Remember when WaPo Style writer Paul Farhi criticized Tony Kornheiser’s Monday Night Football debut? And when Kornheiser responded by saying he had been back-stabbed and calling Farhi “a two-bit weasel slug...who I would gladly run over with a Mack truck given the opportunity.”
Well, that was nearly five years ago. And Kornheiser has not forgiven Farhi. The former sports columnist talked about the incident in the ESPN book, and he still has strong feelings for his former co-worker. To quote Tony:
“In my life as a sportswriter, I never believed that athletes didn’t read the papers when they said they didn’t read the papers. I believed they read them and they just said they didn’t. The first criticism I read of me was in my own newspaper by Paul Farhi, a duplicitous backstabbing snake and weasel who I would happily back over with a bus, okay? After I read that, I said, ‘You know what, I’m done. I’m not reading anything else.’ When my son would read something and say, ‘You know what, this guy hates you,’ I would say, ‘Michael, don’t tell me that. If you want to read it, read it. Don’t tell me anything good and don’t tell me anything bad.’ My pictured popped up on AOL, and my wife would say, ‘They think you’re the worst guy,’ and I said, ‘Please, I don’t want to know.’
Five years later, and we’ve only downgraded from a Mack truck to a bus? At this rate, 25 years from now, Tony will still want to back over Farhi with a Prius.
Since we sit on the same floor and all, I asked Farhi to respond to Kornheiser’s description of him as a “duplicitous backstabbing snake and weasel” for the crime of doing his job.
“I’m sorry Tony still carries a grudge after all these years,” Farhi wrote. “But I thought at the time, and I still do, that I gave an honest, independent assessment his first appearance on ‘Monday Night Football.’ For him to suggest that we’d give him special consideration just because he worked for this paper impugns the integrity the paper.”