Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sexual Violence,, ESPN Radio and the Daily Caller

UPDATE: The ESPN hosts who laughed at Tyson's violent sex talk and apparently agree that white women* have a thing for sex with blacks are:

Mitch Moss
Paul Howard
Seat Williams

H/T Dana Loesch

The Daily Caller posted an article by Jeff Poor which consists basically of vile remarks Mike Tyson made on ESPN Radio. The remarks laughingly call for violent sex with women--especially Sarah Palin. The ESPN Radio interviewers laugh throughout an interview in which Tyson calls for the kind of sex which causes "Pushing her guts up in the back of her head!" or "Just imagine Palin with a big old black stallion ripping. Yeehaw!”

(Update: working link here)

That's the sort of talk one would expect from convicted rapist Mike Tyson, but unfortunately it's also clearly the kind of thing the ESPN radio guys laugh at.

I went to the ESPN radio site, and the link for comments on their programs was sponsored by Not particularly smart for a flower delivery company to be sponsoring shows that promote "rough sex" with women in general and Sarah Palin in particular and laugh about it.

Not great for ESPN either. Not exactly family friendly radio you'd want to listen to with your kids or wife or anyone you hope thinks you are a good and caring person. If this is the kind of thing they laugh at on the air what kind of violence do they think is funny in private comments? The ESPN brand now makes me gag.

Unfortunately the Daily Caller, which may have had good intentions in calling ESPN radio out (but didn't), first posted the comments without the current mild disclaimer which was posted after they got lots of flack from people like Dan Riehl and Greta Van Susteren.
"Editor’s note:

"Many of the quotes in this story are offensive, indeed repulsive, and not suitable for younger readers or those who are easily shocked. They are also newsworthy. Had Tyson used this language to attack virtually any other person in public life, he’d be vilified on the front page of the New York Times. But you won’t read these quotes in the Times. We believe they deserve public scrutiny and condemnation."
Even the disclaimer is clueless. Nothing about ESPN radio interviewers laughing or the promotion of violence against women in general and Sarah Palin in particular. Unfortunately, the Daily Caller guys still don't get how vile this is. Matt K. Lewis, a usually level-headed guy, calls the comments just "inappropriate".

Apparently the people at the Daily Caller are deep in group think and can't see the difference between vile, violent imagery and merely inappropriate language. Like Greta Van Susteren, I can't believe that either Tucker Carlson or Matt K. Lewis would think it only "inappropriate" if the names of their wives or daughters were substituted for Palin's. I'll close with Greta's take which says it well [emphasis in the original].
I really don’t understand my friend Tucker Carlson. He owns the website The Daily Caller and it currently has on its front page the most vile story — referring to a sex act with Governor Sarah Palin as a “womb shifter.” It is even the headline. Do you know what that means? Figure it out It is really vile. It is not just smut…this is violence against women.

The “womb shifter” reference reported in the story is only the tip of the ice berg in terms of the vile nature of the posting. I am sparing you the details. To show you how bad it is, however, I have put a screen grab up of the front page reference on Tucker’s website. (I am deliberately not putting the link up since I am not going to help Tucker be a pig…he apparently can do it all himself without my help.)
. . .
I don’t like it when I see that my friends do disgraceful things – but we need to start calling out even our friends to stop this. Tucker has daughters and a wife and I would think he in particular would not want to be a purveyer of smut (and this is actually more, this is violence against women) and allow this to be posted on his website. There is nothing funny about violence against women and repeating what a thug (I thought – even hoped – Tyson had outgrown that) says on a radio show is also not news. I know he loves his wife and children and would never want this said or reported about them….so why is it ok to report about another? This is not news."
. . .
"In case you have any doubt, there is an easy test as to whether this is deeply wrong. To all you Palin haters out there, ask yourself, would this be ok if this were written about others – eg Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? or Speaker Nancy Pelosi or any other woman leader? or put in the name of your mother….your daughter…your own name…your sister…etc."
. . .
"I hope Tucker does something about this. For starters, he should pull the posting down and then fire anyone who used this bad judgment and was part of posting it. This is not journalism. It is denigrating women."
*“'[I]n life in general you know … everybody got to get that out of their system when they get out of college,' [Tyson] said. 'If you’re a black man, every white girl, every uppity middle class … everybody got to get their share of love.'”

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