A case of a 21st-century pot calling the kettle black

Usually it’s the blogosphere where you find pieces criticizing mainstream media outlets on those occasions when they display an uncomfortable editorial tone-deafness, but in this case, the shoe is on the other foot and I can almost detect a faint tone of glee in the exposure.  Although to me, it just seems like another example of how the lines between old and new media blur a little more every day.

It makes me yearn for a simpler time when I could be disappointed by the Washington Post’s embrace of all things boobtastic.



Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, The Blogosphere

8 responses to “A case of a 21st-century pot calling the kettle black

  1. Walt

    A question is posed asking if the story would have been published if one of the editors had been female. I wonder if the story would have been written if the victims hadn’t been poor, black, drug offenders.


    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      My guess is that victims who are not poor, black, drug offenders might threaten to sue over a story like that.


      • DawgPhan

        or you know they wouldnt be victims of a crazy rapist who preyed on the marginalized members of society.

        He didnt pick them because he liked having sex with that group, he picked them because they are marginalized by society, because he knew no one would believe them if they spoke against the ex-athlete turned cop with a heart of gold.


        • Walt

          I don’t see the story being written to defend a man who raped a bunch of white women. The story would probably not have been written if the perp was a black man.


  2. Tronan

    The lines between old and new media are disappearing faster than human decency on Capitol Hill. The aforementioned, embarrassingly bad piece it just had to kill aside, SB Nation has many sites that are excellent sources of sports news and analysis. Obviously, GTP is one of my go-tos, as well. Sure, there’s more aggregation on GTP and the like than in the “paper” (which is nice, because you take time to read sources I may not find on my own), but there’s a lot of original insight and analysis, too – and at a level that is frequently superior to what’s coming out of, say, Mark Bradley’s word-hole.

    The SBN story on Holtzclaw is pretty bad, but almost all media, new and old, blow it sometimes. That doesn’t excuse shoddiness, but it’s never a bad idea for self-examination to follow observation of someone else’s mistake.


  3. DawgPhan

    Pretty surprised to see Hall get mixed up in this. You would think they would know better after the grantland piece that was referenced. He at least seems to be handling it better.

    I wonder what his good friend Holly Anderson thinks about this?


    • DawgPhan

      a quick check of sports twitter shows a noticeable amount of radio silence since the fearless leader is in the cross hairs.



  4. DawgPhan


    “It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    So when they arent busy shooting unarmed citizens they spend their time raping them. Or maybe writing me a ticket for an expired tag. All in a days work for the police I guess.