WHEN WILL WASHINGTON POST APOLOGIZE FOR RIDICULOUS SEAN TAYLOR HEADLINE?
The media is under heavy criticism for the coverage of the Sean Taylor tragedy in the days immediately following his death. Taylor’s friends and family think it was unfair to trot out the 24-year old criminal history the day he died.
One of the things that I hope comes out of this tragedy is that the media get a small lesson in grace and humility,” said Florida City mayor Otis Wallace, a friend of the Taylor family. “For those who took the liberty of recklessly speculating that this young man’s death was caused by the way he lived, all I can say is they should be ashamed.”
I went into full Law & Order mode on the Mr. Sunshine Show on Tuesday on FoxSportsRadio1460. Examining the early evidence and stating it was possible that the shooting wasn’t random. It could’ve been someone from his past exacting revenge. It appears now the story was somewhere in the middle. The suspects did know Taylor but weren’t in his house with the goal of murdering him. We simply gave out the facts and made sure to mention on multiple occasions…this was a tragedy and he absolutely did not deserve this fate.
The Washington Post and columnist Leonard Shapiro, well their approach was a lot more extreme with this headline…
“Taylor’s Death Is Tragic but Not Surprising”
Excerpts from Shapiro’s story:
At the moment, it is far too soon to draw any conclusions as to how or why this tragedy occurred, why another young black man is now dead from a gunshot wound in his own home, why another athlete, Michael Vick, Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, and now Sean Taylor becomes headline news for all the wrong reasons.
Boy, this looks like a slight rush to judgement. The circumstances of Taylor’s death don’t resemble in anyway the filthy ways of Vick, Jones and Johnson.
More from Shapiro:
Still, could anyone honestly say they never saw this coming? You’d have to be blind not to consider Taylor’s checkered past.
Wow, this looks awful now that more of the facts are coming out. Taylor did nothing to court his murder.
I just wonder what kind of s**tstorm the Washington Post would be dealing with if they wrote the same sort of headline/story involving a Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian rape —
KARDASHIAN RAPE IS TRAGIC, BUT NOT SURPRISING.
Afterall, both “celebs” have made and profited from their own pornographic DVD’s. Couldn’t we draw the conclusion that with their lack of moral fiber they deserved to be raped?
That premise is ridiculous considering the Taylor scenario involved a black athlete and the hypothetical Hilton/Kardashian story revolves around white women.Explore posts in the same categories: MMA, UFC