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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Political Correctness Drives 'Em Nuts

And makes journalists something less than journalists.

In an Associated Press story from yesterday (see "ESPN fires employee for headline on Jeremy Lin") we learn the following:
Bristol, Conn. (AP) — ESPN fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

The headline Friday on ESPN's mobile website was used for a story about a New York loss in which Lin had nine turnovers. The headline was an idiom that contains a word that also can be used as a slur against Chinese.

Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.

In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologized for that headline and said it is aware of two other "offensive and inappropriate" comments. An ESPNEWS anchor who used the same phrase was suspended for 30 days. The cable network said a similar reference was made on ESPN Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.
So what's missing in this report story?

Only the most important elements:

What was written.

Who got fired for writing it.

Who received a suspension for saying similar things to that which isn't divulged in this sorry excuse for journalism.


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For the rest of the story we turn to the New York Daily News, where journalism hasn't given way to "avoidance of expressions or actions that can be perceived to exclude or marginalize or insult people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against."  (A reasonable definition of the term, "political correctness.")

Why do these people tie themselves in knots so.