The spotlight is a revealing metaphor. I was once put in charge of an actual spotlight for an eighth grade musical (I don't sing) and let me tell you: those people on stage have no control over the spotlight. They don't shine it on themselves and they don't control where it goes.
...made her sound dumb as shit.
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At one point, it was frustrating, Harper said, adding that she resolved the matter through prayer. [...] Yet Harper acknowledged being startled by the extent to which Jones has revealed details about her own dissolute childhood in Des Moines. Her father spent time in prison. Her family lived for a period in a Salvation Army basement. She had a brief and desperate career as a child shoplifter.
“I’ve had family issues as well, but I’m not willing to say all of them just so it can be in the papers,” Harper said. “I don’t want that for myself or my family.”
I didn't really fit into one thing. I was too quirky to play a lead girl but I was too exotic to play the stable best friend. ... I would try out to play women of color and they'd be like, 'You're not dark enough.' And then I would try to play a surfer babe and they'd be like, 'You're too exotic, we want somebody who kind of looks like the girl next door.'
"I tell him, 'I don't know how you do it,' " said Schilens, who has received calls from friends who want him to ask Tebow for an autograph. "I've never seen anything like it. The fans around here love him. The moment he steps on the field, the fans are just fascinated by him, and rightly so. He's a good dude."
After a lukewarm reception Saturday for the public practice, Tebow received a huge ovation Sunday when he scrambled out of the pocket and ran up the sideline closest to the bleachers -- the first true Tebow moment in training camp.
In the meeting room, Tebow is attentive and curious, according to teammates. They say he's usually one of the first players to raise his hand in the classroom, asking questions of the coaches.
"Having Tim has been fantastic," third-string quarterback Greg McElroy said. "He's such a positive guy, he's such a worker. It's fun to see him. You hear all the stories about him, from college and the NFL, and now I finally get a chance to spend a little time with him."
Sanchez has outplayed Tebow after three practices, but that shouldn't come as a big surprise. Tebow isn't known as a strong practice player, but he never lets up and keeps on smiling amid intense media scrutiny.
"Half you guys wouldn't be here if it weren't for him," Scott told a crowd of reporters. "He takes it in stride and never lets if affect his relationship with his teammates. We know it comes with the territory. We're able to deal with it. It's New York. We can handle anything."
Jones has received far greater publicity than any other American track and field athlete competing in the London Games. This was based not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign. Essentially, Jones has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be — vixen, virgin, victim — to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses.
Women have struggled for decades to be appreciated as athletes. For the first time at these Games, every competing nation has sent a female participant. But Jones is not assured enough with her hurdling or her compelling story of perseverance. So she has played into the persistent, demeaning notion that women are worthy as athletes only if they have sex appeal. And, too often, the news media have played right along with her.
“They didn’t even do their research, calling me the Anna Kournikova of track. I have the American record. I am the American record holder indoors, I have two world indoor titles. Just because I don’t boast about these things, I don’t think I should be ripped apart by media. I laid it out there, fought hard for my country and it’s just a shame that I have to deal with so much backlash when I’m already so brokenhearted as it is.”
What makes the story interesting is that the Times got a few things right—and much more wrong—and that the Internet missed out on the hidden subtext: If Jones looked black, this article wouldn’t exist. She’d be treated no differently than Harper or Wells. Yes, she would still have a very compelling history no matter her color. But right or wrong, her looks dominate the narrative. And if she looked black, that wouldn’t be possible. Black hasn’t always been beautiful, says Ketra L. Armstrong, a professor at the University of Michigan who specializes in sports marketing/consumer behavior.
A common tactic employed by biased political journalists is, rather than directly expressing an opinion in a story, to find an expert to state that opinion. As Bernard Goldberg noted in his 2001 book Bias, “Here’s one of those dirty little secrets journalists are never supposed to reveal to the regular folks out there in the audience: a reporter can find an expert to say anything the reporter wants—anything! Just keep calling until one of the experts says what you need him to say and tell him you’ll be right down with your camera crew to interview him.” Longman quoted only two people in his article. Though Jones is one of the most respected and popular athletes in track and field, somehow all of their quotes were critical of her.
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