Controversy over coverage of US Olympic athletes
Media being unfair to Lolo Jones?
- Duration 5:54
- Date Aug 10, 2012
Media being unfair to Lolo Jones?
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Broken hearted because she missed the bronze medal by a tenth of a second she missed the gold.
By a quarter of a second joining us on -- news watch panel Judith Miller a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and author.
Houston powers is a columnist for the Daily Beast both are Fox News contributors has either one have you ever been a female hurdler I'm just.
I didn't ask that might act I had my research.
But -- do you think that what the times did was terribly unfair.
How I think it was very unfair and I think even the -- -- the paper Arthur Brisbane said it was unnecessarily.
-- now it was Smart to opinion for those who know.
It's called a column by a very experienced very able journalist Jerry -- Is -- he's very good but -- many people didn't know that this was an opinion piece and they thought it was a news piece and it was so harsh on her she it was someone forgiving.
Well let me bring up specifically the quote that that -- -- man wrote that after that piece.
In vote you -- so much backlash she said sometimes this approach the opinion approach.
Results in too much opinion appearing in news columns in this particular case I think the writer.
Was particularly harsh even unnecessarily.
-- a public editor says we went over the line but you.
I don't and do not I am not a great.
And I I think people might be surprised actually because I often -- -- into the defense of the woman in this situation but look it was an opinion piece.
And the truth of the matter is what he was really writing about.
And -- and her point he never -- and a court Kournikova he interviewed somebody who said that who and so that was not his opinion.
But the when he is trying to make is that they're actually two other Americans.
Athletes whose names we don't even know really you know unless people really watching this closely.
Have gotten -- endorsement deals have gotten no media coverage even though they have medals when this person who didn't even get a medal is getting all this media attention now what about these women I you know what.
Why what how how does she become the victim -- these other women have been completely ignored.
Com and then in terms of him talking about stuff about her.
She's -- wanna put it out there I mean she can't she isn't she's a woman.
She's she's at least thirty you know energy yes you -- he's thirty she's a woman has put herself out there she's made the best of her situation and kudos to her well but yeah.
She cannot she cannot complain about media coverage -- example of her yes she can when she's really being attacked and when each that only the Chara.
He wasn't attack the only two people quoted in the entire -- are negative quotes she.
He left out of I don't -- left -- the fact that she had spinal surgery the year before.
Her own extremely heart wrenching back story.
But have you -- extensively and it not in his when parliament somebody's reading that kind of nobody knew I write -- call -- columnist and I -- this kind of stuff drives me crazy when -- -- like why didn't you write all this other stuff your comments like I -- -- my head in her -- in this press writing about and the entire world is covering all the stuff that you're talking.
I am not allowed not beating up -- -- he's he's writing an article about this.
An NYC not allowed to do that I don't understand -- you.
You pointed out the fact that there are a couple of other athletes on the team who have notable successes but she is twice the indoor.
Champion in the national champion in indoor hurdles apparently no other woman has ever done and good good it's plenty of media coverage his point was what about these women -- won medals who by the way have been interviewed about this issue and and are very upset about the fact that they are completely ignore we have been running a lot of photos of her competing on the on the track let's show the photo that that aroused so much I guess higher so much negative attention to her this was ESPN the magazine.
Back in 2009.
This is the pose.
That that so many people find so offensive but what doesn't get noted is that the small -- there that's a quote.
From her coach at LSU Dennis shaver who writes she has the perfect core which is where her horse power comes from.
Her tabs are like a washboard all muscle fiber and no fat you don't get like that without proper diet and training and then even then.
You'd need low -- determination.
That gets lost in -- in the coverage of that photo.
It's certainly did and that back story gets lost pictures I'm really surprised you know -- -- -- -- better see you claim you make the point.
That it's the media -- some people and that companies choose to use some people.
Without beating up on her without demeaning her are her achievement and the fact that she's a self proclaimed Christian virgin.
And comes from this -- Family that I -- -- -- on the story our story and that's keeping straight as she modeled him why should wind tunnel data I can't tell us how to answer that's not the point the point he was making -- she gets a disproportionate amount of tension.
Even though has an Olympic athlete she's not on the same level as his other women.
And I'm sorry but you know the -- born again Christian and posing naked thing I don't think they really go together.
And the call me crazy yeah you know and I think it I think everybody but but she is ready for that kind of stuff like -- how emerging force candor from my standard -- holding her to hurt standard that she holds up for the world and chest -- back -- and I.
I talk about my eight all the time and I pose like that I would expect to hear about it.
-- you weren't you six days a week for four years for this moment in today's power someone chooses to beat up -- -- I think it was sent him company you don't -- You why the are doing comedy arguing over that article and for a little Jones goes on.
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