NBC Sports Blog Lifts Steel Curtain on ESPN’s Roethlisberger Rape Embargo

by matttbastard

If only the GENERAL mainstream media establishment would go after each other with this kind of righteous gusto when warranted — as is DEFINITELY the case here:

“We really don’t want our coverage of the civil lawsuit filed against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to become an exercise in the bashing of ESPN.  We’ve got some friends who work there (maybe not as many after today), and we don’t generally believe that the network is evil or corrupt or otherwise nasty.

“However, we do believe that the network is way too large for its own good, and that unless and until a true competitor emerges, it’s up to everyone else to point out those occasions when the emperor is riding both bareback and bareassed.

“The handling of the Roethlisberger case makes us wonder whether there’s a complete firewall between the business functions of ESPN and its journalistic activities.  We say this because we’re convinced that the Roethlisberger story initially was ignored due to concerns that ESPN would be jeopardizing its access to the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, who also happens to play for the team with the most loyal and rabid fan base in America.

The entire post is a must-read, take-no-prisoners smackdown that shows ESPN to indeed “be riding both barebacked and bareassed” (first uncovered by NBC Sports here). And it would seem that the spanking has made an impact, as ProFootballTalk reports in an update:

Technically, ESPN is now acknowledging the report, albeit unwittingly.  As of this posting, the “Top Stories From ABC News” box on ESPN.com’s various pages includes the headline, “Woman:  Super Bowl QB Raped Me.”

Again, if only…

h/t WAM! co-founder & Yes Means Yes co-editor Jaclyn Friedman

(Her take on the Roethlisberger rape suit and ESPN’s initial refusal to cover the story here)

Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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3 Responses to NBC Sports Blog Lifts Steel Curtain on ESPN’s Roethlisberger Rape Embargo

  1. AARON says:

    MIKE FRANCESA MADE STATEMENTS TODAY REGARDING ESPN NOT REPORTING ON THE A CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST BEN ROSELESBURGER.

    THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE AND ESPN HAS BEEN REPORTING AND COVERING THE SITUATION. I DON’T BELEIVE FRANCESA WAS DELIBERATELY SLANDERING ESPN. NEVERTHELESS, THAT SEEMS TO BE THE CASE.

    WHATEVER PROBLEMS FRANCESA HAS WITH ESPN – HE SHOULD AT LEAST REPORT THE FACTS – NOT MAKE OBVIOUSLY FALSE STATEMENTS ON THE AIR. IT INSULTS THE FANS AND MAKE HIM AND WFAN LOOK LIKE FOOLS.

    I LIKE MIKE – BUT HE DOES NOT ALWAYS SPEAK FROM FACTS – ONLY HIS REALITY.

  2. matttbastard says:

    MIKE FRANCESA MADE STATEMENTS TODAY REGARDING ESPN NOT REPORTING ON THE A CIVIL LAWSUIT AGAINST BEN ROSELESBURGER.

    I don’t know what you’re referring to, but it has nothing to do with what is being touched upon here. The ProFootballTalk posts are from Tuesday, not today. As noted, ESPN has subsequently begun to report on the suit.

    Whatever this Francesa character is saying ON THE RADIO has nothing to do with what has been reported in the two linked posts.

    Less BLOCK CAPS, more reading comprehension, plz.

  3. deBeauxOs says:

    Good blogpost mattt, great connections and invaluable links.

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