Literally one of the first rules of journalism that you’re taught as a striving, young reporter is to never make the story about yourself.
Joe Santoliquito must have skipped that day of class at Gudger Journalism Tech Correspondence School.
In a BIZARRE appearance with Angelo Cataldi on the WIP Morning Show, Santoliquito stumbled, bumbled, and fumbled his way through a near 19-minute interview in which you could AUDIBLY HEAR Al Morganti restraining himself from jumping over the studio console and throttling the quivering mass of jelly for a haphazard and poorly written piece of “journalism.”
Near the end of the interview, Santoliquito takes a bizarre stance on the article and how he’s the best thing Wentz has going for him.
“Guess what? I’m the best thing Carson Wentz has ever had going for him. You know why? You don’t think this is going to piss him off even more? You don’t think this is going to motivate him even more, to stick this up someone’s little tail and just say, hey listen pal, you’re wrong. Everybody else that believes what you said and wrote is wrong.”
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a journalist who desperately wants to make the story about himself. You can listen to the entire interview right here.
It’s like Santoliquito had visions of parading through Broad Street in 2020 after the Eagles Super Bowl victory, the Lombardi Trophy in his hands, as Wentz thanked him for all he did.
“I couldn’t have done it without you Joe. You were right all along, you motivated me to be a better person, to get over my ego, to become a better teammate, to become a better man….and a better lover,” Wentz would say, and then softly caress the bearded journalists cheek and give him a tender kiss on the mouth.
You can dream, Joe, but something tells me you’re not going to be allowed in the Eagles locker room past this week.
By now, surely you have read Santoliquito’s piece on Carson Wentz in which several anonymous sources claimed the quarterback was “selfish,” “uncompromising,” and “playing favorites” within the locker room.
Since the piece ran yesterday, Santoliquito has embarked on a strange media tour to defend his story, and has come off more as a petulant child looking for approval from his parents for a job well done.
Throughout the interview, Santoliquito asks Morganti and Cataldi several times if they “believe the story” and offered to “show them texts off the air” of his sources, which seems to go against the basic tenant of journalism that he defends…trying to keep his sources anonymous.
Throughout the interview he was roasted by Morganti, who criticizes Santoliquito for not reaching out to the Eagles for comment on the story until MONDAY MORNING AT 8:20 A.M., only 40 minutes before the story was published on Philly Voice.
That tells you all you need to know about Santoliquito and the editor’s of Philly Voice. He’s a weasel who was too scared to speak to the Eagles brass about his “scoop.” He called for comment on a day he knew nobody would answer him – a week after the season ended, at 8:20 a.m. on a Monday morning, on a federal holiday – just so he could put at the end of his piece that “The Eagles did not return a phone call for comment.”
It’s something I would have done during my first year as a beat reporter if I was too scared to talk to someone on a controversial topic. Don’t shit a shitter, Joe.
The whole thing is bizarre. And I’m not even getting into Howard Eskin appearing later on in the show claiming that Santoliquito’s sources aren’t even players….BUT FRIENDS OF PLAYERS.
Gross. Go back under the rock you slithered out from, Joe, and make a grab for fame somewhere else. We don’t want you around anymore.
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