[It's] getting harder and harder to be cheerful…. I am so mad at the press [that] I could just strangle them! And, you know, I think I’ve decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren’t going to be invited on the bus.
UPDATE: Looks like I’m late on this story. Here’s ESPN’s apology:
Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.
Um, yeah — you’re going to need to do better than that, ESPN. “Conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures.” What the what? What does that even mean? How about “the use of the term ‘chink’ was racist and offensive,” or “we apologize to Mr. Lin and to the Asian-American community for use of an ignorant and racist term steeped in historical racism against Asian-Americans, racism that is rarely if every discussed” or “Wow. We’re assholes. Can you believe we thought that referencing an Asian-American as “chink” was a good idea?”
And then maybe talk about what proactive steps you are taking to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and that the persons responsible are held accountable. Babbling about “cross-platform editorial whosywhatsits” isn’t going to cut it.
Hell, at least pretend you’re going to make your editorial department take a diversity seminar. Fail.
After the devastating news coverage of the past week over the racist ad and website put up by Pete Hoekstra, he has now redirected Chinese-themed www.debbiespenditnow.com to his own website www.petespenditnot.com. The YouTube video is still up, however, with over a million views. Comments and ratings are still turned off for the very obvious reasons. On his new site is a new ad without the anti-China references.
Meanwhile, a money bomb for Senator Debbie Stabenow based on reaction to Hoekestra’s odious ad and website resulted in a big haul: over $150,000.
Donors have poured more than $150,000 into Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s campaign in response to an ad run this week by GOP rival Pete Hoekstra. [...]
Stabenow’s campaign asked donors to help her raise $144,000 in response to Hoekstra’s first ad, the amount his campaign planned to spend airing it.
Stabenow campaign officials report raising more than $150,000 as of Friday morning.
I’m chalking that up as a win for Debbie Stabenow. You can contribute to her campaign HERE.
There you go. Funny or Die has produced the best possible response to the Hoekstra Super Bowl ad (about which your Angry Black Bloggers have fulminated here, here, and here) — because honestly now, the GOP is nothing if not laughable these days. (Ok, they’re also a smidge bit terrifying, but you see what I mean).
Pete Hoekstra is nearly giddy about all the attention his racist ad had garnered.
Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Holland, stood his ground Monday, saying the ad did what he wanted: It drew a clear contrast between himself and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
“We knew we were taking an aggressive approach on this, but we’re in a time when people are fed up with the spending and we wanted to capture that frustration,” Hoekstra said. “It hits Debbie smack-dab between the eyes on the area where she is most vulnerable.”
Let’s have a look at the headlines to see if he has, indeed, reshaped the conversation to talk about Debbie Stabenow’s spendthrift ways.