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Mothership lets a racial slur slip in a headline on its mobile browser

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by biggy0125, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. biggy0125

    biggy0125 Member

    Apparently "Linsanity" preoccupies ESPN to the point that they don't give thought to headlines any more. After Lin and the Knicks lost last night in New Orleans, ESPN's mobile browser ran the following headline:

    "Chink In The Armor"

    Wow.

    https://twitter.com/#!/michaelgbenner/status/170775247736406016/photo/1 <----- Screen Cap that I don't know how to hyperlink.
     
  2. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

  3. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    It was bound to happen. Heads should roll.
     
  4. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    The apology:

    www.espnmediazone3.com/us/2012/02/18/statement-on-new-york-knicks-jeremy-lin-headline/
     
  5. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    I'm glad they apologized, but why isn't there a link on the espn.com front page? I guess it is the WWL.
     
  6. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    haven't they done this before?
     
  7. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Front page 'Corrections' tab.

    espn.go.com/espn/corrections
     
  8. The game was in New York.
     
  9. blog415

    blog415 Member

    yes they did it before too when USA basketball was in china in 2008 for Olympics. The screen capture of that headline is here as well as the Lin screen capture AND the ePN anchor saying chink on air

    http://dwizzlesworld.blogspot.com/2012/02/espns-racial-slur-on-jeremy-lin.html
     
  10. 30

    30 Member

    inexcusible. Blatent racism.
     
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    This is pretty bad, obviously.

    But only one page? I guess I'll say it's a Saturday, but something this bad by the Mothership in the past has drawn a ton more responses. Hell, Bruce Feldman drew, what, double-digit pages? We're not even at double-digit replies here.

    But, as Jim Healy would say about this situation, heads will roll.
     
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Inexcusable. If this had happened at a competitor, ESPN would have pounded the hell out of them. I can already hear the opening bars to "Outside the Lines: Media racism and Jeremy Lin", Mike & Mike on their morning soapbox, Skip Bayless ranting (oh wait, that's just his regular tone), you name it.

    Instead it's on the espn.com corrections page, which I didn't even know existed. Puhleeze.

    (As an aside, I was impressed to see on that page that they corrected a point spread that turned a Hammerin' Hank tie into a loss. Bwahaha.)
     
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