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SNY touches bases on Mets news
As it did under more chaotic, controversial circumstances with the Willie Randolph firing of 2008, Mets-owned SNY did a thorough, honest job Monday covering Omar Minaya's and Jerry Manuel's departures.
The centerpiece was the news conference held by Jeff and Fred Wilpon - also carried live on YES, WFAN and 1050 ESPN - the latter of whom provided a number of highlights.
The most dramatic moment was his discussion of the "betrayal" by his old friend Bernie Madoff.
Fred also used the opportunity to reiterate his policy on SNY's editorial independence.
"We supervise the operations of SNY, but we don't tell Curt [Gowdy Jr.] what he should tell the announcers or how they should go about it.
"As a matter of fact, there's a lot of criticism sometimes. The announcers are critical. We tell them, 'Tell the truth. Run your program. Tell the truth.' We've never told them anything different than that.
"Sometimes they are critical about players, and sometimes they're critical about us. We hope it never gets personal. But it does sometimes. It comes with the territory."
I asked SNY's Ron Darling (on a TBS conference call previewing the playoffs) what he thought of the Mets news.
"I just think the Mets' problems go much deeper than letting go the manager and general manager," he said. "They let go some good people today, but that’s one step in about 25 steps that they’re going to have to try to complete."