Redskins and Orioles joined at the hip when it comes to matters of media treatment

December 10, 2013 | Drew Forrester

They’re only separated by 45 miles, but they might as well be living in the same room and sharing a bunk bed.

For starters, THIS PIECE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST is a must-read for anyone who follows sports and monitors the daily happenings of their favorite local team.

And, here’s a fun game to play when you’re reading the piece:  Anywhere you see the word “Redskins”, just substitute the word “Orioles”.

You get the picture.

It’s a shame the newspaper in Baltimore hasn’t devoted their time to publishing a story on the reprehensible way the Orioles have treated their “non-partners” over the last half-a-decade or so.

At least the Post has a set of stones.

I’ve said this over and over about the Ravens, but it always bears repeating on the occasion someone (usually me) questions the Orioles and their media/PR policies.

The Ravens absolutely give preferential treatment to their broadcast partners, namely WBAL Radio/TV and Comcast SportsNet.

They should do that.

But, the Ravens don’t pull any of the bush-league stunts the Orioles do once that treatment has been handed out and they’ve fairly given their media partners a head start on things.

You hear a Raven football player live on the radio every single day of the week in Baltimore during the season.


The Ravens have somehow figured out a way to accomodate every single media outlet in town who wants them.

The Orioles have somehow figured out a way to alienate every single media outlet in town who wants them — except the ones who pay them.

Read that Washington Post story and tell me it’s not a shocking “replica” of the sort of stuff that has happened in Baltimore with the Orioles.

Stories changed because the Redskins didn’t like what was written.

Sort of like what happened this past week when The Sun got phone calls from the Orioles after the newspaper published a story about Peter Angelos and his fingerprints on the franchise’s 2013-2014 off-season.

It’s remarkable how identical the Redskins and Orioles are…and the worst part of all?  Neither the NFL or MLB can do anything about it.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that those of us affected in the media can’t continue to yell “THIS ISN’T RIGHT!” when the Orioles do stuff like revoking media credentials from accredited members of the local press in an effort to lock them out and silence them.

That reminds me of a quote from the great Charles De Gaulle:  “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

There are a variety of twists and turns to that quote from De Gaulle, but it’s easy to slice it apart and see how it works to the advantage of the Redskins and Orioles.

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

I get it.

“Let’s silence the media…and we’ll have more authority than ever over them.”

And, somehow, in Baltimore at least, no one seems to care about the Orioles employing that quote to their advantage.