Reporter’s Tweet About Japanese Indy 500 Winner Causes A Stir

A Denver sportswriter and his newspaper apologized late Sunday after he tweeted his discomfort with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.
After Takuma Sato became the first driver from Japan to win the iconic race, Terry Frei of The Denver Post dispatched this missive: 

The now-deleted tweet earned him plenty of backlash.
Here’s a sampling:

Frei Continue reading "Reporter’s Tweet About Japanese Indy 500 Winner Causes A Stir"

ESPN’s Holly Rowe Says Her Cancer Has Returned

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe says her cancer has returned and spread, The Associated Press reported.
“I don’t think about having cancer when I’m out here,” Rowe told AP before she worked the sideline Thursday for a WNBA game between the Minnesota Lynx and host New York Liberty. “Monday, I have a CAT scan and have treatment. I’ll be a cancer patient on Monday. I’m not thinking about it today.”
These are tough times for the sports network. Kathy Berman, wife of Chris Berman, who is arguably the face of the network, died in a car crash last week. The outlet has also conducted massive layoffs.
But Rowe will not be among them. ESPN stated Thursday in an editor’s note to a personal essay by the reporter that her contract had been renewed.
“I promise to repay and thank my bosses at ESPN for sticking by me during the Continue reading "ESPN’s Holly Rowe Says Her Cancer Has Returned"

Bill O’Reilly Says Nation’s Hatred Killed Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

A coroner’s report determined that Fox News founding CEO Roger Ailes died Thursday after an earlier fall caused bleeding on his brain.
But former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has a different opinion.
In a USA Today op-ed piece posted Thursday evening, O’Reilly blamed America’s technology-spawned “hatred” for his demise.
“We are living in a rough age, with technological advances changing behavior and perspective,” O’Reilly wrote. “The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters. Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth.”
O’Reilly, who like Ailes, left Fox News amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations, wrote that his former boss was victimized by a rush to judgment. “Roger was convicted of bad behavior Continue reading "Bill O’Reilly Says Nation’s Hatred Killed Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes"

Reporter Slapped After Accidentally Grabbing Woman’s Breast On Camera

A BBC reporter’s attempt to shoo away a woman from a news segment on Tuesday turned awkward in a hurry.

Ben Brown was interviewing fellow BBCer Norman Smith in Bradford, England, about the Labour party when a woman stepped into the frame. That prompted Brown to accidentally push her away by her breast, HuffPost UK reports.

She slapped Brown’s shoulder and finally exited the frame.

Brown took to Twitter to assure the public his gesture was “completely unintentional.”

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ESPN Broadcaster To Become First Woman To Call NFL Play-By-Play In 30 Years

Pass the mic. An ESPN broadcaster will become the first woman in 30 years to call play-by-play for an NFL regular season game, Sports Illustrated reported Sunday.
The outlet, citing multiple sources, said Beth Mowins will call ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and host Denver Broncos on Sept. 11. Former NFL coach Rex Ryan will likely serve as the analyst.
Mowins joined the sports network in 1994 and has called college football broadcasts since 2005, according to her ESPN bio. In addition, she served as the main person in the booth for the Raiders’ local preseason broadcasts for the last two seasons.
“I am more than confident Beth can call an NFL game for a national audience,” Vittorio De Bartolo, executive producer of broadcasting for Continue reading "ESPN Broadcaster To Become First Woman To Call NFL Play-By-Play In 30 Years"

Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Dies In Car Crash

Kathy Berman, wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, died Tuesday in an auto collision with another driver in Woodbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Courant reported.
Kathy Berman was 67. The couple had been married for 33 years and had two children, Meredith and Douglas, Deadspin noted.
ESPN President John Skipper posted condolences on Twitter Wednesday, calling the incident a “devastating tragedy.”

According to a police report cited by the Hartford Courant, Berman’s car rear-ended a vehicle driven by 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, who also died. The impact sent Berman’s car down an embankment and Bertulis’ car into a utility pole.
State troopers are investigating whether Bertulis suffered a medical Continue reading "Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Dies In Car Crash"

Keith Olbermann Says Donald Trump’s War On Press Freedom Attacks Us All

President Donald Trump’s recent threats to “open” libel laws so it’s it easier to sue the media really set off Keith Olbermann.
In his latest video for GQ’s “The Resistance” series published Monday, the commentator blasted the commander-in-chief and his minions for attacking the freedom of the press because it has “caught him lying.”
He called Trump a “pitiful thug” who wants to squash dissent ― and not just in journalism, but also free speech in general.
“Freedom of speech is the purpose of the United States of America,” Olbermann said. “And every time this country’s government has tried to alter that fact or has ignored it in the slightest, it has met with disaster.”
“Constitutional change to limit free speech would not be just a step Continue reading "Keith Olbermann Says Donald Trump’s War On Press Freedom Attacks Us All"