October 20, 2003

TMQ no more

POST #    462

***Update: TMQ is back, read more here.***

last week, on easterblogg, gregg easterbrook wrote a about how the movie kill bill was a glorification of violence and that quentin tarantino is a lousy director. in the same column, he criticized miramax, its parent company disney, and the executives at both companies for releasing a movie that glorifies violence. in criticizing the executives at the company, easterbrook said, "Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian and other Hollywood executives who worship money above all else, promoting for profit the adulation of violence. Does that make it right for Jewish executives to worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence? Recent European history alone ought to cause Jewish executives to experience second thoughts about glorifying the killing of the helpless as a fun lifestyle choice." since that post on monday, people have criticized him for what he said. easterbrook has since issued an apology for his choice of words, but it appears the damage has been done. instapundit reports that easterbrook has now lost his job writing for espn.com, where he wrote "tuesday morning quarterback." espn also seems to have deleted all records of easterbrook and his column.

it's unfortunate that espn has fired him for something he wrote, but it looks like they are giving him the same treatment they gave rush limbaugh. the difference is that easterbrook didn't even say these things on espn.com, he just wrote about them on easterblogg. perhaps his comments combined with criticizing anything in the disney family (espn is owned by disney) caused the over-reaction by espn execs. it's a shame that there will be no more TMQ on espn. maybe slate will pick up the column (TMQ was there before espn.com).

and yes, kill bill is an extremely violent movie.

- the original easterblogg entry.
- easterbrook's apology on easterblogg.
- the ny times blurb about it.

Posted by tien mao in Blog-ing at 9:58 AM



What's outrageous is that ESPN has gone 1984 and whitewashed all of TMQ's columns, and even his very existence.

Type "TMQ" or "Easterbrook" in their search bar and it will simply return you to the home page.

At least ESPN could have the courage to explain their decision, as they did with Rush. Truly pathetic.

I would bet that TMQ is the 2nd-most popular column on Page 2 besides the Sports Guy. I hope they lose a lot of page views over this.

Posted by: JK at October 20, 2003 11:30 AM

yeh really. i can believe they fired him (even if they shouldnt) but i cant believe they erased his existence. what a bunch of pussies!

Posted by: rachelleb at October 20, 2003 12:28 PM

FYI - the new republic ran an editorial on the easterbrook situation.

Posted by: tien at October 21, 2003 8:02 AM

This is a very poor situation. TMQ is my favourite column on ESPN.com and I tend to hand around for an hour on a Tuesday waiting for it to be posted. It was clear that something funny was going on as all the previous columns had disappeared. The little curt note is shameful.

Posted by: Alan at October 21, 2003 12:48 PM

today, espn put this small blurb on their site:
"To our readers: Tuesday Morning Quarterback will no longer be available on ESPN.com."

Posted by: tien at October 21, 2003 1:09 PM

That was the only thing good on Page2. I hope CBS.Sportsline.Com hires him to do TMQ just to steal some online readers from ESPN.com

Posted by: Omega at October 21, 2003 1:19 PM

I am hoping that there is a TMQ column written and that it is currently looking for a home.

I am also wondering if all the archives belong to Gregg and so ESPN had to remove them under some form of contractual agreement (or am I being too fair minded?)

So if anyone spots this weeks TMQ column somewhere across cyberspace, can they post its URL please....

Posted by: Alan at October 21, 2003 1:41 PM

what a shock! Eating my lunch at work and waiting for TMQ to be posted and all of this comes to light. I hope another site picks up the feature. Maybe TNR will run it...

Posted by: Michael at October 21, 2003 1:42 PM

What a punch to the gut. I feel like I just lost visitation rights to my child. Give Greg Easterbrook the benefit of the doubt. The only column worth reading on that website belongs to him(since the sports guy made it a part time gig).
Why can't this country just forgive and forget? Greg was wrong, he apologized lets move on and give me my fix of TMQ. I'm going into convulsions.

Posted by: Dan at October 21, 2003 1:57 PM

man, i can't believe this. So the guy made a mistake, said a few things that probally should not have been said. He apologized for it, just let it go! I mean, it's not like he went on TMQ and said it there. What a person does outside of work should have nothing to do with what he does on the job, and he should be free to say whatever the hell he wants outside of TMQ.

TMQ was the only thing i read on espn's page 2, and i enjoy it every tuesday afternoon. It's become my tuesday habit. I'm going to miss it.

Posted by: sean at October 21, 2003 2:20 PM

Tuesday and no TMQ
It is past two PM now
ESPN Blows!!

-- Haiku Ode to TMQ

PS: If anybody finds this weeks column, please post!!

Posted by: Rick Jordan at October 21, 2003 2:23 PM

okay, so I screwed the Haiku up....bottom line, I am confused and angry.....


Posted by: Rick Jordan at October 21, 2003 2:25 PM

Okay, I've corrected:

Where is TMQ
It is past 2 on Tuesday
ESPN Sucks!!

Please post more haikus supporting TMQ (or any pics of scantily-clad cheerleaders).....

Posted by: Rick Jordan at October 21, 2003 2:29 PM

tmq gone,
nary an explanation,
espn sucks ass.

Posted by: jk at October 21, 2003 2:44 PM

two writers from the slate on "easter-gate" - jack shafer and mickey kaus (scroll down for mickey's comments on gregg).

Posted by: tien at October 21, 2003 2:50 PM

Pathetic. That's the only way to describe what has transpired. The rich get richer while the rest of us struggle. Disney and Miramax, the boycott starts now. Your movies, merchandise, products and anything else bearing your name will cease to exist. Let me put it simply. I hope you all go bankrupt and have to live in the slums of NYC.
Anyone know where TMQ is writing, please send to Alston87@aol.com.

Posted by: Pissed Off at October 21, 2003 2:51 PM

i unintentionally copied rick's last line, so I'll try again:

disney snuffs tmq,
readers adrift,
may mickey rot in hell

Posted by: jk at October 21, 2003 2:55 PM

Posted by: tien at October 21, 2003 2:55 PM

To Busy To Do What's Right
Head Up Disney's Ass

Posted by: TMQ Lives On at October 21, 2003 3:05 PM

glad to see this was handled rationally...
erase a man off u're website and all his work...whatever works i guess...it's their right...
But this was not handled well by espn, and neither was the Rush problem...it's true that race and religion are slippery topics to discuss, but are they so off-limits that they cannot be talked about in the workplace or written about, on and in the Internet or anywhere or at a certain place or time, when is it ok?...probably never, cuz certain people always get so easily offended sometimes...i mean, would rush have been fired if he didn't have to go into rehab?...the stuff he said about mcnabb semmed to be a pretext for firing him...
but didn't the TMQ author have a right to express his feelings (and they were not anti-semetic by the way, rather a view on how recent and past events like 911 and the holocaust still don't change the way movies are marketed, but that's because if it bleeds, it leads, or is the #1 movie at the box office for 7 weeks in a row!) on a different website with no affiliation to espn or mention of TMQ?...
NOPE, espn got the order from up top not to address the issue and just make it go away (not sure what that proves?)...
2 bad we can't make kill bill go away
c'mon espn

Posted by: outraged at October 21, 2003 3:09 PM

easterbrook was wrong,
but why kill master online,
of pigskin cheerbabes?

Posted by: tien at October 21, 2003 3:16 PM

I want my TMQ!
PAGE2, where is TMQ?
Killed BY Bill?!

Posted by: outraged at October 21, 2003 3:24 PM

maybe slate will pick it back up - Tuesday Morning Quarterback started at Slate in the fall of 2000.

Posted by: rachelleb at October 21, 2003 3:55 PM

Does Mr. Morning-Quarterback his ownself know of this outpouring of support? More important, do Disney's competitors? I've certainly vented my ire to ESPN, but for me, the bottom line is to make TMQ available. Suggestions? How do we contact TMQ? Can we help make sure the column is still published? (Can we at least make him aware of this site or others like it?)

Posted by: G. Jacobs at October 21, 2003 7:37 PM

well, there was this email address on one of his old columns - tmqespn@yahoo.com and this easterblogg@tnr.com address on his new republic blog.

Posted by: tien at October 21, 2003 7:47 PM

I was also a weekly reader of TMQ - I went to look for it at lunch, and took me a while to find out what happened. Needless to say, I was annoyed at ESPN. But, in their defense, they likely took what they thought was the quickest route to preventing a lawsuit - and unfortunately, (apology by Easterbrook or not) this was the result. I can very easily see someone suing ESPN/Disney for discrimination somehow or another...

I guess on the bright side, is that given the popularity of his articles, he will likely be picked up to write for someone else relatively quickly. Lets hope so, anyway.

Posted by: Brett at October 21, 2003 8:06 PM

Lawsuit? Are you kidding me?

Notwithstanding the fact that the column in question wasn't even published in ESPN, what kind of lawsuit could possibly be filed?

This is a boss firing an employee for criticizing him, and nothing more. Why else would ESPN not even issue a statement, as it did with Rush? Because it is gutless.

Posted by: JK at October 22, 2003 10:49 AM

Any word on TMQ? In the "Easterblog" in the online New Republic, for 10/22/03, he makes no mention of TMQ or ESPN

Posted by: sd at October 22, 2003 6:26 PM

Let's hope si.com picks up TMQ soon!

Posted by: hgloop at October 23, 2003 11:57 AM

for all you TMQ fans, football outsiders is holding a TMQ contest. more info on their site.

Posted by: tien at October 24, 2003 3:00 PM

TMQ seems to have some hope!!

check out football outsiders again.

Posted by: tien at October 24, 2003 4:22 PM

Now that TMQ seems back I can retreat back into hiding, waiting for the next luxurious column to appear and be savored line by line, sip by sip.

Posted by: Greg Becker at October 27, 2003 12:50 PM

TMQ fans rejoice:


Now, I can resume my life...

Posted by: Creighton Rabs at November 30, 2003 11:30 PM

yes, we can all resume our lives now. i did another post about tmq coming back, but it wasn't linked from this page. that's corrected now.

Posted by: tien at November 30, 2003 11:37 PM

Where the hell is TMQ? Disney lost the best column on ESPN.com.I hope Disney loses money and Mickey mouse dies.Goodbye Disney. Hello TimeWarner,I'm boycotting the Mouse Company and making AOL,Sports Illustrated,CNN, and the rest of AOLTimeWarner look good until Disney realizes they made me pissed.I'm suffering from Non-TMQitis.ESPN, rott in hell!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: am watson at January 21, 2004 6:55 PM

Posted by: tien at January 21, 2004 10:31 PM

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