The beginning of an open letter from Ebert to Mariotti at Poynter:
What an ugly way to leave the Sun-Times. It does not speak well for
you. Your timing was exquisite. You signed a new contract, waited
until days after the newspaper had paid for your trip to Beijing at
great cost, and then resigned with only an e-mail. You saved your
explanation for a local television station.
Read the whole thing. And remember: Jay Mariotti is a slug. Why he continues getting work on ESPN is beyond me. He doesn’t have anything terribly interesting to say and his reporting is, um, lacking. Maybe unimpressive is the right word. Terrible? Yeah, let’s go with terrible.