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Kevin Paul Dupont has been covering hockey for 35 years and currently writes for the Boston Globe. His first official season on the NHL beat coincided with Don Cherry’s last year as a coach for the Bruins, so you know he’s been around a while. Over the last couple decades, Dupont has had a front row seat for the rise of the internet to prominence in news media. Now, people are more likely to get their news from websites, blogs, and apps, words that didn’t exist when Dupont started in the industry, and newspapers are dying across the continent.

Understandably, Dupont doesn’t seem too happy with this development and, over the last week, has taken potshots at bloggers via his Twitter account. His most recent attack is the most baffling, essentially claiming that bloggers are simply bad, immoral people.

A week ago, Dupont got the hockey blogosphere in a huff with a joke at the expense of the NFL replacement refs.

 

The blogosphere, as a whole, said “Hey!” and proceeded to disagree, in some cases vehemently. A follow-up tweet suggested that he was just trying to make a point that journalism has changed, “for good and bad,” and implied that it wasn’t his fault if people took offence and deemed his tweet “pejorative.” I don’t recall the replacement refs receiving much positive feedback, least of all from Dupont himself who tweeted “Imagine NASCAR with replacement drivers” a few minutes earlier.

In any case, I didn’t think too much of the tweet at the time. I considered it simply to be an ill-conceived joke, albeit one that completely misunderstands the relationship between journalism and blogging, as well as how a lockout works. I saw it as being borne out of a frustration with the slow death of newspaper journalism and the rise in a consumer culture around the news that demands entertainment and instantaneity over depth and accuracy.

Certainly, there are bloggers out there who are as accurate with their posts and articles as the replacement refs with their calls, though painting all bloggers with the same brush is a trifle harsh. But Twitter is a confining medium and tact is frequently sacrificed on the altar of a good (or bad) one-liner, so I assumed the best of Dupont and moved on.

I may have given him a little too much credit. Turns out that he simply hates bloggers.

That’s pretty much the only conclusion I could come to after his second bizarrely unprovoked cheap shot on Twitter. While his first attack was simply a mean-spirited joke aimed at the quality of blogger’s work, this one directly attacked their character in the most hilariously awful way possible.

 

What an ironically uncharitable accusation.

This crosses the line from cracking a joke to being a jerk. Dupont attended a charity event that helps thousands of underprivileged kids receive Christmas presents and decided that this would be a great time to take another shot at insulting bloggers, since his first attempt fell flat. He apparently thinks that bloggers are terrible people who are incapable of charity. I’m honestly baffled at the accusation.

It’s also patently false. I’ll give a few examples, sticking just with the Canucks blogosphere as I am most familiar with it.

  • Richard Loat of Canucks Hockey Blog founded Five Hole for Food, a cross-Canada road hockey tour that benefits local food banks with help from local hockey bloggers. The 2012 tour hit 13 cities in 19 days and raised 133,000 pounds of food.
  • Canucks Hockey Blog ran a community challenge where writers and readers pledged $1 or $2 for various Canucks’ statistical categories, raising over $1000 for various charities, one of many charitable initiatives spearheaded by the blog.

These are just four examples from a small corner of the hockey blogosphere, which is itself a small corner of the blogosphere as a whole. There are many, many, many more examples from across the hockey blogosphere, from the various comment campaigns at SB Nation in 2010 to help Haiti, to Ryan Lambert and Jason Orach auctioning off their blogging skills to benefit Right to Play, to the Penguins bloggers holding a charity kickball tournament for Hockey Fights Cancer. And those are public efforts; there’s no saying what bloggers choose to do with their income, which does not come from blogging for the majority of them.

Even that might not be sufficient to satisfy Dupont, who responded to claims that bloggers do in fact do charity work with a challenge:

 

That’s right: match Globe Santa, a charitable fund supported by one of the biggest newspapers in Boston that is owned by the New York Times Company. Match a charity that has been running for over 50 years, with all the benefits of infrastructure and experience that implies. Match a charity that receives more than $1 million per year with heavy corporate involvement.

The implication is that charity doesn’t matter if it isn’t big and splashy. Charity doesn’t matter if it only helps a handful of people instead of thousands. It’s a point of view that is completely wrong-headed and insulting. Using the success of a charity event as an opportunity for scorn is shameful. Charity isn’t and shouldn’t be a pissing contest; if it is, you’re not actually exhibiting charity, you’re exhibiting pride.

The silly thing is, some of the charitable endeavours currently being started by bloggers may someday reach the level of something like Globe Santa. Richard Loat’s Five Hole for Food has grown exponentially and is only in its third year of existence. In their first year, they raised 6000 pounds of food; this year they raised 43,000 pounds of food in Vancouver alone.

Even still, every pound of food and every dollar raised is important. It means a stomach will be filled, a child clothed, and a potential cure for cancer researched. Labelling bloggers as uncharitable because of the size of their charitable contributions is simply wrong.

Comments (34)

  1. succinctly said.

  2. Might want to look into how much Globe Santa takes off the top for administrative expenses. That’s a big problem with a lot of charities.

    Oh – and if you want to check in on blogger fundraising – the Oatmeal (theoatmeal.com) – a blog – raised over $1 million for a Tesla museum in 9 days. I’d say that’s pretty impressive.

  3. I wish this guy Dupont could read this article.

    • That would require him to know how to read which, judging by the content he produces, I’m not entirely convinced of…

  4. Wow, 50 years and they only raise $1MM/year? Child’s Play (http://childsplaycharity.org/) has been running for only eight years and raises over $3MM annually, and it was launched by a couple of /webcomic authors/.

    Reach matters, obviously. And clearly, newspapers do not have nearly the reach that the web does. Between TBS and PD, I bet $1MM would be totally doable.

  5. Sounds like a guy who’s in a dying media trying to grasp at straws. Shame…

    • So I guess he won’t be turning to blogging when the paper he works for kicks the bucket :-) The only thing worse than a blogger is a bitter, unemployed hack.

  6. Congratulations, Kevin Paul Dupont! You’re the Mark Madden of the internet.

    Anyone that equates their attending a charity event to founding/operating a charity is obviously a narcissist and chronic masturbator. That guy can suck it.

  7. What a worthless piece of trash this guy is. Even if you try to ignore the absurd crotchety attack on the evolution of journalism, this is a human being who is using charitable contributions as a weapon to attack internet journalism.

    Did you know that the Boston Globe hosts 66 different blogs over at http://www.boston.com/news/blogs/ including Bruins Blog where Kevin Paul DuPont’s articles get posted? I wonder how many people read KPD through the Bruins Blog versus picking up a printed version of the Globe.

    What a joke.

  8. @BruinsDaily raised a few hundred bucks last year to an animal rescue league

    KPD essentially forced me to change the name of my blog thehubofhockey.net citing that he’ coined the phrase Hub of Hockey’.

  9. Sounds like somebody really wants to be invited to sit at Murray Chass’ table at next year’s event!

  10. Listening to bloggers get all oversensitive and self-righteous every time an old newspaper guy criticizes them has gotten far more annoying than the old writers themselves. Grow a pair, already.

  11. It should be no surprise that a journalist from Boston is a giant prick.

    Enjoy seeing him take proper flack for it.

  12. Thanks to Dupont being a massive prick, our event is now getting national attention!

    If you want to donate to Hockey Kicks Cancer, check out our money bomb! We now have blogs from the Kings, Ducks, Sens, and Habs on board.

    http://highheelsandhockey.com/2012/10/02/bombing-cancer/

    Now imagine how much money we could raise if Dupont pulled his head out of his ass and helped out…

  13. I Wonder, if Kevin Dupont were to print his comments in the newspaper would he have receive half the response he’s getting online?
    IMO, He’s as outdated as the (dying) medium he writes for.

  14. Huh, that is just really petty and small-minded on Dupont’s part. Bloggers have done some amazing work for charity that largely hinges on average people chipping in to support a cause rather than massive corporate sponsorship.

    Also Daniel, seeing as you focused on the Canucks blogosphere, I’ll put a quick plug in that there’s been some decent (if smaller scale than the examples you mention) charity fundraising at Nucks Misconduct over the years :) Two examples:

    http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2012/4/5/2928625/im-flying-jack-im-flying-canucks-flames-gamethread

    http://www.facebook.com/notes/nucks-misconduct/cha-chaing-charity-results-for-canucks-for-kids/367439173977

    I love the hockey blogosphere and how much awesome, cool, amazing stuff has emerged from it. It’s sad that folks like Dupont can’t understand that.

  15. Boston hockey fans have known for years that Dupont is a mean-spirited jerk. It’s not just bloggers he hates, but hockey fans and a majority of the Boston Bruins. It’s amusing that Dupont being Dupont causes such a stir on Twitter. If you’ve read any of his work, you shouldn’t be surprised.

  16. You’re a dick Scott… oops, I mean Kevin.

  17. This guy is the epitome of why newspapers and journalism have suffered such a huge hit over the past decade. They lack the ability to adapt. And now, 10 years later, they’ve finally realized the world is passing them by, and instead of looking at themselves and what they did wrong, they blame anybody else for the downward spiral.

    And this isn’t even about “real” journalists vs. bloggers. It’s about the failure of some of these established entities to position themselves to take advantage of new technology and a changing culture. They had their opportunities to ride the wave. You’ve seen some guys, real journalists, adapt. We’ve seen some of the major news outlets adapt. this guy, unfortunately, has not.

  18. You would think Dupont would know better than to pick a fight with hockey fans ;)
    The only reason I know that the Boston Globe exists is because of one of their picture blogs.

  19. What’s the deal with the Boston media? The shrilling, posturing, attacking and biased “reporting” from the 2011 finals pretty much summed it up. Now this….

  20. Hi Internet Guys, Mike B from the Boston Globe here, you might have remembered my integrity by making up heart tugging stories–Later proven invented and I was canned and forced to work at local Boston talk radio—Where fortunately I get to interview KPauls co-hort covering the B’s Nancy L Parisse–her interviews are great if you like Rosie ODonnel as she does in depth analysis about somewhere between Joan Rivers and Nancy Grace– You are right the internet is dumb and even though the Globe was on death watch due to our shoddy work and biased views we will return–Right along with Roger Clemens and an AL East title

  21. Match the Globe Santa? I’m on it. I work for Defending the Blue Line as their Community Relations Manager. Last year, we handed out nearly $750,000 in gear, and likely another similar amount in grants for association fees, transportation costs, and other costs associated with the game.

    All this while working a full time job and writing for two separate sites about two different sports.

    But hey, I’m sure the check he wrote for $500 was well received.

  22. I think I can sum up this article in three words: What a dickhead.

  23. For us in Australia we have started a blog for Canucks fans. http://vancouvercanucks.com.au because we just don’t get a mix of NHL and local hockey news.

    Blogging is all we have. Mainstream media here don’t cover it and just like in North America, when they do, it’s politically washed.

    Sure we read every hockey blog we can find and tune into to traditional media every day. But to get the mix and lack of press release, sometimes we just need to have it out on a blog.

    What’s the harm, a discussion taking place?

    If most journalists interacted with readers instead of holding themselves holier than thou, then maybe bloggers wouldn’t be such an thorn in their side.

  24. Its happening the world over.

    In Scotland, the main newspaper is the Daily Record. We have what seems to be a carbon copy of Kevin Paul Dupont in a guy called Jim Traynor. Because the blogosphere publishes more accurate and better written articles than he does, he dismisses the work as ‘internet bampots’

    The good news is that as the media world changes, these guys are getting left further and further behind. Soon they will be relics.

    apologies for going slightly off topic.

    I’ve seen plenty of evidence of charitable efforts of hockey bloggers and if you are picky then you’ll find better things to read in blogs than you will in print media

  25. I’m from Boston and the true irony in all of this, I stopped reading his Sunday column because everything he wrote I had already read on blogs earlier in the week.

  26. So let me get this straight, this wad spends a day at a golf and country club as his ‘contribution’ to charity and thinks that entitles him to badmouth the charity work of others. I guess descending into irrelevance makes you crazy.

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