Drew’s Morning Dish — Fri., Sept. 20

September 20, 2013 | Drew Forrester

They handled it poorly on a variety of levels, starting with the mere fact that they punished Luke and I and we didn’t do anything wrong at all.

They handled it poorly because they sent threatening e-mails to WNST (note: I never received ONE e-mail from them about MY credential being in danger) and at the bottom of those e-mails they had the nerve to write:  “We will not engage in any communication/correspondence with you about this matter.”

They handled it poorly because the executive who made the decision to revoke our credentials didn’t have the professionalism to communicate with me and/or the station in general.  Instead, he had a female employee do his dirty work for him, which, according to some, I evidently wasn’t allowed to bring up yesterday.

They handled it poorly because that’s what they always seem to do when it comes to matters like this.

And the summary of my blog yesterday was simple: Rather than stand up and have a professional exchange with us – the way the Ravens or any other pro sports franchise would – the Orioles tried to soft-peddle their way around it and used a model employee who doesn’t deserve to be in the fight in the first place.

Some folks around town lit a fire under my ass for “bringing her into it”.

I didn’t bring Monica Barlow into it.  The half-dozen e-mails we have on file from her will clearly indicate the Orioles themselves brought her into this.  If the executive(s) who made the decision to initiate the credential-witch-hunt in The Warehouse would have handled his own work, none of this would have happened with her.

I reached out to several Orioles staffers via e-mail last week about my credential being revoked.  In fact, I copied nine different people and asked for someone to step in and discuss the situation with me and no one over there – no one – returned my e-mail.  On Tuesday of this week, I e-mailed an Orioles executive who made the decision to revoke my credential and told him exactly what I was going to write on Thursday.  I told him I thought it was reprehensible that they made a female staffer do their dirty work and that I was going to offer that as my opinion on Thursday.  Return e-mail?  I’m still waiting…

I also e-mailed Monica on Wednesday to let her know I was writing something on Thursday.  She was, after all, our “contact person” in this saga because she was the one who sent the e-mails informing us that Luke and I were losing our credentials.

I didn’t hear back from her, either.

So, I wrote what I wrote because that’s how it all went down.

As I said to someone who had a go at me about this yesterday:  “Since when is me writing exactly what happened the wrong thing to do?”

That a few people in town were outraged by my blog isn’t really the issue because, for the most part, those guys and gals don’t have 10% of the “real” information at their disposal.  Lashing out was their reaction because “beating up” WNST is the chic thing to do.

The Orioles were wrong for revoking our media credentials two weeks ago.

That’s not up for debate.

The way they did it was, in my opinion, also wrong.  I wouldn’t have agreed with it if the guy who “pulled the trigger” on the revoking of our credentials stood up and had some accountability, but I also would have at least said, “Well, you manned up and, if nothing else, didn’t have someone else do your dirty work for you…”

That Monica Barlow has a health issue didn’t seem to concern the Orioles when they involved her in their fight with me and/or WNST.  It concerned me enough to at least reach out to her on Wednesday and say, “I hate to bring you into this…but your boss won’t communicate with me and I need to stand up for myself because I didn’t deserve to have my credential revoked.”

People wanted to know why I brought Monica’s health up in the blog I wrote yesterday.  I did so just to give the story its proper balance, knowing full well if I didn’t bring it up, someone else WOULD, by saying, “I can’t believe you’re beating her up with her current health issues.”

First, of course, I didn’t “beat her up”.  In fact, I defended her.  I thought it was wrong that the Orioles made her play a role in this and I’ve said that enough now that everyone should understand my position.

That she has a health issue ISN’T part of the story and I didn’t intend for it to read that way.  I simply didn’t want to NOT mention it and then have to face the critics who say “you know what she’s going through, right?”

The story remains this, very simply:  The Orioles were wrong for revoking my credential – and Luke’s as well.

How they went about it is the “background story” that needed to brought out in the open.

It’s up to you to judge it from there, but I judge it as reprehensible on their part.