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Date Posted: 11:05:25 12/20/15 Sun
Author: Bull E. Winkle
Subject: Biertempfel threatens blogger?

Wow what's going on with our neighbors over at Clark Building? Anyone see this from a well known local blogger about Trib baseball beat writer Rob Biertempfel threatening him over some alleged scoop?

https://zacharymweisssite.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/bullying-will-not-be-tolerated-by-biertempfel-trib/

This is whacked out if true. All Biertempfel has ever done in his career is what he accuses this kid of doing, which is waiting for someone else to break a story then claiming it for himself a few minutes later. How convenient.

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Sniffer, 21:09:43 12/20/15 Sun [1]

Well known? Self deprecating.

No excuse for stealing quotes at any outlet.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Unsure, 05:22:16 12/21/15 Mon [1]

I'm unsure which post I dislike more: The whiny original or the fraud coming on here perpetrating public outrage.

Everyone's sick of bloggers stealing stuff. You're busted, whiny Zach.

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[> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Inquiring mind, 19:55:56 06/17/16 Fri [1]

So was this ever resolved? Anyone know?

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[> [> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Zac A. Tac, 07:11:59 06/28/16 Tue [1]

It sure sounds like it might be resolved in the worst way!

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Media Man, 09:59:41 12/21/15 Mon [1]

Why automatically assume this is true? Biertempfel has credibility and is respected among baseball writers. Sounds more like DK letting his peeps do the dirty work. Again, doesn't care about colatteral damage.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Blogger, 01:24:30 05/09/16 Mon [1]

Whatever came of this anyway?? Did the blogger file suit or something???

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Toughen Up, 15:40:31 12/21/15 Mon [1]

Hey, Blogger Kid: If you legitimately had the story, stand up for yourself. Don't worry about extending an olive branch and getting along with everybody. It's not going to happen anyway.

If you leaned on Biertempfel's info, then own up to that and resolve to do better.

This has always been a competitive business. I want to get a story before you do. If you steal my story and try to pass it off as your own, then I'm going to be angry and I'm going to tell you about it. Nothing wrong with that.

We are NOT all in this together when it comes to competing for stories. One of the problems with inexperienced people is they don't know how to cover a beat and don't know how to navigate the competitive nature of chasing stories.

If you had it first, stand up and say so. If you borrowed someone else's info, you deserve to have your butt handed to you.

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Gimme a break, 16:27:56 12/21/15 Mon [1]

So this kid has the story, but can't post it anywhere, yet he manages to do so conveniently just a couple of minutes after Biertempfel does?
He really expects us to believe that? If he's as "dedicated" as he claims, he'd be taking a bathroom break so that he can go post something short online.
Plus, he even admits to "accidentally" stealing Biertempfel's stuff earlier.
Seriously, this is the kind of people that Dejan has working for him. The inmates are running the asylum. Well, actually, from the top down, it's just a morass of craziness.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Self-Important wackjobs, 21:56:48 12/22/15 Tue [1]

The reason the Trib Sports guys and DK are always at odds is because they are exactly the same - self-important, paranoid and so thin-skinned it is an embarrassment to the profession.

They deserve each other and Dejan is no different than any of the people, like Rossi, he is constantly crusading against.

A great example is Dejan the other night had another "DK SPORTS EXCLUSIVE" (a word he uses far too often and apparently does not understand what it means) he was advertising on Twitter -- which is funny because his "DK PITTSBURGH EXCLUSIVE" was from a post-game press conference that 20 other reporters were present for....

Then he got called out by some Canadian hockey writer and of course, had to lash out and bring up some nonsense from years ago as a means to discredit the person who had the audacity to call him on his BS.

And he is out there always ripping Biertempfel for stealing other people's stuff and making up sources -- which is exactly the same thing Biertempfel is accusing this kid of doing......

Again, when you exist in a world where you really believe you are both important and relevant, reality is a tough thing to deal with.

Dejan was a perfect Trib Guy and frankly he runs blog as if he is still taking marching orders from Ole Schmitty....

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[> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- mbobcat1990, 12:53:22 12/23/15 Wed [1]

This was a great reply.
DK's lashing out was pretty sad and embarrassing. But these days DK has a ton of minions who will just defend him to the hilt. All hoping they'll get their pictures posted on twitter and DK 3 stars... pretty pathetic.

And I agree with one the other posts here... Zac's whiny reasoning was tough to take. Grow up guy. The world is a tough place....

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Scaifegoat, 19:48:27 01/02/16 Sat [1]

I'm wondering has anyone heard if Biertempfel was reprimanded for this by the Trib? I never heard of someone threatening to sue someone with private Twitter messages. That's some pretty unprofessional behavior. Is TTM really OK with this?

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Media Man, 07:28:40 01/03/16 Sun [1]

Reprimand him for WHAT??? because a grown adult accused him of "cyber bullying?" Reread the blog. Biertempfel was the wronged party. The kid admitted to using one of his quotes without credit in an earlier article. The kid SAYS the Puerto Rico story was his....but why believe him? Bieretempfel had every right to ask him who his source was.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Why discipline him?, 10:26:47 01/03/16 Sun [1]

So basically you believe everything this kid said. I assume you even bought into the story that the kid had the scoop first but couldn't get somewhere to post it until just after Biertempfel posted it.
Remember, there are two sides to a story. You're only getting one, and one that you shouldn't so easily buy into.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Here's the thing...., 16:51:54 01/03/16 Sun [1]

You're assuming this blogger is telling the truth.

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Keeping It Real, 14:16:36 01/04/16 Mon [1]

I wish I had the words to express how much this doesn't matter to anyone other than Biertempfel and the blogger.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Realer still, 15:03:30 01/04/16 Mon [1]

Totally agree!! Biertempfel couldn't possibly be less relevant in this market even after what ten or fifteen years on a major beat? Who cares about him or this blogger or any of this? Nuff said!!

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- But it SHOULD matter, 18:35:21 01/04/16 Mon [1]

If you're in journalism, it's the blogger like that kid that's killing the industry. People that don't know the rules or care about the rules, that take journalists' work and make it their own, and no one cares.

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[> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Uh, not quite..., 12:21:03 01/05/16 Tue [1]

"If you're in journalism, it's the blogger like that kid that's killing the industry."

Uh, not even close. The newspaper industry's refusal to adapt to the internet in the 1990s and then the decision to give away most of its content for free until just recently - after the public had gotten used to free content - is what's killing the industry.

There have been plagiarists for decades. News aggregation, which is what many bloggers do, doesn't exist without news creation.

Blaming the newspaper death spiral on bloggers is shortsighted and ignorant. Executives who had no clue about the internet and refused to monetize content carry a far bigger share of the blame.

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Incredulous, 11:26:32 01/05/16 Tue [1]

I doubt many here have ever read much work from this "well-known blogger" (which is good, for everyone's sake) but I'm sure most have read DKoPS. Read a few of this blogger's posts and compare it to anything DKoPS has written and the voice, if not the true author, behind the post should be readily apparent.
It's another one of DKoPS' ploys to drum up support and further the narrative that the Tribune-Review is the big, bad bully.
There's a part of this that should make everyone pity this blogger because's he's being sacrificed to drum up support for DKoPS. If anyone was "bullying" anyone here, it's not the newspaper. But this blogger is content to enjoy his 15 minutes in the spotlight because he hasn't had a single second in it before. In the meantime, he's being used and doesn't understand that.
Once DKoPS finds another prism through which to cast negative light on the Tribune-Review and paint his "little operation" in godly hues, the blogger will once again become a non-entity. Despite whatever's tweeted/written/said, that Duquesne coverage DKoPS is NOT paying said blogger for (whose work no one should pay for to begin with) isn't crucial to the operation. In fact, aside from DKoPS, Josh Yohe and Jason Mackey, no one else on that staff produces content worth paying for. If anything, DKoPS should be commended for getting his "lunatics" to pay for that. Go up and down that staff. There's a reason these people didn't have legitimate jobs before.
By the way, anyone who perceives this blogger to have any professionalism or credibility as a journalist should take a look at his Facebook or Instagram accounts. He's a joke and a terrible journalist, which indicates there's no depth DKoPS won't sink to.
The most pressing, long-term issue is that DKoPS has nothing holding him or his employees to any sort of professional ethics, such that he's able to take this blogger who stole content from the Tribune-Review and many other writers (MEANING HE DID SOMETHING VERY WRONG) and spin it to curry favor/subscriptions while slinging mud at other media members.
The blogger admitted he included quotes in stories without attributing where they came from. It's one thing to not even report the stories on one's own, but the blogger also stole quotes. That's wrong. The Tribune-Review broke the Puerto Rico story and the blogger posted about it as if it was his. That's wrong. Yet this story has been turned around by DKoPS to make someone who did something wrong on multiple occasions, and knew exactly what he did, look like the hero while one of the many media members he stole content from is apparently the villain? Come on.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Blocked By DK, 07:29:59 01/06/16 Wed [1]

This blogger kid and the whole program of their bad college coverage (honestly they'd be better off leaving college alone than this mess of unpaid intern kids) was set up by that Gajtka guy if I remember right. He's nothing but a stats nerd blogger himself and wouldn't know quality writing it he tripped over it.

Considering DK's previous wars against Pirates bloggers I'm surprised he has elevated MG to such high levels on his site. That said, DK's previous wars against Pirates bloggers made sense... Some of those guys don't actually know crap about baseball but just crave twitter relevance and followers while aggregating other news.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- I wish there was a like button on here, 08:21:51 01/06/16 Wed [1]

Perfectly encapsulates everything about this. And Dejan had more of a hand in writing that "account" of what "really" happened that you realize.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Media Man, 08:29:25 01/06/16 Wed [1]

Couldn't agree more! DK mays as well have served this unwitting blogger/kid up on a spit. DK does not care about colatteral damage. And he's just throwing crap out there that he knows his loonies will buy. It's a great image to market: The Rogue Reporter taking on the Establishment. And DK is taking full advantage. Why not just produce your content and provide commentary-shouldn't that be enough? Or is that not enough to attract the attention of twitter users who want to feel part of the whole thing and rush to DKs defense with some lamebrained tough guy comments?

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Just Sayin', 12:35:16 01/06/16 Wed [1]

This whole debate has been interesting and by all means let it continue. It is, however, starting to sound like the ongoing battle over Mark Madden taking place over on the Pittsburgh Radio-TV Discussion Forum. Not saying the dialogue over DK shouldn't be going on here, but it's easy to wonder if a sorry egotripper like him is worth all this space, same as Madden.

Both are legends in their own mind, and you'll never change that. As for the blogger, some are effective and talented; others are wannabes looking for attention (and maybe a job).

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Rorschach, 22:02:05 02/05/16 Fri [1]

I see that young Zach Weiss was the only reporters in town covering the Duchesses' win the other night at Palumbo Center. Looks like he's doing okay for himself despite all this.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Money Man, 09:41:59 02/06/16 Sat [1]

Ask Dejan how much he's paying Zach to cover Duquesne.
You would be surprised by the (lack of) sum.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Line that Pulitzer up now..., 10:55:17 02/06/16 Sat [1]

I'm not even sure who the Duchesses are. If you're trying to be clever, you're just as clever as Zach. And seriously, touting exclusive coverage of a women's basketball game? Really? Man, the only thing that could top that is the exclusive Zach had that he couldn't step away from his desk to post before Biertempfel did...oh, wait.

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[> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Media Man, 07:45:25 02/07/16 Sun [1]

Yeah, bragging about the fact that he's got an intern covering college women's hoops game. Love to see the site traffice that brings in, bet the advertisers are just scooping those up. Hey DK, how well are you covering HS sports? oh, that's right...

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[> [> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- All Clowns, 13:01:39 02/10/16 Wed [1]

Dejan has certainly become a circus act with all of his way over the top, silly hyerbole about how he and his band of $5-per-hour hacks are reinventing the wheel.

He acts as if their overwritten, trite, super fan boy "hot takes" and nonsensical baseball writer geek boy stats are cutting edge, when really all they do is take up a lot of cyberspace and use a lot of words.

However, in terms of being thin skinned and self important and way overrating just how much the sports landscape needs him or even cares about him -- is he really any different than guys like Rossi, Cook or even Biertempfel?

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Granddaddy of Them All, 20:06:18 01/02/17 Mon [1]



Biertempfel spent the majority of the Rose Bowl trolling and arguing with Pitt fans. What editor considers this kind of behavior on social media acceptable?

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Right Wing Rob, 16:15:31 01/03/17 Tue [1]

The same editors that don't care that he relentlessly gives his political views on Facebook 24/7.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- A Casual Observer, 05:47:11 01/04/17 Wed [1]

I actually didn't find much of what he said that offensive; he was just engaging with Pitt fans who were giving it to him equally.

DK also got in on the act; appropriating the exchanges for his own ego.

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[> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Granddaddy of them All, 12:06:44 01/05/17 Thu [1]

I know it's Twitter. And those aforementioned people - Dunlap in particular - gets grilled on these boards every time he engages in nonsense like this. And should you really be using you work Twitter for trolling?

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[> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Hypocritical, 08:01:23 01/08/17 Sun [1]

It was interesting how DK pointed it out but doesn't seem to mind Tim benz's constant trolling of penn state fans

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[> [> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Jacob, 16:57:57 01/08/17 Sun [1]

Tim Benz is constantly trolling period.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Blocked Lunatic Subscriber, 13:03:59 01/14/17 Sat [1]

DK does nothing but troll the Pirates Front Office and blocks anyone who calls him out on it.

Remember when sports writers tried to report the story instead of be the story?

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- AllEgo, 07:43:20 02/08/17 Wed [1]

Everything is always all about DK. If you notice most of his meetups are when other writers are out of town.

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[> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- Ticketed, 10:52:01 02/04/17 Sat [1]

I wonder if the Trib will travel with the Pirates full time. Very expensive proposition.

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[> [> Re: Biertempfel threatens blogger? -- A Casual Observer, 06:37:07 02/06/17 Mon [1]

That's an excellent question. If I had to guess, I would say that they would for most series on the east coast. Anything west of St. Louis is a toss-up.

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