When the founder of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy, found out that Emily Heil from the Washington Post had reached out to his advertisers and described him as someone with a “history of misogynistic comments,” he directly confronted her.
Portnoy shared the entire 11-minute exchange on Twitter. At first, Heil denied portraying Portnoy as a misogynistic racist, but she was later faced with evidence of her statement.
“We have this Pizza-fest happening on Saturday, and you’re contacting our sponsors,” Portnoy pointed out. “Your email essentially reads, ‘Dave’s a misogynic racist. Do you support advertising at this event?’ Isn’t that so?” he questioned Heil.
I Caught Wind That The Washington Post Was Writing A Hit Piece About Me And My Pizzafest So I Did What I Do. I Went on the Offensive pic.twitter.com/5oK2zJqVAs
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 20, 2023
Appearing surprised, Heil didn't immediately recognize that it was Portnoy on the line.
“I’m sorry. Who are you?” she inquired.
“I’m the guy you’re writing the article about, Dave Portnoy,” he fired back.
Initially, Heil refuted the claim, stating, “I haven’t said anything like that.”
However, Portnoy came prepared. He recited a segment of an email Heil had sent to one of his advertisers, which he also shared on his website.
“We are planning to write about the festival and how some of the sponsors and participants have drawn criticism by seeming to associate themselves with Dave Portnoy, who has a history of misogynistic comments and other problematic behavior,” Portnoy quoted.
Confronted with her own words, Heil confirmed she had sent the email. Yet, she reasoned that this particular email was the most “pointed of them,” as she “really did want them to respond.”
“Do you think that’s fair?” Portnoy asked. “I totally disagree with the assertions of what you said that I’m misogynic and all that stuff.”
This was followed by the two arguing about whether or not Heil denied saying those things.
The two eventually decided to have a phone interview at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Later on Wednesday, Portnoy provided an update regarding the scheduled phone discussion.
The @washingtonpost just cancelled the 10am call. Shocker. They proposed 5pm instead. I said 10am or nothing. They refused. What could suddenly be more important than this? The article has to come out Friday. So they'd leave themselves a few hours before going to print? ???????? https://t.co/qPQ77bXLcG
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 20, 2023
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