Drew’s Morning Dish — Thurs., Sept. 19

September 19, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Forget the fact they never once even sent me (or Luke) an e-mail about revoking our credentials.  We had to find out “through the grapevine”.  That, in and of itself, is chickens**t times twenty.

Worse than that…they forced Monica to fight THEIR fight.

As if she doesn’t have a bigger fight on her mind right now, which you know about thanks to the wonderful interview done by Jamie Costello last winter.


The Orioles clearly don’t care that they put Monica Barlow in the middle of something that she didn’t deserve to be in the middle of…health problems or not.

The people responsible for WNST’s credentials being revoked could have manned-up and delivered the news themselves, but they’re afraid to do it, obviously.  So they made Monica do it.

Major League Baseball doesn’t have the stones to stand up to the Orioles and say, “Why do you keep fighting with this radio station?”

And they know, too, that Monica Barlow has been thrust into the middle of this and they evidently don’t care enough to say to the Orioles, “Look, if you want to continue being assh**es to WNST, go ahead, but you can’t put Monica Barlow in the middle of your silly fight.  She doesn’t deserve that.”

Perhaps most importantly, people in the Baltimore media who GREATLY respect Monica don’t have the balls to pull one of the Orioles’ higher-ups aside and say, “Really?  You’re making Monica fight with WNST?  You’re making her do the mean work…the dirty work…the work YOU should be doing?”

None of the media in town are willing to call the Orioles out for this because, of course, they face the prospect of being treated poorly by the organization.

The two big Orioles-related websites in town, Orioles Hangout and Camden Chat, have both developed a working relationship with Monica Barlow.  But you won’t see a story or a thread started over at those sites because they’re afraid of the Orioles like everyone else in town.

Someone, besides me that is, should come to Monica Barlow’s defense in this mess, but no one will.

And this isn’t about going to bat for WNST or Drew or Luke.  I don’t need or want anyone fighting MY fight for me.  I know the truth and I’m speaking it right here.  That’s good enough for me.  I’m not getting my credential back anytime soon, that’s a certainty.  Not this season, not next season…who knows when I’ll get it again.  But I’d lick a dog’s rear end before I’d sit back and ignore what has happened to me, Luke and the way the credential fiasco went down and who was “delegated” the duty of being the bad guy in The Warehouse.

This saga is about people in the Baltimore media who work with Monica every day knowing the truth about how absolutely unacceptable it is for management to say to her, “You’re going to have to be the bad guy in this fight…take over and make us proud.”

I sent her a lengthy e-mail yesterday explaining that I was going to write this and letting her know that I’m outraged on her behalf at the fact she’s been brought into this mess.  I’m particularly sympathetic to cancer victims.  My mother died from cancer at age 56 in 1987.  My 9th annual charity golf outing comes up on October 14 and this year we’re donating the proceeds to the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in part to honor my friend Dan Karr who passed away from brain cancer last September.

For the last two weeks, I’ve heard this question at least 25 times: “So, I heard the Orioles kicked you out again.  What did you do this time?”

And that’s why I’m writing this today.

I didn’t “do” anything.

I didn’t break any rules.

All I’ve done since last April is talk about the Orioles every morning, Monday through Friday.

And, for that, I had my credential revoked and my picture put up in the lobby of the baesball stadium with the words “DO NOT ALLOW ENTRY” stamped across the front.

That, though, pales in comparison to what the Orioles put Monica Barlow through over the last six months.

They bullied WNST for six months and then had her do all the punching when the real fight began.




12 Comments For This Post

  1. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    I think you missed some people when you discussed people who do not seem to care. What about the players? I know they are under contract and there is likely something in the contract about interviews and such, but get real. If Chris Davis or Manny Machado wanted to go to bat for Ms. Barlow (and indirectly for greater media access to the players), they could do it. They could come on your air and make it cleat that the silly “WNST rule” and the way Ms Barlow has been forced to enforce that rule is out of bounds. Yeah, the Orioles are in the hunt for a playoff spot, the players are busy, yada, yada, yada. The players are the face of the organization, the faces we see when we yell “Go O’s!” They need to step up and show they care, as well.

  2. Chris Says:

    Honestly, do you think when Peter dies people will be happy about it? Sadly I say yes and I think I will fall into that group. (DF: I never mentioned Peter Angelos once in my blog. He has nothing at all to do with what I wrote.)

  3. The Armchair QB Says:

    Nice tribute to this courageous young woman, Drew, and equally fair criticism of the organization she works for. As a native Baltimorean, I’ve been a loyal “O’s” fan my entire life and, while I didn’t follow them during the 14 years when they were apparently dedicated to…..LOSING, I’ve been excited to follow them again the past two years! That said, nothing the “o’s” management does should come as a surprise to anyone. While you and I differ on this matter, I believed they shoulda/coulda accommodated the Ravens opener here on Sept. 5th, but that’s ancient history now. What all this proves, however, is the old adage, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear!”

  4. Chuck Smolkin Says:

    I don’t agree that Monica(G-D bless her) should be the main issue here. Your issues with the Orioles over the years have been accurate and important. My focus would be more on the lack of support for your 1st amendment rights by the Baltimore media. They should boycott the Orioles until you are reinstated and the Orioles recind their stupid rules. They could be next. Critical reporting is a major foundation of our country. (DF: Actually, Chuck, the MAIN issue here is that the “MEN” who decided to revoke my credential didn’t do their own dirty work. That’s the MAIN issue. The sub-issue is they made Monica Barlow do it.)

  5. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    I’m just a guy who grew up in Hamilton, but can’t the station file a lawsuit against the Orioles ? Seems to me that WNST should take them to court to make them explain there policy & why it only affects your station,or am I wrong in thinking this way.

  6. Chuck Smolkin Says:

    I don’t agree. I think those clowns were saying your station isn’t important enough to spend their time on. Really WNST is the best, and you are the best of the best.

  7. unitastoberry Says:

    I have dealt with cancer too from a personal level my dad died of it and I beat it 2 years ago. I hope that this lady beats it too. Just in the last 3 days I have been told by 2 friends that their daughter has adrenal cancer and that a wife has liver and pancreas cancer. It’s an epidemic and it comes like a thief in the night taking no prisoners. Please give what you can to fight this scurge.
    As for the Orioles they have no class we all know that especially those of us who are older and wiser. It all starts at the top and while I wish the guys on the field the best it is my hope that the ownership someday will change for the better. That’s all you can do right now.

  8. justafan Says:

    Peter Angelos and Barrack Obama have two things in common. They are both democratic liberals and they both have absolute control of the media.

  9. Jason Manelli Says:

    I wish Ms. Barlow health and peace. The O’s know that when they restrict access to WNST, they effectively restrict access to the people who choose to listen to WNST. It’s an ugly game that makes this life long fan of the team wonder what I ever did to deserve this treatment besides buy 100’s of tickets, jerseys, shirts, hats and other items with their officially licensed logo on it? Quit punishing the fans O’s.

  10. D Says:

    If you had any amount of respect for Monica, you wouldn’t have dragged her into this. Drew, you have any issue with the Orioles’ front office. Fine. Attack them all you want. But don’t you dare bring a helpless employee who you are causing a lot of unnecessary stress into this situation. I think a public apology to Monica is needed. And quite frankly, if this is how you treat people who have power over you and have something that you want, I can see why the Orioles revoked your press credentials. (DF: With all due respect, sir, you have no idea what you’re talking about here…carry on with your day.)

  11. OVER40DON Says:

    If Glenn had refrained from interviewing whoever it was that started this conundrum, a lotta feelings would have been spared. While I find the name of the person who sent the emails irrelevant, it sure did fire up some folks that you brought that person into your article. Your point is taken and has merit but again, Glen shouldn’t have had an Orioles on the station. I know you disagree with both assertions/opinions.
    WNST seems to thrive on having a controversy with Orioles organization. While the Orioles are ridiculous in MANY of their policies, premium prices for Bos./N.Y. games, walk up charges to buy tickets day of the game, No Orioles or their wives allowed on some ( 1? ) radio stations, etc., how can you or anyone at the station be surprised at the most recent ridiculous policy of the O’s? That being revoking your credentials. WNST started the WAR with “Free the Birds” mantra years ago. Did you guys really ever think the BIG BOSS was ever gonna forget that? I’m amazed they gave you guys any credentials to begin with. You guys don’t want the Orioles to run your programming and the Orioles don’t want you or WNST to tell them how to run their PR.
    It seems that things really started escalate after the Oriole Bird soaked your boss at a game one night.

    Returning to the your article, are you 100% the gal in question feels that way about the “pissing match” ? I’m also curious if she responded to your email prior to the post on your blog.
    I missed the show this a.m. early tee time will be listening Friday for sure.

  12. matt Says:

    looks like this blog hit…. a home run :X

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