Christian Sagers: This is outrageous! Four internet stories to make your blood boil

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  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 17, 2018 12:20 p.m.

    DesNews, when can we expect a retraction of Mr. Sagers' inexplicable defense of Sarah Jeong's disgusting racism?

  • Moderator Nauvoo, IL
    Aug. 15, 2018 2:48 p.m.

    From Breitbart, since it won't be reported here:

    "The black leadership coalition Project 21 is speaking out against Sarah Jeong, the New York Time’s hire for its editorial board, calling her history of anti-white person slurs on social media “racist” and “vulgar” and the decision reveals “inconsistency” and “irresponsibility” in the media outlet’s handling of race issues.

    “Ms. Jeong is the recipient of leftist privilege, which means that whatever she says can and will be forgiven no matter how vile or racist her actions may have been,” Project 21 Co-Chair Stacy Washington said.

    “This is within their purview, but the double-standard is glaring.”

    “Sarah Jeong’s comments are antithetical in an age when we should be moving beyond racism to embrace our greater American identity,” Project 21 member Rich Holt said in a statement distributed to the media. “This racist liberal engages in a divisive anti-white narrative that is just as damaging as black codes and segregation were in the past.”

    “As Americans, we need to erase the hyphens that divide us and embrace our unity under the red, white and blue,” Holt said.

  • Antidote To Chaos Toronto-Canada, 00
    Aug. 14, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    To quote the article: "Sarah Jeong? Turns out those tweets were intended as a satirical response to the racism, misogyny and vile speech Jeong has experienced as an outspoken Asian feminist. Were they the right way to go about the matter? Probably not, and Jeong admits the same. But removing the context of the tweets is an inappropriate way to skewer an otherwise decent human being."

    Actually, there were hundreds of tweets. While she claimed they were satirical, she never offered an proof. It was a blanket PR statement that strained credulity. Simply shows how leftists continue to censor patriots, while not censoring leftists.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    Aug. 12, 2018 4:45 p.m.

    Benjamin Franklin said " it is better to be uninformed than misinformed"

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Aug. 12, 2018 3:53 p.m.

    None of these cause me outrage, hmm.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Aug. 12, 2018 3:45 p.m.

    Excellent editorial. We need to stop the knee-jerk reactions because people are being harmed whether physically or emotionally who should not have been. While the rumor mill was an effective way to spread guile in the past, the internet does that now on steroids. It has done a lot of good, but even more not so good.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 3:53 p.m.

    @Zabilde seems to ignore that most people taken down during the initial phase of the MeToo movement last year were liberals--Weinstein, Spacy, Frankin, Conyers, etc.

    I'm appalled that she makes light of Trump's Access Hollywood bragging. It was highly offensive to me personally, but apparently some women don't mind being seen as merely an object to be taken advantage of. (20+ women made claims of sexual harassment against him--I think it's pretty clear women throwing themselves at him occurs frequently in his mind, rather than reality).

    You think Trump asking Russia to find Hillary's emails was a joke--I think it was a signal. But Trump likes to think he can get away w/any offensive & provocative comment by saying he was "just joking" if he's crticized. Intelligent people aren't fooled.

    This isn't a right or left thing, despite what people pretend. It's the result of living in a society that demands news 24/7 & which has now elevated social media & talk show hosts (which is basically all Fox is) above educated & trained journalists & news anchors.

    This is why I don't do Facebook anymore, & why I watch PBS & Lester Holt. To me, Morning Joe isn't much better than Hannity.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 2:43 p.m.

    Nice try on Sarah Jeong. If any of us had made tweets like that using any other minority, the context would have been unimportant. Our lives would have been destroyed.

    Commenter Zabilde is absolutely correct. You have just demonstrated leftist double-standards in the media. Why wasn't Roseanne Barr in your list? (we already know)

    Next, are you going to try to rehabilitate Ali Watkins?

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    Would you - should you - prefer to be outraged or informed?

    Zabilde prefers the former.

    Tsk, tsk.

    However awkwardly made, the point of this piece is a good one.

  • The-Antidote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    I agree with the original intent of this article. We do live in the age of outrage. And I find most of it disingenuous. But as with most op. ed. pieces with the Deseret News, if goes completely of the rails, demonstrating their leftist bias. The Sarah Jeong example is not an intellectually honest assessment of all her tweets. But to use James Gunn as an example is insane. How about you include the 3 most vile examples of Gunn's pedophile and rape jokes in your article, and let your audience decide whether his tweets are outrageous. I for one think a healthy society should be outraged by the normalizing of pedophile and rape jokes!

  • Traveller Farmington, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 10:48 a.m.

    There's still a double standard at work here, isn't there?

    Sarah Jeong gets a pass because she's a racial minority, female, and a feminist, and it was all intended as "satire" anyway.

    James Gunn is white and male, and even though he intended his tweets to be humorous he still gets fired.

    Even this article seems to be making more excuses for Jeong than Gunn. It says that both tweets are unacceptable, but the reasons for thinking before judging Jeong are all related to which PC victim categories she fits and what her "satirical" intent, while the reasons given for thinking before judging Gunn are just who his accuser was. Isn't it relevant that Gunn was also trying to be provocative and humorous - in a word, "satirical"?

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Aug. 10, 2018 10:34 a.m.

    “How many of us today would rather be outraged than informed?” Excellent question, and point taken. I agree with main point of this column. But I don't buy the excuse that Sarah Jeong gave. She also had virulent anti-cop tweets. Are they satirical too?
    As for James Gunn, his old tweets were abominable. Now, people can and do change, and maybe this tweets can be forgiven, but not just because of who uncovered them.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    Yet the left can't let a supposedly private conversation about how women throw themselves at then TV and Real estate mogul Trump so blatantly that he claims he can just grab them.

    Or an off the cuff joke about asking the Russians for the Hillary emails means there must have been collusion.

    Or how young athletes have had their twitter histories searched for off color things they've said (even just quoting rap lyrics) when they were teens in HS.

    The fact is Ms. Jeong made multiple offensively racist tweets, without context and kept her job. Rosanne makes one offensive tweets and loses her Show in hours.

    People cheer the destruction of the Trump Star for alleged wrong doing while inches away Admitted child molester Kevin Spacey's star is un touched as is convicted rapist Bill Cosby's star.

    Yes, key details were lacking in the foul-ball story but were clarified almost immediately in the comments when I saw it on FB last week.

    But mostly this article is about the double standard between the left and the right. Leftists can say something and gets off with a weak excuse. A conservative says something and gets slammed with it for years.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Aug. 10, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    Hmmm. Sarah Jeong. James Gunn. Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump. Harvey Weinstein. Paul Manafort. My Republican neighbor. Your Democrat co-worker.

    Not saying any of these are innocent or without fault. But, perhaps, being slow to judgment is a virtue to be especially valued in our day.