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Excellent point!...

While the media portrays the NFL as having a culture of domestic violence, they don't do the same with their very own industry...


Lo and behold, it seems that the media itself has a domestic violence problem. Ten cases discovered at first Google. Which is twice as many, to be specific, as the five cases that have had the media in such a frenzy over domestic violence in the National Football League.

Where are these ten cases to be found? Two cases at ESPN, with the rest spread out over affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and, yes, the New York Times. And there are others for television stations not affiliated with the major networks. With all this massive focus on what the Wall Street Journal calls “moral preening” in the media about domestic violence in the NFL — isn’t it a tad curious that the same “moral preening” is absent, that the camera never swings around to the media itself?

Five cases in the NFL have launched this media uproar, accompanied by an abundance of moral posturing. There has been no hesitation to spotlight the players named in those five cases: Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers, Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals, and Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers.

Not satisfied with simply reporting these five cases, the media has used them to paint the entire NFL as a veritable athletic Evil Empire of domestic abuse. Zeroing in like a laser on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and various team owners or coaches as so many major and minor Darth Vaders.

But we find accounts of journalists arrested for domestic violence pop up precisely as they do with the NFL — in isolated accounts across the country. The difference? For some curious reason the media does not take all these stories and tie them together to cast a shadow of doubt and suspicion on the entire media.

So let’s go to Mr. Google for a look at domestic violence in the media. Instead of naming names, I'll simply give the network involved and provide links to news accounts from the media itself. Names at this point are irrelevant. In the case of the NFL the media likes to insist there is a pattern of abuse, so we’ll focus on the pattern. There’s nothing secret here — no purloined court documents or leaked scoops.

ESPN: Two ESPN personalities have been arrested for domestic violence: the first in August 2010, the second in February 2011. In May 2011 the charges in the second case were dropped, with an agreement to accept six months of probation.

CBS: In 2009, the CBS affiliate WJZ in Baltimore saw a longtime reporter arrested and two years later re-arrested in a domestic violence case.

CBS: In February 2013, CBS New York affiliate WCBS saw its anchor arrested and making local headlines with a threat to kill his wife. He later “completed a 26-week program for those involved in family violence as well undergoing psychological and substance evaluation and treatment,” after which the judge in the case permitted him “to take back his guilty pleas to second-degree threatening and breach of peace charges [were] dropped.

CBS: Last year, KCTV, the network’s Kansas City affiliate, saw its anchor arrested on a domestic violence charge.

ABC: The ABC Milwaukee affiliate’s sports director was arrested for domestic violence in 2012. A month afterwards the decision was made by the local prosecutor not to charge him.

ABC: The Asheville, North Carolina ABC affiliate saw a reporter and his wife arrested last fall and charged with “misdemeanor assault.” Both declined to press charges.

ABC: The New York WABC outlet found its weatherman caught up in a charge of “misdemeanor assault” last year.

NBC: A female anchor at NBC’s El Paso affiliate was arrested on a domestic violence charge last year.

New York Times: Yes, a Times journalist — who also worked for CBS — was arrested for “disorderly conduct” in May 2011 after an argument with his wife “turned physical,” according to the New York Daily News. The Daily News also reported that the same week of his arrest he spoke at — you can’t make it up — a “conference… that benefited victims of domestic violence.”

One could go on. But here are ten cases of media personalities — two of them from ESPN — being arrested on charges of domestic violence or “misdemeanor assault” or some such. Here are people who cover sports news and plain old fashioned vanilla news, both of which are filled — by the media itself — with stories of violence. All work in a profession that is intensely competitive. Is there a connection? A causal factor — as is claimed with the NFL? Does all that tension in the newsroom workplace spill over into violence on the home front? The media isn’t saying. In fact, a couple years back, one of those ESPN personalities arrested for domestic violence was busy writing about the NFL’s “culture of violence.”
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Excellent point!...

While the media portrays the NFL as having a culture of domestic violence, they don't do the same with their very own industry...

Nice post red - should have got some debate and responses, maybe it still will. The television news business is exceptionally competitive as is radio, loaded with personalities willing to sacrifice almost anything for 10-minutes in front of a television camera. The most coveted jobs, of course, are in national television, or major market's like NYC; Boston; Philadelphia; Chicago; Detroit; Los Angeles; Miami.

Down here in Florida, even up in Virginia Beach where I lived for many years, cub tv reporter's, usually referred to as interns, were routinely sent out to the most dangerous areas of the beaches whenever nasty hurricane or tropical storm warnings occur. Up and down the East Coast, from Key West to the Jersey Shore, you have these kids (average age 21-25), wearing yellow parkas, standing on the beaches, being blasted by hurricane speed winds and sand, just to report the progress as "public service" of the storm.

Everything they do with that story, can be done just as easily in a safe studio, but of course, it is a story they want to sell for ratings. Wouldn't surprise me if most network executives are just hoping one of these cub reporters gets swept up, and flies away on network television, like the witch in the movie "The Wizard of Oz." Be even better if it is a female cub reporter who gets swept up, viewers would eat it up.

When I asked some of my media friends about this, they tell me these kids fight and plead for those assignments, anything whatsoever to get in front of the camera and be "discovered." Can't imagine or begin to count how many of "The Weather Channel" female announcers have moved into prime time news reporting - it is a dog eat dog world of pressure, all done with smoke and mirrors.

As for the media's pursuit of the "culture of violence" in the NFL. Nothing wrong with pursuing the story. The Miami Dolphins last year lost two starters because one decided to haze a rookie in the locker room, the owner, coach, general manager, all had no knowledge of the incident's, and none of their players were forthcoming with the bullying incidents - until the guy filed a harassment lawsuit against the team and the NFL. He won't have an NFL career, both are out of the league in their prime, but he will get rich, and deservedly so, off of the lawsuit, when the team and the league pays up. The player was actually in fear of his life every time he entered that locker room, and nobody on the team stepped up to say a damn thing. This on a team that lives on the stellar reputation of elder statesman Don Shula and Dan Marino, a host of Hall of Famers, and once was headed by Nick Saban, college football's mirror to Bill Belichek of the Patriots.

Integrity wise and intelligence wise, sports announcers are lower than the weather people when it comes to America's media. All you need is a look, the gift of gab, and a chance, and you are on the air. Guys like Steven A. Smith; Charles Barkley; Shaquelle O'Neil; Terry Bradshaw, et al, may be good on the intricacies of the game, the X's & O's, but when it comes to the leadership roles and role models, none of them knows a thing. You toss in guys like Cowhead; Mike & Mike; Stu Gotts; Dan LeBatard, and none of them could form a successful NFL fantasy team, let alone comment or report intelligently on workplace violence or domestic violence and come across as believable.

Football in particular, is the most violent of the games. The successful players at the NFL level have been groomed and protected from Pee Wee through High School, college and on into the pro ranks above the average citizen who pays the fare to see them play a violent game. A game which really boils down to men wearing uniforms of one color, knocking heads for with men wearing uniforms of another color for 60-minutes. It is entertainment for the masses, and the masses eat it up. Successful sports teams give cities pride, loyalty, bragging rights, and bring in bucks. If you are lucky enough to host the Super Bowl, which Miami has done eleven times, the last one, the New Orleans - Indianapolis game, added $465 million dollars into the local economy of Miami-Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Domestic violence in the league is a very small elephant in the room, when one puts it up against the big bucks sports teams generate among their fans, and for their cities.

Why any citizen thinks that the NFL, which survives weekly on drugs, legal or otherwise, or Major League Baseball with its enhancement-era steroid years, is any different than the average hassled citizen working at a desk job, or construction job, teacher's, law enforcement officers (most predictable profession to eat a bullet), is any different, surprises me.

It all started with the O.J. Simpson case. He was the most well liked athlete, actor than announcer in America when he played pro football, but it never came out in the press that during his years in Buffalo, he was arrested five times for beating his first wife regularly, and never convicted once. Up in small market Buffalo in 1968, Simpson was Shamu the Whale, dropped into a lunch bucket sports town with all the money in the world to spend. A Southern Cal, Heisman Trophy winner, loose in a small city.

Buffalo Police used to give his white limo a police escort when he went out on the town with a bevy of beauties and his close pal, Al Cowens (who drove the white Bronco in Los Angeles that day). I never knew Al Cowens and O.J. Simpson not to be together in public, ever. Cowens never left his side - on the playing field or off. I observed O.J. Simpson actually snort cocaine off of the bar at one of the cities hot spot restaurant's (yea Buffalo does have some), one Friday night when he walked in, accompanied by four females and his entourage, picked up the tabs for everybody in the house, got his drink, and snorted his coke.

He had a police officer in plainclothes, a guy I knew, at his side when he did it. You don't destroy your number one sports god, particularly in rabid sports starved communities like Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Boston, etc. And O.J. wasn't the first. When the Buffalo Bills drafted UM troublemaker, but talented RB Willis McGahee, his short stint up there, he got five women pregnant, and married none of them. Marshawn Lynch of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks did the same thing, no morality or ethics whatsoever, the late team owner Ralph Wilson dumped them on the NFL marketplace because of their reputations for trouble and skirt chasing up there, and their careers were quickly over, at least with the Bills.

With all the money, looks and fame in the world, Tiger Woods would suffer the same fate here in South Florida, having a hit and run car accident, with his girlfriend in the vehicle - a stunning blond - but, well, she just didn't happen to be his wife. She was in his $11 million dollar mansion a few miles up the road in Jupiter, Florida, and rushed to the accident scene, for a huge surprise.

Even a clean cut NASCAR race driver like star Jeff Gordon, who married Brooke, the Winston Cup calendar girl, got hit with domestic assault charges that led to a major and nasty divorce. Of course, we all know what happened to O.J.'s second wife Nicole and her boyfriend. If O.J. didn't use that knife on them, than Al Cowen's did. It took strong, athletic men to mutilate those poor victims like their bodies were found.

The player throwing the left hook in the elevator during the altercation with his girlfriend? Come on, we all saw her head snap, like an Ali clean cut left jab. Kobe Bryant, not content with fame and fortune, let alone money, raped a star struck hat check girl in Aspen, Colorado.

Pittsburgh Steelers star QB, Ben Rothlesberger (however ya spell that long Polish name), had oral sex with a college coed in the men's room of a school's Student Union bar. This, after he had accumulated a couple of Super Bowl trophies. If Big Ben wanted to leave something for those college twinkees to remember him by, he should have had a photographer on hand to take photograph's and signed autographs, not urinal time.

Bringing us the the Adrian Peterson case. These guys know how to run with a football, but not how to run their lives. I can't possibly imagine the mindset that a professional football player, with his strength, is thinking, to use that strength on a four year old child, who he stripped naked, and whipped with a switch? The media is right to go after the NFL on this - Peterson should never again be allowed on an NFL playing field, or given one of those stupid "talking head" positions in a television studio. That activity calls for a life time ban from the game. Players have been banned for less.

Guess what I am saying is that the media is hypocrites, think you believe that also, and why that surprises any body, don't know. In every profession, we will run across domestic violence of some type, the exception isn't athletics, particularly the big time ones like the NCAA and NFL football organizations. They play a horribly rough game, one that leaves most of them physically scarred for life, many with concussion problems after their playing career's end (average NFL career - all players - 3.5 years).

That they would be violent to their wives, girlfriends and children, just a given considering they are dishing out and receiving violence every day of their playing careers. I applaud the media for going after them, would hope the media would hold itself up to the same standard that they criticize the athletes for, but you know that is never going to happen. America's media never looks inward for the story.......STFN
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Journalists need more protection in Mexico...

Mexican President Pena Nieto calls for more protection of journalists
Thursday 18th May, 2017 - Shouts of “justice” echoed from the press corps Wednesday moments after Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto called for a moment of silence for journalists who have been murdered at a frightening pace.
The president’s hastily called meeting with his security cabinet and the country’s governors was meant to show a united response to the slaying of reporters from one corner of Mexico to the other so far this year. On Monday, Javier Valdez in Culiacan, Sinaloa, became the sixth journalist slain in less than three months in six different states. “Violence can’t be part of daily life,” Pena Nieto said. “Each crime against a journalist is a strike against freedom of expression and the press and the citizenry.” The gathering was titled “actions for freedom of expression and protection of journalists and defenders,” but as is customary, Pena Nieto did not take questions.

The president sketched out three measures, but without details. He promised more resources to help journalists under threat and for the special prosecutor’s office tasked with investigating crimes against journalists. Both measures have so far proven ineffective in stopping the bloodshed among the country’s media workers. Mexico ranks behind only Syria and Afghanistan for such murders. Pena Nieto also called for better co-ordination between federal and state authorities and the development of protocols for handling such investigations.

Candles adorn posters with a picture of murdered journalist Javier Valdez and the words "Justice! No to silence!" during a demonstration outside the Interior Ministry in Mexico City

While slayings of journalists draw attention, they are not an aberration in a country with steadily deteriorating security. Homicides in general were up 29 per cent in the first quarter of 2017. Pena Nieto seemed to allude to that fact, saying: “The murder of journalists and human rights defenders often is a symptom of greater phenomenon of impunity.” Also Wednesday, Sinaloa state Attorney General Juan Jose Rios said the circumstances of Valdez’s killing point to him having been targeted because of his journalistic work.

Rios added that measures were being taken to protect Valdez’s family as well as Riodoce, the publication Valdez helped found. The previous evening, several hundred journalists gathered in front of Mexico’s Interior Department to protest the killings. One of them, Alejandro Paez Varela, content director for the online outlet SinEmbargo.mx, said Valdez’s murder — in broad daylight and just a block from Riodoce’s office — was a demonstration of impunity. “They kill because they can kill. And they kill because they never go after them,” said Paez Varela. “That is the federal government’s fault.”

Mexican President Pena Nieto calls for more protection of journalists - The Globe and Mail
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