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HOLY. FREAKING. CRAP.

Posted on | September 18, 2011 | 155 Comments

Just now got in off the road, returning from Ohio where my wife’s parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. On the way — quite literally writing “on the road,” since the trip was seven hours — I composed a long post that I’ll put up later tonight.

But that’s going to have to wait a while, because I just logged on and saw this by Ladd Ehlinger and this by Dan Riehl. Both Dan and Ladd called me yesterday while I was driving to Ohio, but the cell-phone reception on the road was sufficiently crappy that I was unable to understand what they were talking about. And then I caught this link via Dan’s blog and . . .

HOLY. FREAKING. CRAP.

The blog-war aspect of this incident rather dwindles into insignficance when measured against the apparent willingness of a Las Vegas radio station to allow Mike Tyson to spew such filthy and derogatory racial stereotypes. Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clark writes:

Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson is under fire for “deplorable” and “stomach-churning” graphic sexual descriptions in a local radio interview about Sarah Palin’s alleged fling with Glen Rice.
The website, Mediaite.com, also leveled criticism at “Gridlock” hosts Mitch Moss and Paul Howard, of ESPN affiliate KWWN-AM, 1100/ 98.9 FM, for finding humor in Tyson’s shocking take.
“The fact that someone convicted of sex crimes even talked about it in such disturbingly gross ways”… and “so violently like this over mass media” raises serious questions, wrote Mediaite columnist Frances Martel.
Moss, who also serves as “Gridlock’s” program director, and Howard “cackled and guffawed in harmony at Tyson’s deplorable comment,” according to Martel.

Does FCC know about this? How about AttackWatch? Now that I think of it, have we heard from Jill Filipovic, Jessica Valenti, Melissa McEwan or any of the other feminists? Because if Sarah Palin weren’t a Republican, I think they’d probably be outraged by this.

UPDATE: Catching up, I see Jim Hoft wondering:

Is this it?  Is there anything else they could say about Sarah Palin?

Dunno. But if there is, they’ll say it.

UPDATE II: Greta Van Susteren calls out Tucker Carlson by name:

I keep asking myself, why would Tucker allow this to be posted on his website?  . . .
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.
I emailed Tucker yesterday and asked him about it.  He did not reply.  I wanted to know what action he was going to take about it since I really did not want to blog about it and felt some urge to protect him.  24 hours have passed and I have not heard from Tucker and it is still on the front page of his website.
So…I am calling him out on this.  This is not about whether you are in favor of Governor Palin’s policies or not — this is about whether women should be treated this way and whether this is journalism.  It is also about the willingness to stand up to a friend when he or she has gone way over the top and this is one instance where a friend has gone way over the top.
Tucker can’t hide behind ‘this is news, it was said by Mike Tyson and we are simply reporting it.’  It is not news.  This denigrates women.   He knows that, I know that, you know that. . . .

Much much more at the link, explaining how a story about what Mike Tyson said became a story about how the Daily Caller reported it.

UPDATE III: Tammy Bruce slammed Daily Caller on Twitter, as did Jedediah Bila, while Sissy Willis wrote a whole post about it.

UPDATE IV: Linked by Da Tech Guy and now a Memeorandum thread.


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  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Joe.Now get ready for the righteous indignation.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    No one that I know of told you to shut-up, Mr. Treacher, I certainly did not. Methinks it would be in your best interest to stop acting like a Boston Fishwife.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    @JeffS I bet you’re right, I never really thought of that. I was actually thinking it meant something worse than that. I was thinking “wombshifter” might have had something to do with some more Trig-Truther nonsense. I’m not really sure yet that it doesn’t. I guess I’m going to have to find some time to go the to DC and read this stupid article. If this is something Tyson said and they’re just reporting it, that’s one thing (though the reported sarcasm is something else again). But if Tucker Carlson and crew are throwing around words like “wombshifter” and other crap like that, someone needs to point out to them there is a party for passive-aggressive racists where they might be more comfortable. It’s called the Democratic Party.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    @JeffS I bet you’re right, I never really thought of that. I was actually thinking it meant something worse than that. I was thinking “wombshifter” might have had something to do with some more Trig-Truther nonsense. I’m not really sure yet that it doesn’t. I guess I’m going to have to find some time to go the to DC and read this stupid article. If this is something Tyson said and they’re just reporting it, that’s one thing (though the reported sarcasm is something else again). But if Tucker Carlson and crew are throwing around words like “wombshifter” and other crap like that, someone needs to point out to them there is a party for passive-aggressive racists where they might be more comfortable. It’s called the Democratic Party.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    As I wrote somewhere else: if TheDC had just reported it like Jim Hoft did over at Gateway Pundit, there wouldn’t have been the initial kerfuffle.

  • JeffS

    Tsk tsk, Mr. Treacher, tsk tsk!

    Sarcasm is an effective tool in an argument, but only when one does not use it frequently. 

    Deliberate obtuseness is seldom an effective tool in an argument.

    Tsk tsk!  Such petulance, Mr. Treacher.  Tsk tsk!

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    For me, Mr. Treacher’s morning e-mail was a breath of fresh air.  And I linked him often.

  • Anonymous

    They didn’t have to repeat slime….

    What was the point?

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I mentioned his name, Jeff, because I saw that Richard McEnroe had Tweeted about his reaction on Twitter.  I went to Mr. Teacher’s Twitter page and read his Tweets on the issue and was disappointed  ['sadly'] in his attitude towards those who were unhappy with TheDC’s actions in this matter.  As he waded into the matter, I felt it appropriate to mention that he did so.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    TPT: A good reporter would have called certain people for their reaction before printing the article, or would have made it an editorial posting like Jim Hoft did.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere
  • Garym

    Do I smell a downfall video coming? Maybe from someone with actual talent like FilmLadd.

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  • Joe

    Mike Tyson is a pig. 

  • http://www.pumas4palin.com sharmajee

    Palin suffered similar s**t headed foolishness from Sandra Bernhardt three years ago. Sarah has grace and wit enough to grit her teeth and bear it. Shame on the pigs involved. Already it’s 2008 all over again (sigh).

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Yes, very true. Even in my original example of a hard news story involving a tragedy like an earthquake, you try to get people’s reactions, statements from officials and relief organizations, etc.

  • Anonymous

    “legitimate news story” — you are full of it, Sir!
    DC has been in the dumps since it began, never rearing its sorry head above water. A most anticipated portal turned out to be a tedious turnoff. 

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Exactly.

  • Anonymous

    “I didn’t tell you to shut up. Now shut up.”

  • Anonymous

    You’re welcome.

  • Anonymous

    Okay then, apology rescinded.

  • Anonymous

    Troll: Somebody who keeps disagreeing with you even though you don’t like them.

  • Anonymous

    News should only be about nice people saying nice things. I know that now.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Sad.

  • Anonymous

     Whatever helps you sleep at night.

  • Wilsonia

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Sarah or any woman couldn’t get the nomination not because America isn’t ready for a woman prez but becuase the powers that be in the party aren’t ready.  Her biggest enemies will have be republicans and will be be old Beltway hands. Tucker may have thought this was funny  because Mrs. Palin is not his class or his kind and fair game. I don;t know what the answer is.  I do know one thing. If Romney gets the nominaton and that seems to be what the insider crew wants, I’ll just sit this election out.

  • Anonymous

    You write that like its a bad thing.

  • Anonymous

     Whoops, didn’t intend to hit the Like button on that.

  • Anonymous

     Dammit, hit like instead of reply again.  I need to get my mouse cleaned.

    Anyways, there’s a Grand Canyon-sized bit of difference between reporting that someone said something stupid and hateful, and putting that stupid and hateful bit in the HEADLINE.  It’s kind of like the difference between the sports announcer reporting that a streaker has run onto the field and the tv camera showing said streaker in their full Monty glory.

    You’re completely right that ‘this one’s different for some reason’.  It’s not our fault that you can’t seem to grasp what that ‘some reason’ is.

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  • http://twitter.com/LadyLiberty1885 Lady Liberty 1885

    I had a back and forth tweet argument of sorts with Jim Treacher of the DC on this very story just yesterday. My inital reaction was ‘why would anyone print anything that sack of convicted rapist crap has to say?’ and his ultimate response was that this was ‘newsworthy’.  I agreed to disagree and split the difference by saying it was News but not very worthy.

    I re-read it a few times and then came back with the opinion that the story was serving three purposes.
    1. It’s much needed attention for the DC, who has made some really sketchy choices in stories in the last year.
    2. It re-affirms Tyson to be the disgusting sack of crap he is.
    3. I hate to admit this, but It actually helps shred the credibility of the McGinniss book due out regarding the matter.

  • ThomasD

    4.  It provides cover for lefty blogs and new sites who want to traffic in the worst forms of character assassination.  After all, a ‘conserative’ website declared it ‘newsworthy.’

  • Wyoming_Navy_Admiral

    Sounds like the inner Puce is working his way out.

  • JeffS

    Thanks, Bob.  I’m not a Twitter fan, so I missed it. 

    Treacher brought the pox upon himself, then.  So be it.

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  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    That’s why the Tea Party should concentrate on electing more and more people to state and local offices, so eventually they can change the leadership of the party at all levels. That’s where the final battle will be fought, and how it will be won or lost.

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  • Anonymous

    4. It happened.

  • Anonymous

    Tissue?

  • Anonymous

    “Grrrr, angry!”

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a big problem.

  • Anonymous

    Until I dared to disagree with you. I’ll let you know when I start to rue that day.

  • Anonymous

    What is the purpose of a headline?

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  • Anonymous

    It’s the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and also, news shouldn’t make anybody angry.

  • Anonymous

    “I didn’t tell you to shut up! Now stop talking.”

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry, Finrod, I won’t tell anybody you accidentally blasphemed.