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12:06 PM on 04/20/2010
Get your facts straight: the media is lynching Roethlisberger:

http://ludwig.squarespace.com/politics-journal/2010/4/15/the-media-lynching-of-ben-roethlisberger.html
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Dexter Rogers
12:56 PM on 04/20/2010
I tell you what you do. You post this link along with what I wrote and you let the people decide who is right and who is wrong. How about it?
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11:40 AM on 04/20/2010
In all fairness, Tiger Woods is a much, much, much bigger star worldwide than is Ben Roethlisberger. The nature of the charges against Roethlisberger aren't something that make for good jokes either. Tiger was a huge star with a very family friendly image who got caught with his hand in several cookie jars. If you want to compare the racial aspect of the coverage, compare the coverage of Roethlisberger's situation to Kobe Bryant's similar situation in Colorado years ago. Again, Kobe is a bigger star than Ben, and I would say that Kobe's case got more media attention, but the overwhelming majority of sports writers and commentators believed in Kobe and he was ultimately vindicated.
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Dexter Rogers
12:58 PM on 04/20/2010
You make some good points but it doesn't change the fact that African-Americans get covered with a higher level of persistence. IF Big Ben were African-American do you think he coverage would be the same or more?
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03:03 PM on 04/20/2010
If Ben were African American he would definitely get more coverage, not in small part because African American Superbowl winning QBs are a rarity in the NFL.
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Clancy Weeks
11:39 AM on 04/20/2010
I'm not buying it. I see racism as a factor in many issues of the day (even though I'm white) but this may be something entirely different.

Let's face it... commenting on someone's infidelity is fair game (though boring to me). *Especially* when it has been admitted to by the offender. Rothlesberger's case is different: he is accused of *crimes* and has *not* admitted guilt. A lot of reporters are fearful of looking like they are convicting someone before they have their day in court. That is the basis of our legal system, and most reporters, I think, still get it right. In Tiger's case there simply are no legal issues to get in the way of a good joke, or story.

That being said, I'm tired of all the Tiger bashing in general. Yes, he cheated on his wife (we think... who knows? Maybe they had an "agreement" that she felt he took too far...) but it is not a crime. It is between the two of them. There is no such thing as "sexual addiction." Like 99.99% of the rest of the planet, he likes sex.

Next story, please...
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MyNameIsJames
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12:02 PM on 04/20/2010
No One really expect you to buy it. That is why African Americans continue to agitate in order to get fair treatment. Many White males have a convenient blind spot when it comes to these types of issues. But people other than White males are not going to wait for White males to take the lead on fairness and equality in this nation. Those two aspirations are best exemplified by the people whose ox is being gored!
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Dexter Rogers
01:03 PM on 04/20/2010
Right on! The "few" mainstream African-Americans are fearful of REALL bringing items like this to the forefront. The athletes are afraid. We know Obama won't touch race. Look at how he handled the Henry Louis Gates situation. Those who know MUST put these issues out in the forefront on a consistent basis. Things are still not right. Until isues like media coverage, racism in society and sports are addressed we ALL will continue to functon on myth instead of historical fact.
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pecosdog
this sht writes itself
12:07 PM on 04/20/2010
The first two comments here about nail it, I guess I don't need to add anything.
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Dexter Rogers
01:04 PM on 04/20/2010
Right on:)