Monday, February 20, 2012

ESPN fires editor and disciplines anchor for Lin headline snafu

Amid the furor over a poor choice of words on the air and in headlines last week, ESPN has fired an editor,  disciplined an anchor and issued apologies. The fired editor, Anthony Federico, says the headline was an "honest mistake." Max Betos, the anchor who was suspended for 30 days, apologized and explained that his wife is Asian.

Jeremy Lin headline slur was 'honest mistake,' fired ESPN editor claims 
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"This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny," Federico told the Daily News.

"I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy."

The headline - "Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin's 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets" - appeared on ESPN's mobile website at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and was removed by 3:05 a.m.

Battling to contain a furor, the sports network fired Federico and suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days because it turned out he had used the same expression on the air last week. ESPN offered profuse mea culpas and promised to be "better in the future."
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