he American media is shocked, shocked, that someone would violate the privacy of a gorgeous ESPN reporter, said Hamilton Nolan in Gawker, by secretly videotaping her naked in her hotel room. So shocked, in fact, that newspapers are begging readers not to watch Erin Andrews video peep clips on the Internet, and demanding jail for the perv responsible. What hypocrisy. Despite the clucking, the media has fed the frenzy with wall-to-wall coverage and countless slide shows of Andrews glamour shots.
It's always easy to blame the media, said The Virginian-Pilot. But newspapers didn't make "Erin Andrews video peep" the No. 1 search phrase on Google. And people kept trying to watch despite warnings that many of the Andrews peephole video links were infected with malware. "Eh-hem. Sounds like a horribly dysfunctional dance between the media and the audience."
So why not point the finger at our sports culture? said Clay Travis in Fanhouse. ESPN is mad at everyone who tried to watch Erin Andrews video peep clips, but "ESPN has been selling us soft-core sex via Andrews for several years, building up demand for a moment just like this." This "really sucks" for Andrews, because the message it sends is, no matter how well you do your job, to many men you're "just the hot chick that they want to see naked."
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