February 3, 2013

Rick Reilly Crosses the Line

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 10:37 am

With ESPN’s Rick Reilly, you know to take the good with the bad.

Many of his columns are outstanding. Others, such as when he used the death of Pat Tillman as an excuse to insert an antiwar screed, aren’t.

His pre-Super Bowl column on Wednesday crossed a line.

Rick has an adopted daughter. That’s great. He obviously believes that adopted kids should meet with their birth mom, as his daughter has (and I presume “birth parents” if Dad is also around).

But he is upset to the point of near-bullying that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t meet with his birth mom:

“Is that how you feel?” I asked Kaepernick on Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. “That it would be disrespectful to meet with your birth mother?”

“No,” Kaepernick said. “It’s not really a respect thing. It’s just — that’s my family. That’s it.”

“But aren’t you curious?”


… The Kaepernicks have told Colin they’d have no problem with him speaking to Russo. They even met with her recently without Colin. But Colin hasn’t budged on the issue. One of his friends told Yahoo! Sports that Colin would think it’s “treasonous” to meet with Russo.

But it’s not. It’s healthy. It’s healing. It’s natural.

Really, Rick, how dare you? Who died and made you relationships’ king?

The relationship between Kaepernick and his birth mom is none of your damned business (or mine), and shame on you for capitalizing of the world’s biggest sports stage to harass a player about his personal life before the biggest game of his life just to advance your personal agenda.

Psst! Harbaugh Brothers and Family Are Devoted Catholics

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:57 am

A Google News search ths morning on “Harbaugh brothers Catholic” (not in quotes, sorted by date, with duplicates and originally omitted items), returned 24 items. A broader search at the Associated Press’s national site on “Harbaugh Catholic” (not in quotes) came up empty. This is disappointing, given that both brothers are by all accounts very active in and devoted to the Catholic Church.

The stories found at Google News were predominantly from Catholic-oriented publications, with the most notable exception being one by Matthew Barrows at the Sacramento Bee, whose story comprised 15 of those 24 listed results. Excerpts from that Thursday piece, much of which was about the Harbaugh brothers as youths, are after the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020313)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: Mother who chose life reunited with daughter years later

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Ocean Springs, Mississippi:

Feb 2, 2013 / 11:57 am

Jackie White’s greatest Christmas gift didn’t come wrapped in pretty paper and adorned with a bow.

It wasn’t a new car, an iPhone or one of the latest and greatest electronic gadgets.
It was her birth mother.

After extensive research, White located her biological mother, Bette Fanning, who had given her up for adoption in 1965.

“I was a single mother. I had been divorced from my first husband. I had three boys. I just felt like I couldn’t raise her as good as somebody else might be able to,” said Fanning, who was living in Quincy, Mass. when she made the decision to give Jackie up for adoption.

“At the time, my brother and his wife lived in Florida, so all of the kids and I came down to Florida and that’s where I had Jackie. My brother found me a doctor and the doctor was the one who knew a lawyer that dealt in adoptions. I never saw her. I just knew that she was a girl.”

White, who grew up in Pascagoula, Miss. and attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and Our Lady of Victories High School, was a child when her parents told her that she had been adopted. “I was probably eight years-old,” she said.

By the time she learned she was adopted, White’s adopted parents had already been divorced for just over three years.

“He remarried about a year later and he and his wife were the ones that raised me,” said White, who was pregnant with her first son when she began the search for the woman who gave her the gift of life.

“I was 19,” she said. “I tried to go through resources that I knew (to find her).”

One of those resources was Ocean Springs resident Lettie White, her future mother-in-law. “She tried to help me go in the right direction and did as much research as she could,” Jackie White.

Fanning also thought about trying to find the girl she gave up at birth.

“Then I kind of got the feeling that maybe she wouldn’t accept me and you don’t want that rejection,” said Fanning, who is a parishioner of St. Anastasia Parish in St. Augustine, Fla. and a worker with the Diocese of St. Augustine’s Catholic Charities office. …

Go here for the rest of the story.