Dave Portnoy fires back at WaPo reporter’s ‘hit piece’: ‘Not an ounce of journalism’

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy criticized a Washington Post reporter for his handling of an upcoming “hit piece” story about him in an exclusive interview Thursday on “Jesse Watters Prime Time.”

On Wednesday, Portnoy posted a video recording of a phone conversation with Washington Post reporter Emily Heil on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Heil, who covers national food news and trends for the paper, reportedly sent the following message: Send emails to multiple advertisers In connection with Portnoy’s One Bite Pizza Festival in Brooklyn, New York, he asked about Portnoy’s “history of misogynistic comments and other problematic behavior.”

Portnoy according to the screenshot Posted on Barstool websiteThe email read: “About the festival and the criticism some sponsors and attendees have received for appearing to be associated with Dave Portnoy, who has a history of misogynistic comments and other problematic behavior. I plan to write it.”

A screenshot of an email allegedly sent by Washington Post reporter Emily Heil to an advertiser associated with the One Bite Pizza Festival in Portnoy. ((Screenshot/Jesse Watters Primetime))

The Barstool Sports founder told host Jesse Watters that he believes “journalism has become activism” and that reporters “are not looking for the truth.”

“The very people who are trying to threaten pizzerias right now are[We’re] I’m going to write a hit and connect you with this bad guy…” [were] We were all fighting to shut these people down two years ago. “They didn’t want to open it,” he said. “I was fighting to open them. collect money, continue to run small businesses, and then they turn to these very people we’re trying to save and say, “We shouldn’t do business with them.” Really…they became activists. There’s not an ounce of journalism in it. ”

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Mr. Watters asked Mr. Portnoy why he thought the Post “hated” him so much.

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Dave Portnoy released a video of his phone call with a Washington Post reporter that went viral on Thursday. (Getty Images)

“All I can think of is this era. I feel like people’s brains have been broken ever since Trump came along,” he said. “The Washington Post is a far-left organization like the New York Times, and Business Insider is in the same group. Unfortunately, it’s like you know just by your name that you’re going to be talked about positively or negatively. This is about the organization I’m about to read about. ”

Mr. Heil told Mr. Portnoy in a recorded phone call that he intended to ask for comment.

“Sometimes you have to say these things are like reporting tactics,” she said. “When you want someone to react, you have to show them there might be something negative and then get them involved. That’s all I was trying to do.”

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Mr. Portnoy said that he has It became the subject of many hit songs. But you rarely, if ever, get a chance to talk to the reporter writing the story. He claimed that if reporters let him tell his side of the story, they would find out their “facts are wrong.”

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Barstool Sports’ David Portnoy hosts Pool After Dark on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Brigglia/Getty Images) ((Photo by Tom Brigglia/Getty Images))

“If you start interviewing me and getting the facts, you might not be able to put pen to paper because you know you’re stupid and dishonest,” he said. “They lie to themselves.”


Portnoy said Heil has been invited to the One Bite Pizza Festival, where Heil can “confess” his sins and win a pizza.

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FOX News’ Hannah Panlec contributed to this report

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