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    http://www.marketwatch.com/news/sto...-C3F1-4467-ADD4-3FF7A720D2FC&dist=SecMostRead

    I love the title: ESPN: The sports leader in embarrassment

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    Not a bad read...Glad to see someone call them out. But 3 incidents...is that really all they could come up with?
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    While he is completely right, the examples he gives are pretty lame and not very supportive of his argument.
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    #24 Jersey

    exactly I think there were plenty more and better examples.
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    He was pointing out three recent examples where ESPN went from in-your-face, obnoxious sports coverage into blantant political slander of sorts. While their coverage often toes that line (from their involvement in spygate/Specter's investigation, to Congressional hearings on steroids in baseball, to Vick's trial and the Duke lacrosse team and Imus/Rutgers basketball team), they really don't tend to make huge political statements like the three he mentioned.

    I really don't think he needed to point out that First Take and Around the Horn are an absolute waste of time, that most of their 'experts' are anything but and that their coverage of games can be borderline unwatchable...people know these things.
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    I see nothing innacurate or controversial about Bonnie Bernstein's comments regarding Palestinian suicide bombers. The idea ESPN forced her to apologize is despicable, and falls right in line with the rest of their nonsense.
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    C'monn, just because you agree with what she said doesn't make it any less controvertial, or any more appropriate, for a sports show. Making blanket statements about a nation's people is not ESPN's job.
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    Slightly OT, but I definitely agree...they made her apologize because she made the mistake of lumping all Palestinians in the same boat: "I was reading an article in the New York Times about Palestinian suicide bombers and I just remember being struck by the notion that from the point of birth, people in Palestine are taught to think that dying in the name of God is a good thing. They grow up wanting to be suicide bombers."

    Sure, it's true to a point and I think alot of people would agree that Palestine is a radical country full of political extremists, many of whom have died as suicide bombers. Her mistake was lumping everyone in the country together, which is nothing but semantics and another reason to hate the media: almost everything said gets taken far too literally, and people are far too sensitive and unrealistic in their views to understand that her comments aren't the issue, it's the friggin suicide bombers.
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    I see. So an accurate statement, offered without obscenity, should be censored if it offends. Welcome to totalitarianism.
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    This is America. We have to *****. We have to read every single word between the lines and pick at them and pay our lawyers thousands of dollars to make them say sorry.
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    That culture puts suicidal murderers on a pedestal and encourages children to become suicide bombers by using PUPPETS on children's TV programming.

    http://www.adl.org/main_Terrorism/hamas_media_hate_violence_children.htm

    http://www.infolive.tv/en/infolive....s-boy-stabbing-president-bush-death-white-hou
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    Yeah and I think we all hear about this crap way to much as it happens way to much. But when we turn to ESPN we want to hear sports not some self rightous b**** politicing and not just politicing but makking blanket statements about entire populations.
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    What are you smoking? All I'm saying is that a sports station should stick to covering sports, and not make controvertial statements about an entire people (and "accurate" is a point of debate, but that's not even relevant here).

    If I worked for Food TV and one day went on a rant about how Turkey should apologize for the Armenian genocide, that would be improper. I'm not saying the government should censor me, but Food TV certainly should if they care about sticking to the point and not alienating viewers. Politics doesn't need to be brought into every discussion.
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    Alright, but is her preaching--and this was one short rant--worthy of an apology? Again, she wasn't saying anything that people don't know, all she did that was offensible (to some) is 1) do it on a sports talk show, and 2) make it a broad, sweeping statement about all Palestinians. I have a slight problem with the first (but, since this seemed to have been a quick, tangental rant, I'm fine with it), and I personally don't have a problem with the second, though it appears many do.
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    And our culture puts non-sports on sports TV programming, which is really the issue here.
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    and please, pretty please, don't bring into sports of all places.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but i believe Bernstein apologized not because she brought up Palestinian suicide bombers, but because she compared them high school basketball players wanting to skip college to go to the NBA. All in all, it had no place in a sports discussion, though I didnt think she meant to lump all Palestinians together.
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