Normally this type of stuff doesn't bother me, but there is one small point that Adam Rubin keeps making that is simply not true.
He keeps saying that Omar accused him of lobbying for Bernazard's job, ie, lobbying for THE job of player personnel, and that Omar accused him of using his desire for THE job as motivation for his reporting on Bernazard.
The problem with that is Omar never said it.
What Omar Minaya actually said was that Adam Rubin was lobbying for 'A' player development position.
Even in Rubin's story from today's Daily News, he quotes Omar incorrectly, which is not proper journalism.
"Adam has lobbied for THE player development position," Minaya said.
Much different meanings.
I reviewed the tape, and Omar said "a job", not "the job".
So why is Adam reporting that Omar said he lobbied for Bernazard's job?
Rubin is misquoting Omar because it puts him in a better light, but go back and watch the press conference and you see Rubin ask, “Are you alleging that I tried to tear Tony down so I could take his job?” “No, I’m not saying that,” Minaya said. “All I’m saying is that in the past you have lobbied for a job. You have told people in the front office that you want to work in the front office.”
Rubin himself has gone back and forth on this, saying he never asked for a Mets job, but just made some general inquiries--to all of the Mets brass--on how one gets a job in baseball.
Anyone with half a brain that hears these questions up and down an organization knows that the person that is asking the questions wants a job--Rubin, like everyone else, would never say "hey, Jeff, Omar, Tony, hire me"...the world is much more subtle than that....but by asking over and over his message was pretty clear.
I think Adam Rubin crossed the line of journalistic integrity by continually inquiring about a job from the team he was covering.
Omar called him on it....he may have botched the message and the timing by doing it in the press conference, but it's something that needed to be told.
The reporters will all jump to Rubin's side--that's fine--they are banding together. But I'm actually on Omar's side here