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The Dodgers' overzealous media relations department strikes again

Feb 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

You’ll recall that last month I passed on a rumor I heard that Frank McCourt planned to sell the Dodgers once the divorce stuff is all settled.  Upon posting it, the Dodgers Thought Police called me, demanding a retraction and calling me irresponsible.

Which was fine. I figured I had simply hit a nerve — the divorce is obviously a sensitive subject — but apparently the Dodgers’ media people just have thin-skin.  As evidence I give you two tweets from the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez. First:

The Dodgers have kicked reporters out of their main building and are forcing them to write in the stadium pressbox . . .


Dodgers PR questioned my use of the term “kicked out” in a previous tweet. I want to clarify: We were “relocated”

Orwell once called unclear prose a “contagion” designed to “make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Perhaps the Dodgers’ policing of the way in which people characterize their actions in random tweets doesn’t raise such Orwellian concerns, but they nonetheless need to lighten the hell up.

  1. Dan in Katonah - Feb 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    In the words of the immortal Sgt. Hulka, … oh never mind.

  2. Front Office - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Instead of “lighten the hell up,” could you please change that to “keep the train full speed ahead! Think Blue in 2010!” ?
    Do not not change this.

  3. Karlean - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Yes I think you should change this, 2.
    PS. WKWUL!

  4. Preston - Feb 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    This is too bad. The Dodgers were actually pretty progressive in some of their PR stuff last year, giving some blogs a press pass on a rotating basis. But we should at least look on the bright side – if anyone should be censored Big Brother-style, it’s Bill Plaschke.

  5. CharlieH - Feb 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    I AGREE , him and possibly a few others. I believe Orwell was talking about sports reporters.

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