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Superbowl Myth Has More Lives Than a Cat
TheRealityCheck.org ^ | February 3, 2005 | Trudy W. Schuett

Posted on 02/04/2005 3:43:17 AM PST by FreeManDC

SUPERBOWL MYTH HAS MORE LIVES THAN A CAT

Just three days before the 1993 Super Bowl game, a news conference was called in Pasadena. There Sheila Kuehl, an attorney for the California Women’s Law Center, stepped to the podium to report some shocking news: according to a study by Old Dominion University, emergency room admissions of women rose by 40% following football games won by the Washington Redskins.

Media representatives got the warning that Super Bowl Sunday is “the biggest day of the year for violence against women.” Soon a media advisory went out warning women, “Don’t remain at home with him during the game.”

The next morning, Friday January 29, psychologist Lenore Walker appeared on Good Morning America and repeated the same frightening news.

By Saturday, the hysteria had reached a fever pitch. A January 30 Boston Globe article claimed that women’s shelter and hotlines are “flooded with more calls from victims than on any other day of the year.”

Just before the coin flip for the big game, NBC ran a 30-second spot reminding men that domestic violence is a crime.

Then the Washington Post decided to do a little detective work. Post reporter Ken Ringle called Janet Katz, one of the researchers from Old Dominion University, to verify the claim. “That’s not what we found at all,” Katz responded. To the contrary, she said any increase in emergency room admissions “was not associated with the occurrence of football games in general” [www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/superbowl.asp].

Ringle’s report, “Wife Beating Claims,” appeared on the front page of the Washington Post on January 31. This was the upshot of the story: the assertion that watching football games provokes men into a frenzy of wife-beating was actually a hoax.

Within hours, Lenore Walker and the Boston Globe reporter pulled back on their original claims, admitting they hadn’t seen the original study. On February 2, the Boston Globe ran a retraction.

Later the Family Violence Prevention Fund would conclude, “Although there are claims linking sports broadcasts to increased violence and abuse, no rigorous national studies have confirmed a link” [http://endabuse.org/programs/display.php3?DocID=262].

The Super Bowl hoax is now cited in journalism textbooks as a case study in ways the media can mislead the public. But that doesn’t stop the myth from being endlessly recycled.

Two years later, one NBC affiliate urged all women to pack a suitcase the evening before the Super Bowl, in case hubby got a little violent. Look around, and you will find the Super Bowl myth reported as “fact” in books, newspaper articles, and TV stories.

Just last year on January 30, Rebecca Cohn, member of the California State Assembly, issued a chilling press release. “Calls to domestic violence shelters jump by a 40% increase on Superbowl Sunday,” according to the release. Not only that, “Attempted murders increase by 40% the week following the Superbowl game.” [http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a24/press04/p242004004.htm] Amazing how that 40% figure keeps popping up all the time.

The factual errors and shrill tone of Cohn’s press release makes one wonder if the intent was to alarm and frighten, not educate and inform.

So how do we explain the creation and continuation of this domestic violence hoax?

Turns out, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware had been working since 1990 to get a law passed that would increase federal involvement in protecting battered women.

In 1994, one year after the press conference was called in Pasadena, the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law. The Act not only provided $3.5 billion in funding for programs to assist battered women, but also defined domestic partner abuse as “gender violence,” suggesting that only women are at risk. In another, less politically-correct era, this law never would have been passed, as some believe it violates the equal protection provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

Ten years later, the practical result is a law that discriminates against male victims, and refuses to acknowledge the existence of abusive women who need help.

The Violence Against Women Act will expire later this year, and domestic violence advocates are expected to introduce renewal legislation within the next few months.

So what propaganda-like stunts will they try to pull this time around?


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: domesticviolence; myth

1 posted on 02/04/2005 3:43:17 AM PST by FreeManDC
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To: FreeManDC
Good question. The feminists look for problems that don't exist.

Denny Crane: "There are two places to find the truth. First God and then Fox News."

2 posted on 02/04/2005 3:46:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FreeManDC
What crap.

I only beat people up after a Yankee loss.

Never a football game.

3 posted on 02/04/2005 4:09:38 AM PST by Yankee
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To: FreeManDC

What a load.


6 posted on 02/04/2005 4:25:02 AM PST by Allegra ("They Just Love to Walk in the Middle of the Road!")
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To: FreeManDC
"In 1994, one year after the press conference was called in Pasadena, the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law. The Act not only provided $3.5 billion in funding for programs to assist battered women...

Now, about Global Warming....................

7 posted on 02/04/2005 4:30:32 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: NOTER
The mythology impacts the abortion argument as well. Legalized abortion is promoted as 'safe' (ie, no complications, which is fraudulent--statistics are not widely compiled or reported) yet 'millions' of women are said to have died from complications of illegal, 'back alley abortions.' Appararently, what the fits the agenda at hand is what is reported.

And please no flames, I am not one of those pro-lifers who bring the abortion debate to every thread.

8 posted on 02/04/2005 4:30:45 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (FreeMartha)
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To: FreeManDC

Gosh, I only beat my wife and kids up in the 3rd quarter...

< /major league saracasm >


9 posted on 02/04/2005 4:31:29 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: FreeManDC
I am a graduate of ODU('96) so the story caught my eye. I'm glad Janet Katz helped put an end to the lie,looks good for ODU. I don't know if ODU staff were aware their report was being misused. If they did know didn't try to stop it... not good.

This reminds me of a by gone era in American political history. A time I like to call "PAHA" (Post Anita Hill America). A time when candlelight vigils were held on the steps of the Capitol, awards were passed out to women who had the courage to speak up about their sexual abuse, women were believed without reproach (after all, women don't lie about such things), laws were passed to protect them from abuse (who's going to vote against the "Violence Against Women Act"?), the 'Year of the Woman' was proclaimed. ODU installed "emergency phone booths" for women throughout the campus in the early 90's, complete with blue lights on top so they could be easily found at night.

PAHA came to an end because a woman spoke up about sexual abuse by a sitting Democrat President.
That really says it all about PAHA for me, and defines what it was really all about.
10 posted on 02/04/2005 5:00:26 AM PST by Jeeper (Virginia is for Jeepers.)
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To: FreeManDC

My son came home from school the other day repeating this nonsense.

To prove my point, I looked up "Superbowl Spousal Abuse" on snopes.com.

Nothing.

Is there a factual source I can access to put this lie to bed?

Thanks in advance.


11 posted on 02/04/2005 5:03:56 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: FreeManDC

Nevermind. I just looked up "Superbowl" at snopes.com and found the info.


12 posted on 02/04/2005 5:06:38 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: FreeManDC

Now if they really wanted to put this lie to rest, they would have tracked down Sheila Kuehl (the attorney who started this crap in '93), and had some NFL linebackers sit on her while the word *LIAR* was tattooed on her forehead and she could spend the rest of her life explaining what it was all about.

At the minimum, an attorney who lied to the public like that should be disbarred. Even Emperor Billigula had his license yanked after sufficient prodding to the Arkansas Bar.


13 posted on 02/04/2005 5:17:15 AM PST by Mad Mammoth
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To: Mad Mammoth
Well, this is one in a series of lies - "Domestic violence is the leading case of birth defects", "The biggest single reason women are admitted to emergency rooms is domestic violence", and the most recent whopper, "pregnant women are more at risk to die from domestic violence than anything else".

These lie continue to look to gain support for domestic violence programs, a multi-billion dollar a year business, a business that employs probably about 20,000.

While we can condemn domestic violence, you have to wonder about why the folks that promote these programs come up with such whoppers to enlist support. When you consider that after 20 years and throwing billions of dollars at this issue the true recorded incidences of domestic violence have dropped about the same as the crime rate over all.

But, the folks drawing salaries running these programs would rather you look at their lies than the truth.
14 posted on 02/04/2005 5:28:26 AM PST by Fido969
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To: FreeManDC
Beating fat, ugly feminazi skanks at the polls was sure fun this fall. Can we have an instant replay at halftime during the Superbowl?
15 posted on 02/04/2005 5:52:51 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Progressives are just liberals with an Earl Scheib paintjob.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

It's said that 92.8 % of all statistics are simply made up on the spot.


16 posted on 02/04/2005 6:46:51 AM PST by -YYZ-
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To: Mad Mammoth

Now if they really wanted to put this lie to rest, they would have tracked down Sheila Kuehl (the attorney who started this crap in '93



...actually, they just keep reelecting this most leftwing,
radical way out lesbian to the CA Senate so she can keep cramming her agenda down CA school kids throats...


17 posted on 02/04/2005 9:03:25 AM PST by christynsoldier (FACTA, NON VERBA ( Deeds , Not Words))
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To: Pete'sWife
Here ya go: Super Bull Sunday (Keep in mind, also, that Snopes leans left on political issues, so if they say this is false, it truly is. And this is false. In fact,
The claim that Super Bowl Sunday is "the biggest day of the year for violence against women" demonstrates how easily an idea congruous with what people want to believe can be implanted in the public consciousness and anointed as "fact" even when it has been fabricated out of whole cloth.

(To buttress my point, snopes.com calls this a "noble lie".)

18 posted on 02/04/2005 9:07:53 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: goldstategop

Where did you get that Denny Crane quote and who is he?


19 posted on 02/04/2005 9:09:57 AM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: FreeManDC

http://www.rebeccacohn.org/1_30_04.htm


20 posted on 02/04/2005 12:17:14 PM PST by Fido969
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To: Fido969

Numerous national reports reveal that domestic violence against men by women increases during major shopping events.


21 posted on 02/04/2005 12:21:04 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Yup, every year I'm black and blue until around Jan. 12th or so...


22 posted on 02/04/2005 12:23:30 PM PST by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Yankee
I only beat people up after a Yankee loss.
Did you commit homicide after that choke job last October? </gloating sox fan>
23 posted on 02/04/2005 1:05:55 PM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67
Did you commit homicide after that choke job last October?--gloating sox fan

Keep gloating. I hope you're three years old. Then you may live enough to see the next Sox championship.

(snicker......)

24 posted on 02/24/2005 10:50:06 AM PST by Yankee
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To: FreeManDC

When did you stop beating your wife bump.


25 posted on 02/24/2005 10:52:08 AM PST by reagan_fanatic ("Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence" - R. Kirk)
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To: Yankee

GO REDSOX!!!!!!


26 posted on 02/24/2005 10:54:17 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Never underestimate the power of human stupidity--Robert Heinlein)
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To: Fido969

During the Texas kidnapping of the pregnant woman, it kept being reported that murder was the Number One Cause of death of pregnant women (about 1300 since 1990.) One reporter did point out that this is because pre-natal care is so good that women don't die from pre-natal complications.


27 posted on 02/24/2005 11:04:48 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: FreeManDC

Uhh, hello, we all know it's the seriousness of the charge, not the nature of the evidence, that's most important!


28 posted on 02/24/2005 11:06:56 AM PST by Guillermo ("Now how can a Puerto Rican lose a fly ball in the sun?' - Harry Caray)
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To: -YYZ-

And my independant poll is 100% behind that (I agree, in other words)

My favorite quote of all time:

"There are Lies, Damnable Lies, and Statistics"
- Mark Twain


29 posted on 02/24/2005 11:08:45 AM PST by Mr. K (this space for rent)
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To: Mad Mammoth
Now if they really wanted to put this lie to rest, they would have tracked down Sheila Kuehl

Sheila is unfortunately easy to track down. just go to the CA Senate and mention the words "tax increase" or point a TV camera and ol' Sheila will come running.

30 posted on 02/24/2005 11:15:24 AM PST by LexBaird ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats" --Jubal Harshaw (RA Heinlein))
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To: Doctor Stochastic
During the Texas kidnapping of the pregnant woman, it kept being reported that murder was the Number One Cause of death of pregnant women (about 1300 since 1990.)

As if they even keep this sort of stat for traffic fatalities.

31 posted on 02/24/2005 11:19:08 AM PST by LexBaird ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats" --Jubal Harshaw (RA Heinlein))
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To: Mr. K
My favorite Mark Twain quote, commenting on a women's choir:

"I haven't heard sounds like that since the orphanage burned down."

32 posted on 02/24/2005 11:19:27 AM PST by Richard Kimball (It was a joke. You know, humor. Like the funny kind. Only different.)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Don't egg him on. My wife works in a rehab unit and she's explained the term to me that describes making the same inane statements over and over and over again, whether they're germaine to any topic being discussed or not: Perseveration.

That's what's happening here, a classical example of a mental malfunction resulting in the same insipid, irrational statement being made over and over again no matter how much annoyance is expressed in ojection to it.

Screw Denny in the nose, I say.

33 posted on 02/24/2005 11:25:30 AM PST by OKSooner
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To: OKSooner
I find your ability to be upset over some anonymous person's tagline fascinating.

Is there a diagnosis for this obsession, or has it recently manifested?

34 posted on 02/24/2005 11:35:20 AM PST by patton (Matthew 6:6)
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To: Richard Kimball

Sick. Funny, but sick. LOL.


35 posted on 02/24/2005 11:36:10 AM PST by patton (Matthew 6:6)
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To: FreeManDC



Corollary advice: Halftime is not a good moment to talk about your "feelings."


36 posted on 02/24/2005 11:38:52 AM PST by ko_kyi
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To: LexBaird
Seems like the do.

Link
Link

However, I'm not going to do the data mining to see if it all adds up. (Unless someone pays me, of course.)

37 posted on 02/24/2005 11:41:53 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: -YYZ-

ALso, 85.37844 % of Americans don't understand significant digits.


38 posted on 02/24/2005 11:43:18 AM PST by ko_kyi
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To: Doctor Stochastic

"the" should be "they"

Spell chequeres our knot oil won mite hope four.


39 posted on 02/24/2005 11:44:18 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: OKSooner

I figured out who "Denny" was already.


40 posted on 02/24/2005 11:50:45 AM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Richard Kimball

My favorite Twain quote "Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".


41 posted on 02/24/2005 11:51:41 AM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Doctor Stochastic
During the Texas kidnapping of the pregnant woman, it kept being reported that murder was the Number One Cause of death of pregnant women (about 1300 since 1990.) One reporter did point out that this is because pre-natal care is so good that women don't die from pre-natal complications.

A local anchor-babe said that "Despite increases in automobile safety, car accidents are still the #1 cause of death for children aged 5 and under."

Moron. Something has to be the #1 cause of death. What percentage of kids today die in car accidents as opposed to the % of kids who used to die by cholera or giant hyena?

42 posted on 02/24/2005 11:56:58 AM PST by Modernman ("Normally, I don't listen to women, or doctors." - Captain Hero)
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To: ko_kyi
Corollary advice: Halftime is not a good moment to talk about your "feelings."

Expecially if hubby bet the mortgage money.

43 posted on 02/24/2005 11:58:40 AM PST by Modernman ("Normally, I don't listen to women, or doctors." - Captain Hero)
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To: patton
It's not a tagline.

It's a gratuitous pointless statement stuck into the middle of a thread that I'm trying to read and benefit from. It's causing me, and many other people who are also sick of it, to have to check the name on each post before reading so we can know whether to ignore it or not.

44 posted on 02/24/2005 1:14:43 PM PST by OKSooner (THAT's not a tagline. THIS is a tagline!)
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To: Doctor Stochastic
"During the Texas kidnapping of the pregnant woman, it kept being reported that murder was the Number One Cause of death of pregnant women (about 1300 since 1990.)'

And this is an excellent example of reporters turning off their brains when they get a chance to parrot liberal propaganda.

1300 deaths since 1990 is about 100 deaths a year. There are about 4 million live births in the US every year.

How ignorant about basic mortality tables would you have be to believe that 100 deaths in a population of more than 4 million could possibly be the "leading cause of death"?

45 posted on 02/24/2005 9:57:26 PM PST by Fido969
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To: Fido969

The population isn't 4,000,000 but rather consists of those pregnant women who die.


46 posted on 02/24/2005 10:18:28 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Well, if you were looking for ions in an atomic mix, you are using the correct statistical approach. However, mortality is typically given as a part of the entire population not just the mortal population, usually per 100,000. For example, 100 out of 4 million is expressed as 2.5 per 100,000.

Now, class, who can tell me what types of typical mortality rates do we see for common causes of death in the population at large, especially those that affect folks in the typical pregnancy demographic? For example, class, please tell me typical mortality rates for auto accidents, cancer and suicide? Drownings? Sudden Brain Embolisms?

For extra credit, how do those numbers compare to the mortality rate given for pregnant women by the research reported by the Washington Post story? Much higher, eh, class?

Secondly, I happen to know a lot about the particular "research" Did you know that in order to make the number appear as high as possible, not only were pregnant women included, but any woman who was murdered who had had a baby up to a year before?

Well, now we're not just 2.5 per 100,000, we've dropped to 1.25 per 100,000. Pregnacy sounds like a pretty safe bet to me.

This claim is a complete fabrication - just like the "Superbowl Sunday" myth.

47 posted on 02/24/2005 10:52:24 PM PST by Fido969
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