More on that AP report: Do you see how easy it is to build a silly, incriminating-sounding framework?
Meanwhile, we were struck by what Chris Hayes said last night about that AP report. For a bait of background, see our previous post.
What you see here is very soft. As journalism, this just isn’t real sharp:
HAYES (9/10/14): The thing I thought today, if the AP report is true, and I have no reason to think it is not true, other than it’s an unnamed source and I don’t know who that person is—if it’s true, then they’re going to try to make someone walk the plank on this who’s not Roger Goodell. But it’s going to be very, very hard for them to pull that off.Hayes “has no reason to think the report is not true.” Neither do we, although the report certainly could turn out to be false in some respect.
The question is, what does the AP report mean even if its assertions are true? What does it mean if the tape from inside the elevator was, in fact, sent to some unspecified NFL office?
It doesn’t mean anything until you learn what happened next. Until you learn what office it was. Until you learn what happened to the tape when it arrived at that office.
Even if this report is true, a lot more has to be learned. Hayes simply jumped ahead to an incriminating picture of Goodell—the “pig” we’re trying to kill in this instance—doing something dishonest.
What you see above is an entertainment presentation. Hayes is pretending to discuss the problem of men beating women. In truth, he’s entertaining us tribal rubes by excitingly killing the pig.