During a college football game Saturday between Brigham Young University’s Cougars and the University of Oregon’s Ducks, fans of the latter team began chanting bigoted insults at BYU’s Mormon students.
“F–k the Mormons!” the fans chanted during the game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
Listen (*Language warning):
— Nate Slack (@nateslack5) September 18, 2022
What’s awfully weird is that as of Sunday morning, not a single establishment media outlet — not ESPN, not CNN, not MSNBC, etc. — had reported the chant.
What makes this even more stunning is the recent racial hoax at BYU that wound up receiving massive coverage from the establishment press.
As previously reported, a black Duke University volleyball player claimed after a game last month that she’d been called a slur by a BYU fan.
This allegation went uber-viral, with every media outlet covering it — and, further, doing so without conducting any real journalism.
Indeed, an investigation by BYU later found that there was no evidence to corroborate volleyball player Rachel Richardson’s claim.
As noted by commentator Jesse Singal, this means “[a]ll the journalists who credulously reported on this event were wrong—and it was an embarrassing kind of wrong, because the red flags were large, numerous, and flapping loudly.”
First ever piece for Common Sense! It’s about the media’s disastrous performance during this BYU thing. It’s not a good sign when a small student paper is doing your job better than you are.https://t.co/E6dBpjkgdf
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) September 15, 2022
“Richardson and her family members reported that racial slurs had been hurled with abandon, loudly and repeatedly, in a crowded gym filled with more than 5,000 people. But the journalists covering this incident never stopped to notice how odd it was that none of these vile slurs were captured by any of the thousands of little handheld cameras in the gym at the time, nor on the bigger cameras recording the match,” Singal wrote in a recent Substack post.
“Nor did they find it strange that in the days following the incident, not a single other eyewitness came forward—none of Richardson’s black teammates, and none of the players for either team,” he added.
The media just blindly accepted Richardson’s claim as true. Meanwhile, in the face of video evidence of Ducks fans spouting blatantly bigoted rhetoric at BYU’s Mormon’s players, the media have nothing to say and apparently nothing to report.
Critics for their part aren’t remotely surprised by the media’s apparent indifference to what happened during the game Saturday.
IMO bigotry against religious people (including but not limited to Mormons) is sadly common & mainstream media doesn’t care about it. For example: all the hate crimes against Jews in NYC especially over the last year. They are assaulted in the street & their attackers go free.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) September 18, 2022
The media was ready to rip the entire state of Utah to shreds over the Duke/BYU racial slur hoax.
The double standard is gross.
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) September 18, 2022
Broadway shows and HBO series can mock Mormons, student sections can chant at them, Media makes fun of “magic underwear” etc, and no one blinks. It’s unreal.
— Just Mindy 🐊 (@just_mindy) September 18, 2022
I really don’t care about the chant. People can say what they want to say. Mormons have been facing much worse discrimination for over 200 years. What’s laughable to me is the media double standard. I would be shocked if a single media outlet picks this up. https://t.co/1xcjSxsuCN
— NF_Hiker (@MTN_Climber01) September 18, 2022
Hey @oregonfootball @uoregon not cool.@stephenasmith can we get the same energy from you about the Duke incident at BYU with the Ducks fan saying “F the Mormons”?
Jewish jokes get shut down quick. Same with Muslims. Or any religion.
What about ours?
— Jonathan Tavernari (@For3JT) September 18, 2022
Notice what the famed Christina Pushaw wrote about “all the hate crimes against Jews in NYC especially over the last year.”
Indeed, there’s been a trend of mainly black criminals assaulting and beating Jewish residents of New York City. Yet this has received scant coverage from the press.
To be fair, the media have reported on the trend, like The New York Times did last April, but what the media haven’t done is offered any in-depth coverage. And the reason why is presumably because doing so would require asking tough questions that go against certain key liberal narratives …
Dovetailing back to what happened at Saturday’s game, the University of Oregon has for its part apologized on behalf of the offending students.
“The university apologizes for the despicable chants made by some University of Oregon fans at today’s football game with Brigham Young University. There is no place for hate, bias or bigotry at the University of Oregon. These actions are simply unacceptable. We will investigate, and we call on our students and campus community to refuse to accept or tolerate this type of behavior,” a university spokesperson said in a statement to Deseret News.
To all @BYUfootball fans in attendance at todays game we would like to apologize for the actions of the students in attendance. We do not condone or support any hateful speech directed towards one’s religion and are ashamed of those who participated.
— Oregon Pit Crew (@OregonPitCrew) September 18, 2022
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