Richard Sandomir gets all media meta in a column today about Randy Levine (Well, Nick, Sandomir is a media critic. That’s his job, idiot. Oh… you’re right, Nick.). The unpopular Levine thinks some of the criticism levelled at him– specifically by Mike and the Angry Puppy, Tom Verducci and John Kruk–is tainted by their relationships with principal players in the story.
For one thing, Francesa and Russo have reason to dislike Levine because, as a YES board member, he has called into question whether their show is worth being picked up by the network. Verducci and Torre wrote a book together ten years ago. And Jon Kruk
is Jon Kruk shares the same agent as Torre. All of these pundits were especially scathing in their criticism of Yankees management after the failed negotiations. Levine thinks that their conflicts of interest colored their analysis and that they should have discosed this information to the public. Sandomir wonders about the ethical issues in each case. Then he discloses that Randy Levine once did a big favor for him a few years ago. And we are left wondering if the article was even worth reading.
Okay, Levine has explained away four of his critics. How about the countless others in the media?