Richard Deitsch is one of the preeminent media reporters in the country, and he’s actually one of my most important follows on Twitter. His Monday column for SI.com is a must-read, both for the news he reports and for the standout stories he aggregates from the week before. In our chat, we talk about what it’s like to cover an Olympic Games, how difficult it used to be to get a byline in Sports Illustrated when he was coming up the ranks, and whether he worries about burning bridges as a media reporter/critic.
Plus, we get into the Twitter wars he’s had with such luminaries as ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis, and Jason Whitlock. Basically: other than entertainment — and my god, it is entertaining — what’s the point? Also, Deitsch explains why he hopes never, ever to write a screed.
Interviewed on 3-9-14
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Deitsch and I talked about his path from SI fact-checker to SI media star, and in, some ways, it’s a similar journey to that of John Walters. Who happened to be the guest of MTTS episode No. 25. Which you can listen to right here.