I will not talk about Rex and his wife here. This is a comment on Deadspin’s editorial policy. I would hardly call this ‘reporting.’
In case you haven’t seen this, Deadspin surfaced a foot fetish video that they insinuate involves the wife of New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan (and maybe Ryan himself).
Deadspin’s article has zero journalistic value. It is nothing more than holding up a married couple’s personal lifestyle choices for public ridicule. For me, no different than ostracizing two men who choose to share their lives together in a healthy, loving relationship. Oh wait, that already does happen, and it’s actually sanctioned by law. So perhaps here we see where attitudes of sexual bigotry begin.
Why did Deadspin launch such a thorough investigation into the sex life of a married couple? They didn’t just leave it at the video. They actively tracked down profiles from an adult website they link to the Ryans. Sexed-up stories become picked-up stories.
Deadspin also broke this tasty nugget, so it’s not the first time they’ve raised questions about the sexual habits of someone connected to the Jets. But the Brett Favre story has journalistic value – it is a story of Favre’s potential sexual harassment, that involves a forceful act against a non-consenting person that violated the trust of a professional relationship. Some would say that should not only be an on-the-job demerit, but an actual crime.
No children were harmed in the making of this video and no citizens had their rights violated. Anything between consenting adults should be considered socially acceptable. But as long as America remains a nation of prudes, voyeuristic non-journalism such as this will continue to sell.