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Rutgers Fansí Abuse of Navy Players Elicits Media Yawn
townhall.com ^ | Friday, September 14, 2007 | Robert Knight

Posted on 09/14/2007 5:38:42 PM PDT by Bobibutu

It pays to be on the media’s approved victims list.

After Don Imus made his “ho” comment about the Rutgers women’s basketball team on April 4, the media went into a feeding frenzy. In the first week after the story broke, the three major networks aired a total of 19 segments. On cable, CNN had 60, with Fox News at 21 and MSNBC at 13.

The New York Times ran 12 articles, USA Today and The Washington Post each ran nine, and Newark, New Jersey’s Star-Ledger ran 11.

But after the Sept. 7 Navy-Rutgers football game, at which Rutgers fans crudely and obscenely abused the visiting Midshipmen players, fans and families, the media were nearly silent.

Star-Ledger columnist Mark DiLonno, a Rutgers grad and Navy veteran, broke the story on September 11 in a first-rate smackdown. He reminded the spoiled, face-painted kids in the stands that young men and women their age were risking their lives in the Navy and other services to defend their freedom. He also wondered why colleges were increasingly allowing such incivility to visiting teams.

As DiLonno reports it, here’s how some fans reacted when Navy kick returner Reggie Campbell got up limping after being tackled:

‘“You got f--ed up. You got f--ed up. You got f-ed-up,’ they chanted.

“Reggie Campbell is a senior. After graduation in June he has a five-year commitment to the American military, which, like it or not, is at war….

“Navy was booed and peppered with ‘You suck!’ chants when they stepped on the field for both halves. Toward the end of the second half, Rutgers students in the new bleacher section began to serenade the adjacent section of Navy fans and uniformed Midshipmen.

“‘F-- you, Navy. F--you, Navy. F-- you, Navy.’”

On Tuesday, Rutgers President Richard McCormick apologized to Naval Academy officials in a letter in which he said, “No student-athlete should ever be subject to profane language directed at them from the crowd, and certainly not the young men of the Naval Academy who have made a commitment to serve our nation in a time of war.”

Meanwhile, Rutgers athletic director Robert Mulcahy and Greg Blimling, vice president of student affairs, wrote an open letter saying the outbursts were “undignified, disrespectful and unacceptable.”

So how have the media responded? On Sept. 12, the Washington Post, UPI and AP ran less than 300 words each on the Rutgers officials’ apology. The New York Times, meanwhile, with Rutgers in its backyard, referred to the incident in the sixth paragraph of a Sept. 14 column by Harvey Araton about the overall Rutgers football program. The networks have ignored the incident completely.

In contrast, the media were all over the Imus incident from the beginning. When Imus apologized, they smelled blood in the water, and paid even more attention to the story.

Surely the outrageous behavior by the Rutgers fans should have elicited a national reaction and comparison to the Imus sacking, but the media’s collective yawn told the public: No big deal.

It might still be a smart PR move for the widely-publicized Rutgers women’s basketball team, which netted tremendous sympathy over Imus, to issue a press release lamenting the behavior of their school’s football fans. It could run along the lines of, “We know how it feels to be abused. …”

If nothing else, they might wind up on Oprah again.

Robert Knight is director of the Culture & Media Institute at the Media Research Center, www.MRC.org.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: abuse; collegefootball; fword; highereducation; navy; rutgers; usna
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1 posted on 09/14/2007 5:38:47 PM PDT by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu

It’s football...

get over it.


2 posted on 09/14/2007 5:41:14 PM PDT by misterrob (One down, 18 more til the Pats win the SB again.)
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To: misterrob

>>It’s football...

get over it.<<

Is that what Belichick said yesterday? :)


3 posted on 09/14/2007 5:44:06 PM PDT by KingSnorky
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To: Bobibutu

Imagine if the Midshipmen had called them “nappy-headed hos”?

New Jersey is Sicilian for “Fallujah”.


4 posted on 09/14/2007 5:47:59 PM PDT by Tall_Texan ("The Democrat Party: Where Victory Is Not An Option")
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To: Bobibutu
"It might still be a smart PR move for the widely-publicized Rutgers women’s basketball team, which netted tremendous sympathy over Imus, to issue a press release lamenting the behavior of their school’s football fans."

I've decided that was far less about race, and much more the fact that they're women.

Men would have shrugged it off - not cried like they did - and then the media would have only half stuck up for them. Don Imus would still have his job.

5 posted on 09/14/2007 5:50:49 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Tall_Texan

I think I’m going to yous that one.


6 posted on 09/14/2007 5:53:54 PM PDT by 359Henrie (We need Gen. Curtis Le May, Liberals give us Gen. Wesley Clark.)
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To: misterrob
Your screen name is misterrob.

Get over it.

7 posted on 09/14/2007 6:01:10 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SteveMcKing

Men would have shrugged it off - not cried like they did - and then the media would have only half stuck up for them.

The Navy thing will be a fond memory once the Womens basketball team hits an opponents court this season. They will be brutalized unmercifully.


8 posted on 09/14/2007 6:03:26 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: Bobibutu
Imus' insult of the Rutgers basketball team didn't get a lot of attention because those players were from Rutgers . . . it got a lot of attention because he was Don Imus.

Rutgers is an inconsequential school from a sh!tty "blue" state, and 90% of the people in the U.S. probably don't even know that it is New Jersey's state university.

10 posted on 09/14/2007 6:07:10 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: misterrob
"This has gone on too long, cost too much and hurt too many innocent people. Now, this matter is between me, the two people I love most -- my wife and our daughter -- and our God. I must put it right, and I am prepared to do whatever it takes to do so."
11 posted on 09/14/2007 6:09:41 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Bobibutu
Meanwhile, Rutgers athletic director Robert Mulcahy and Greg Blimling, vice president of student affairs, wrote an open letter saying the outbursts were “undignified, disrespectful and unacceptable.”

An open letter? Wow, that's really telling them. Gutless and feckless

How about informing the low rent, low class people in the student body that attends the game that will be be tossed out on their asses if they act so idiotic again.

That will get the media attention, real leadership in academia

12 posted on 09/14/2007 6:11:01 PM PDT by Popman (Nothing + Time + Chance = The Universe ---------------------Bridge in Brooklyn for sale - Cheap)
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To: Bobibutu

As a 12 year veteran of the USN and having passed through JOISY a few times this story comes as no surprise.

The state is filled with rude liberal yankees.


13 posted on 09/14/2007 6:12:59 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Bobibutu
May be football, but I hate hearing all the swearing that passes for commom speech nowadays.

I do have laugh, though, thinking back 40 years to when I was in high school, and the most risque cheer we'd yell from the stands was,
Rah Rah Ree
Kick him in the knee,
Rah Rah Rass,
Kick him in the other knee! ;o)

14 posted on 09/14/2007 6:30:33 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: ExpatGator

Gimme an R— rude;
Gimme a U— unintellegent;
Gimme a T— trashy;
Gimme a G— gross;
Gimme an e— egregious;
Gimme an R— rottencrotched;
Gimme an S— sodomites,
What’ve you got?
Rutgers.


15 posted on 09/14/2007 6:33:37 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: river rat
Rutgers — fighting for position in the bottom of the toilet with Duke...

They're going to have to fight hard to get lower than Duke.

16 posted on 09/14/2007 6:36:11 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: mathurine

omg, how old are you?


17 posted on 09/14/2007 6:38:41 PM PDT by SunnyUsa (I'm not one of those "who are we to judge?" people)
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I sit two sections away from the visitor’s section at Rutgers Stadium. There was only one instance where we heard a chant “f* ** y** navy” rise from a group of about 100 drunken student fans in the end zone bleachers. The surrounding Rutgers fans all drowned them out with boos until they shut up (which took about 10 seconds)
I don’t doubt that these same drunken idiots were yelling a lot of incredibly stupid and vulgar things individually that couldn’t be heard in the rest of the stadium.
Unfortunately, it is this author’s attempt to make it sound like it was a widespread issue instead of something about .01% of the crowd was part of makes me believe he was hoping to make his career by creating a story.


18 posted on 09/14/2007 6:38:43 PM PDT by phru
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To: SuziQ

I always liked Steve Martin’s cheers:

“Die, you gravy sucking pigs!”

“Try to score a touchdown, you scumbags!”


19 posted on 09/14/2007 6:38:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: SuziQ
You made me laugh with your risque cheer.

I remember years ago sitting at a Harvard-Yale game and hearing the kids chant: "You can beat us on the field but you can't beat us off." I stopped and said to myself whhhaaa?

I can't believe I just said that.

20 posted on 09/14/2007 6:39:22 PM PDT by ladyjane
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