Deadspin ALMOST Apologizes After Kansas City Chiefs 'Blackface' Crisis

Conservative outcry and the threat of legal action seems to have motivated recent sports blog retraction. 

The more important question . . .


Consider . . .

Even op/ed writing is a form of "journalism" for lack of a better word. 

Any pundit worth reading, watching or listening to is obligated to at least attempt to convey some semblance of reality to their audience. 

The depiction of the youngster was obviously not accurate and public rebuke was fast, furious, inevitable and mostly justified.

Moreover . . . Progressive critics might even claim that this controversy did their cause a disservice because of admitted misrepresentations form the corporate media blog.

Their defense seems to be that they were speaking to the bigger picture and longstanding discussions about race, pro-football and American culture. 

Here's part of their argument and more info for further edification for our ongoing TKC enlightened conversation regarding the ethics of cosplay . . .

In a Thursday editor’s note, Deadspin offered a half-hearted apology to the boy for the hate he’s received since the incident, assuring that its “intended focus was on the NFL and its checkered history on race, an issue which our writer has covered extensively for Deadspin.”

Three years ago, the Chiefs banned fans from wearing headdresses in Arrowhead Stadium, as well as face painting that “appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions,” according to Deadspin. Its upset was over the fact that the NFL failed to extend those rules to the entire league, Deadspin complained.

“We regret any suggestion that we were attacking the fan,” the note added. “To that end, our story was updated on Dec. 7 to remove any photos, tweets, links, or otherwise identifying information about the fan. We have also revised the headline to better reflect the substance of the story.”

This week, the family of young Armenta threatened to sue the outlet for publishing what they saw as defamatory claims. Holden Armenta’s parents, Shannon and Raul, hired law firm Clare Locke LLP to compel Deadspin to retract the story.

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Deadspin Offers Half-Hearted Apology after Legal Threat from Family of Young Kansas City Chiefs Fan | National Review

The sports blog that published a viral hit piece on Holden Armenta over his Native American game-day costume made a half-hearted apology in an editor's note.

The NFL Must Ban Native Headdress And Culturally Insensitive Face Paint in the Stands (UPDATED)

It's time for Roger Goodell to do what should have been done years ago.

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