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After Lawsuit for Smearing Young Football Fan, Deadspin Lays Off Its Entire Staff

After falsely accusing a child of wearing blackface, woke sports blog Deadspin sees its entire staff laid off as the company transitions to new ownership.

Deadspin, a sports blog known for its left-wing slant, has met its downfall following a defamation lawsuit spurred by an article that smeared a young Kansas City Chiefs fan. The controversy began last year when Deadspin published a piece accusing a 9-year-old boy of wearing “blackface” because he wore red and black face paint along with a Native American headdress at a game. The child, who has Native American heritage, became the center of an unjust and baseless attack that not only misrepresented his intentions but also disrespected his heritage. His family’s subsequent lawsuit against Deadspin for defamation underscored the gravity of the blog’s reckless journalism.

The recent announcement of Deadspin’s entire staff being laid off comes after the blog’s parent company, G/O Media, sold it to Lineup Publishing. According to G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller, the new owners have decided to part ways with the existing staff to rebuild a team that aligns with their editorial vision, marking a significant shift in the blog’s direction. This move indicates a reckoning for Deadspin, whose controversial coverage and biased reporting have long been a subject of criticism among conservative circles.

Deadspin’s attempt to target the NFL for its supposed “checkered history on race” backfired spectacularly, revealing the blog’s eagerness to exploit sensitive issues for clicks without due regard for the individuals involved. The editors’ later attempt to backtrack by updating the story and changing its headline to remove any references to the young fan was too little, too late. The damage had been done, not only to the child and his family but also to Deadspin’s credibility as a media outlet.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the perils of agenda-driven journalism that prioritizes sensationalism over truth and fairness. Deadspin’s downfall should be a wake-up call to other media outlets that engage in similar practices. The public’s patience for biased reporting and character assassination is wearing thin, and the consequences, as Deadspin has learned, can be severe.

Moreover, the episode highlights the need for media outlets to exercise greater responsibility and integrity in their reporting, especially when covering sensitive cultural and racial issues. Misrepresenting a child’s expression of his heritage as something insidious not only harms the individual but also perpetuates misunderstanding and division. It’s time for the media to prioritize accuracy, fairness, and respect in their coverage, rather than using individuals as pawns in their political narratives.

Deadspin’s purchase and mass layoff mark the end of an era for the sports blog, but it also opens up the conversation about the future of sports journalism. The new owners’ decision to rebuild Deadspin with a different editorial vision suggests a potential shift away from the kind of coverage that led to its downfall. As the sports media landscape continues to evolve, one can only hope that this incident will lead to a more responsible and respectful approach to journalism, one that honors the diversity of fans and athletes alike without resorting to divisive tactics.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.