Seattle Times columnist can't stand commenters, retires

Seattle Weekly

Seattle Times sports columnist Steve Kelley has standard reasons for retiring at 63: "I find myself at a lot more games thinking 'I've written this story 411 times now. Isn't that enough?'" he tells Seattle Weekly contributor Rick Anderson.



But another complaint puts him squarely in league with former Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette and fans of science writing: ""The reader comments section, it's a free-for-all," Kelley said.


"The level of discourse has become so inane and nasty. And it's not just at the Times, it's ESPN, everywhere - people, anonymous people, take shots at the story, writers, each other. Whatever you've achieved in that story gets drowned out by this chorus of idiots."

Kelley says he won't write a farewell column. His last column will run near the end of January, Anderson says.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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