was a competitor. We did write them a letter saying obviously you're a competitor, so don't use your newspaper to affect the business. Other than them, you won't find any of that type of talk."
Responding to SNYDER's comments, POST Executive Editor LEONARD DOWNIE, JR. told the JOURNAL, "Our coverage is always independent of both outside interests ... and independent of other businesses that the WASHINGTON POST owns. Our readers expect that of us."