More smoke from "The Interview!"
The dust has begun to settle around Stab magazine’s stunning admission, yesterday, that it is openly and proudly a shill for the World Surf League. In exchange for receiving schedule releases hours before other surf media and the ability to license footage, the premium subscription surf blog will happily dress propaganda as news and roll it out to its audience all while heavily patrolling the discourse.
Like the China Global Television Network except without delicious noodle dishes or orange chicken!
Well, whether Stab wants to be in the “revealing details” business, or not, some very fine details were revealed in the wake of the Jessi Miley-Dyer interview that got this whole ball rolling. New editor, and onetime beloved BeachGrit contributor Michael Ciaramella, is always one to face the music. A wonderful trait. In explaining to frustrated readers why he let the World Surf League’s Chief of Sport off the hook, Ciaramella shared that he only had fifteen minutes with Miley-Dyer and a PR flak was on the phone too, trying to hurry the conversation along.
The World Surf League requires its Chief of Sport to have a minder and crazy time limit when chatting with already-collaborationist media?
How do you like them apples?
Like North Korea except cheap and pointless!
The lengths to which Santa Monica goes to tamp down honesty is… wild. Are bodies actually buried or something?
Erik Logan’s “mistake?”
When I first got my start covering professional surfing at its highest level, then called the Association of Surfing Professionals, I acted in much the same way that I do today. Fabulously roguish. Then CEO Brodie Carr decided he’d like to address it, challenged me to an arm wrestle and came into the bar with his hood over his head, shadow boxing.
I fell in love, then and there, and wrote a piece of fawning, so completely un-journalistic that even with Stab embracing its new ringer role, it won’t be able to top.
Those were the days.
But, seriously, what is the World Surf League trying to hide?
A very-near future sale to Bahrain?
We already know, bros.