Journalism World Forms Like Voltron, Tweets Defense Of ESPN Reporter Who Was Accused Of Trading Sex For Scoops
Jake ODonnell 10:23 am, September 03rd, 2015
It's one thing to be accused of something you never did, but it's an entirely different beast getting accused of doing something when you've made a career out of doing the exact opposite. That's what appears to have happened to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, the intrepid reporter tirelessly covering the smoldering garbage fire that is the Washington football team (and getting shamed in the process).
Wednesday night, Washington GM Scot McCloughan's wife Jessica tweeted (then deleted) some pretty serious stuff about Russini's relationship with her husband.
Washington's P.R. czar Tony Wylie valiantly tried to pass of the account as a fake, which it very clearly wasn't, only to have Jessica McCloughan apologize through the team, confirming that his initial assertion was either incorrect (at least) or an outright lie (at worst). Deadspin has been seeking an explanation for this inconsistency since Wednesday evening, publishing their confusing correspondence with the effusive Wylie here.
To insinuate that Russini traded sex for access is to deny her reputation in the industry as a particularly diligent, savvy NFL reporter. Not only does it make her look bad to even be connected to such a ridiculous story in the first place, but it devalues the work she's done to get the scoops (like the RGIII-benching and DeSean Jackson-to-Washington stories) that SHOULD define her career.
ESPN, as well as many of her colleagues throughout the journalism world, have voiced their support over Twitter, attesting to her credibility and integrity as a journalist.
ESPN comment on Washington issue: “Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments. We are obviously extremely disappointed by today’s developments.”
I'm disappointed in what Scot McCloughan's wife tweeted because she reinforced a trashy stereotype about female sports journalists