It may only be apparent to those not involved in generating ratings, but the media inspired frenzy of outrage over Ray Rice’s intemperate actions looks more and more like the tabloid journalism that now dominates American media. It’s not in debate that Rice’s actions were ungallant at best and perhaps criminal at worst. But there are mechanisms to determine that.
I’m not sure how his employer, the NFL and it’s head, Roger Goodell could be held responsible, legally or morally for Rice’s actions. In this particular instance, both the right and left factions of the media are tripping over each other to determine who gets the prize for being most sanctimonious.
When the Benghazi scandal happened a few years ago, people were actually killed due to incompetence; yet to this day, no one has been held to account, no head of any department has resigned, no one has been fired. Heck, the person directly involved may become the next President. But poor Roger Goodell; he is being pressured to resign over the perceived mishandling of Rice’s case. One minute, he is running a lucrative business and next thing he knows, his head is on the block.
As was the case of former LA Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling, he is being tried in the court of public opinion and held to a standard that is totally fabricated by the PC media. At the very least, what this type of arbitrary morality does is to introduce a new layer of bureaucracy to the employment process by way of more boxes to tick off during the hiring of workers–in any job. We can think of a number of items to tick off in the employment application:
Do you beat your spouse or significant other?
Do you smoke in bed?
Do you recycle?
Do you leave your children in hot cars with windows up? Your dogs?
Have you ever kicked a cat or dog?
Do you text while driving?
Do you make fun of minorities or fat people?
Do you leave the toilet seat up?
I could go on, but could never possibly anticipate the next moral outrage that will be elevated from tsk tsk level to crimes against humanity by the sensationalist media. If the above standards were the filter for NFL players, you may be lucky to field 4 teams worth of people and the product would be as interesting as girls’ soccer. In the Rice case, it’s not a stretch to have all other institutions that he may have contact with withdraw their support as well for fear of being seen as endorsing of his conduct. The state driver’s license can be revoked, his Starbucks card and maybe even his American Express points could be cancelled. The heads of those corporations should be squirming as we write.