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    Could YOU get away being the one responsible for a blunder as stupid as this as part of your job, and not get fired?

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    ESPN has apologized for using a racial slur in a headline for a story on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. ESPN ran the headline "Chink in the Armor" after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night on its mobile website that could be seen on phones and tablet computers. Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.
    Meanwhile, at the federal govt level, it seems about anything passes - I don't see that there has even been an apology from the department yet.

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    A luxury undercover boat purchased with fines collected from fishermen was used by federal fishery police to visit dockside restaurants with friends and for high-speed "pleasure cruising," according to documents released Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bought the 35-foot boat for about $300,000, so its law enforcement officers could covertly monitor whether whale watch boats in Washington's Puget Sound were harassing the animals. But the documents indicate the boat was rarely used for official business. "It was a fishermen-funded party boat for bureaucrats," U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said on the Senate floor Friday.
    I should not read the paper on a Saturday morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amati View Post
    I should not read the paper on a Saturday morning.
    Both of those stories are terrible, but honest truths of two types of abuses going on in America. Racial slurs are constant still in spoken, written, and broadcast situations.
    And then there's the abuses of money by 'public servants' within all levels of government. Just plain sucks for sure!

    And addressing the quote above... we want to be informed but it sure is hard to find much 'good' in the news eh?!
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    'Chink in the Armor' is not any way even close to a racial slur, despite it's 'leaving the door open' to nasty flies and other pests.

    'Chink in the Armory!', now that would be a racial slur headliner!
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    Quote Originally Posted by salmoned View Post
    'Chink in the Armor' is not any way even close to a racial slur, despite it's 'leaving the door open' to nasty flies and other pests.

    'Chink in the Armory!', now that would be a racial slur headliner!
    It would not be advisable to use any term in reference to a person towards which it could be construed as a slur.

    Having said that, I don't think anyone should lose their job over this. Calling for someone's head over this incident would be an example of political correctness run amok.
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    Wording like that doesn't make it to air without many eyes/ears being aware. That it passed multi-muster to do so show's a low degree of civil morality and high stupidity at the network. But it's always good to shine a light on this kind of crap, sunlite kills germs.

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    The only crap here is the pretense of racial slur. Lin has been a short-term knight-in-shining-armor for his team and he had a 'bad' day. There's the chink - where's the slur? I'll tell you - in the minds of flies and other pests only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salmoned View Post
    The only crap here is the pretense of racial slur. Lin has been a short-term knight-in-shining-armor for his team and he had a 'bad' day. There's the chink - where's the slur? I'll tell you - in the minds of flies and other pests only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salmoned View Post
    'Chink in the Armor' is not any way even close to a racial slur
    Quote Originally Posted by salmoned View Post
    The only crap here is the pretense of racial slur.
    Yeah, keep thinking those happy thoughts. It would be interesting to watch you toss that word around my neighborhood and see how happy you feel afterwards.
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    ESPN employee responsible has been fired.
    http://frontrow.espn.go.com/2012/02/...nt-and-action/

    Turns out there was also a similar statement made on ESPN Radio, by a commentator.

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    ooooooo, sal's not going to like this.

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    While I have often heard the phrase "chink in the armor" (I'm a medieval history buff with interest in weapons and armors of knights) used, it can be construed as a racial slur, albeit accidental not premeditated, unless proven otherwise.

    But then those incarcerated in prisons are not mostly hardened criminal but people who make bad mistakes or a bad choice. It is unfortunate someone has to be fired for this particular incident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    ESPN employee responsible has been fired.
    Ironically, the central figure in this whole tempest-in-a-teapot thinks this incident has been blown way out of proportion by those demanding for their pound of flesh.

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/b...l?id=139636483

    ďI donít think it was on purpose or whatever, but (at) the same time they have apologized. And so from my end I donít care anymore,Ē Lin said after leading the Knicks to a 104-97 win over Dallas on Sunday. ďHave to learn to forgive, and I donít even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.Ē
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Ironically, the central figure in this whole tempest-in-a-teapot thinks this incident has been blown way out of proportion by those demanding for their pound of flesh.

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/b...l?id=139636483
    The fired editor gives his side:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...icle-1.1025566

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    Lin is a class act; he sets a wonderful example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    Lin is a class act; he sets a wonderful example.
    True, Jeremy Lin showed grace. But also, possibly some business savvy.

    ESPN is part of a large media conglomerate that also includes ABC and Disney, among others.

    By readily accepting ESPN's mea culpa and not attempting to rake the sports network over the coals, Lin is making himself the kind of celebrity-athlete who would be very attractive to the entertainment and corporate community. Just think of what one company like ABC/Disney could do for him. Commercial endorsements. TV show/movie appearances. Maybe even an announcing gig after his playing career is over.

    He did the exact opposite of what some other "aggrieved" athletes do. Associate themselves with a publicity-hungry civil rights leader and make the round of appearances on talk shows and cable TV news programs, just to vent and cry "foul!" against the offender. Lin would have had every right to take that course. But wisely, he refrained. And if you ask me, a lot of guys in sports could learn a thing or two from this Harvard grad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    ESPN is part of a large media conglomerate that also includes ABC and Disney, among others.
    True, but to be more precise it's Disney that owns the conglomerate.
    That includes Disney owning ESPN and ABC, and they also own Pixar Animation, Touchstone Pictures, various cable networks (including A&E, the Lifetime networks, the History channel, the Biography channel, and many more), cruise ships, and of course numerous parks and resorts.
    And all of that is just the best known companies that Disney owns. There are several dozen more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    True, but to be more precise it's Disney that owns the conglomerate.
    That includes Disney owning ESPN and ABC, and they also own Pixar Animation, Touchstone Pictures, various cable networks (including A&E, the Lifetime networks, the History channel, the Biography channel, and many more), cruise ships, and of course numerous parks and resorts.
    And all of that is just the best known companies that Disney owns. There are several dozen more.
    Yes, LN. You are right on all counts. Though of course, this talk about Jeremy Lin having an association with Disney is purely speculative. I only used this particular conglemerate as an example of the possibilities that lie before the Knicks' point guard. I could have talked about Proctor & Gamble or General Electric instead. So a comprehensive, blow-by-blow description of the Disney empire was well beyond the scope of what I was talking about.

    My point is that Lin's classy and graceful handling of ESPN's snafu bodes well for the variety of business opportunities that wait for him outside the basketball court.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Yes, LN. You are right on all counts.
    Yeah, that's a bad habit of mine.

    I could have talked about Proctor & Gamble or General Electric instead. So a comprehensive, blow-by-blow description of the Disney empire was well beyond the scope of what I was talking about.
    It wasn't very "comprehensive," it was only a couple of sentences. And it was just because the use of Disney caught my eye since I did a lot of sailboat racing with Roy Disney.

    My point is that Lin's classy and graceful handling of ESPN's snafu bodes well for the variety of business opportunities that wait for him outside the basketball court.
    I agree 100%. The way he's handled things for the past few weeks is very impressive.
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