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Re: ESPN Fires Editor, Suspends Anchor (Was: Racist ESPN headline)

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sun Feb 19 17:49:04 2012, in response to Re: ESPN Fires Editor, Suspends Anchor (Was: Racist ESPN headline), posted by italianstallion on Sun Feb 19 15:58:43 2012.

There seems to be even more to the story here, if the DN is to be believed. Seems that "chink in the armor" is one of the announcer's "prerecorded phrases" and was used before in describing a particular situation of sports defense not being adequate. The article doesn't offer how many times he's said the phrase before but mentioned that he's said that at least once before in a situation where there wasn't any Lin involved at all.

Sports coverage requires ad lib, and being able to keep talking without benefit of a script. If this is one of his "stable of phrases" I know how hard it is to analyze things when you're being paid to keep your lips moving when the tally light is on. Therefore, the phrase may have not been intended in any way the way it ended up being used.

As to the writer, one would expect more "thought" since there isn't live television pressure when composing a headline, and you're supposed to be thoughtful and perhaps at Disney there, be required to turn it into something clever. Given what I read there then, I would give the 'caster a pass if they didn't mean it the way it came out (since it's apparently one of his stockroom of phrases) but I'd hammer the writer for using it since the writer's job is to sit and carefully think out phrasing before posting it.

Good old Disney though ... when the fertilizer hits the ventilator and it will not be evenly distributed, they break out a bazooka. :(


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