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Coverage angles in this case all look obtuse
Question of the Day
The rush to judgment in the Ron Mexico dogfighting mess has come to be the standard operating procedure of the 24/7 media marketplace whose appetite is insatiable.
This is not the fault of a particular entity in print or broadcast, just the dynamic of increasingly fragmented interests trying to claim their share of readers, viewers and listeners.
Milquetoast types need not apply to this marketplace.
The media caravan passed the intersection of restraint and reserve long ago, perhaps when the conglomerate known as ESPN was a humble one-station outlet.
You want saturation coverage on the subculture of dogfighting?
ESPN can give you 12 talking heads on television, an equal number on radio, articles galore on its Web site and in its magazine and even a partridge in a pear tree. And that is the approach of ESPN in the first couple of days after a compelling news story has surfaced.
This is not intended to be a criticism of ESPN. The ubiquitous acronym is merely trying to compete as favorably as possible in the marketplace, if not own the sports end of it outright.
Mexico has been caught up in the media-spun crush to the point that he has become almost a sympathetic figure in certain quarters.
That is as predictable as the initial outrage. Once all the members of the media have registered their disgust, an inevitable few notice that the collective contempt of the media is out of proportion to the charge.
That has led to the “they’re just dogs” spiel, which overlooks a fundamental element of the case, which is: Dogfighting is against the law. End of discussion.
So you believe the law is too Draconian? That is a separate issue. You need to find those potential lawmakers who are in favor of dogfighting and vote them into office, if such politicians actually exist.
Otherwise, the “they’re just dogs” defense is obtuse.
Unfortunately, we do not get to cherry-pick which laws we want to take seriously and which we get to flout. If that were the case, we could move to anarchy, and that probably would not be good for anyone, starting with the pseudo-intellectuals who live in the nation’s blue urban jungles and often spout the fashionable inanities of the day.
They lack the basic instruments of self-defense, amusingly enough, and so they would be the first casualties in a state of anarchy, if anarchy is the method of change.
Of course, we are too fat, literally, and abundant to embrace anarchy. Instead, some of us embrace the “they’re just dogs” sentiment.
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