ESPN fires employee for Lin headline seen online

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You can't even mention someone else's comment. Walt Disney is a FAMILY company.

Feb 19, 12:41 PM EST

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN says it fired an employee responsible for an offensive headline referring to Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin.

The headline "Chink in the Armor" was used Friday on ESPN's mobile website after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to New Orleans.

In a statement Sunday, ESPN apologizes for that headline and also says it is also aware of two other "offensive and inappropriate" comments on ESPN outlets.

An ESPNEWS anchor who used the phrase has been suspended for 30 days. And ESPN says a similar reference was made Friday on ESPN Radio New York, but the commentator is not an ESPN employee.

Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated fans by leading the Knicks to seven straight wins before Friday's loss.
 

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If its so fucking offensive (which it's not) why keep repeating it in every god damn story?
 

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Congresss got involved with this?
 

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
ESPN management is hardly an elected branch of the Government.
 

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If its so fucking offensive (which it's not) why keep repeating it in every god damn story?
Better then an article I saw yesterday that had "Ch--- in the armor". Those fuckers were so PC they couldn't even include the word
 

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Go to your job and start yelling N*gger N*igger Chink Chink Kike N*igger and see if you get fired or not..

You also can't say fuck on free TV
 

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Good for you, ESPN. There's no room for this kind of tripe in our society.
 

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Go to your job and start yelling N*gger N*igger Chink Chink Kike N*igger and see if you get fired or not..

You also can't say fuck on free TV
Racial slurs aren't obscene material and aren't supposed to be covered by FCC obscenity rules. There's a huge legal difference between "offensive" and "obscene" in media law. It's not that long ago that you could say those words (except fuck, which is considered obscene) on broadcast radio and TV, and you still can in certain situations.
 

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They don't wanna offend the Chicoms who still claim Taiwan as part of China.
The word Chinese doesn't refer to the citizens of the People's Republic of China, it refers to the nation. China, as a nation, forms a majority in two major political entities: the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China.

It's not controversial or in any way wrong to suggest that the people of the Republic of China are Chinese, just like the people on the other side. The split is not ethnic, just another remnant of the Cold War, like East and West Germany, North and South Korea, etc.

Eventually, when Communism falls in the People's Republic, the two countries will probably unite under the flag of one democratic China.
 

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The word Chinese doesn't refer to the citizens of the People's Republic of China, it refers to the nation. China, as a nation, forms a majority in two major political entities: the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China.

It's not controversial or in any way wrong to suggest that the people of the Republic of China are Chinese, just like the people on the other side. The split is not ethnic, just another remnant of the Cold War, like East and West Germany, North and South Korea, etc.

Eventually, when Communism falls in the People's Republic, the two countries will probably unite under the flag of one democratic China.
You're overthinking it. They don't want to offend the PROC, who buys a lot of our stuff. And yeah, they will unify when communism falls, I think Taiwan's leadership has said that.
 

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Racial slurs aren't obscene material and aren't supposed to be covered by FCC obscenity rules. There's a huge legal difference between "offensive" and "obscene" in media law. It's not that long ago that you could say those words (except fuck, which is considered obscene) on broadcast radio and TV, and you still can in certain situations.
That's just silly. I don't care what job you have, if you make chink jokes you are getting fired. The FCC has nothing to do with it.
 

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That's just silly. I don't care what job you have, if you make chink jokes you are getting fired. The FCC has nothing to do with it.
Exactly. I think if any one of us went in to work screaming racial slurs we'd be fired.