Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fanny and the Jets

Sports journalists around the country had the opportunity to dust off their soap boxes this week when Mexican "sports reporter" Ines Sainz paid a visit to the New York Jets for an interview with "quarterback" Mark Sanchez. Evidently, this group of 20-somethings with varying degrees of education and self-entitlement behaved like a group of 20-somethings with varying degrees of education and self-entitlement. They hooted and hollered and ran in Sainz's direction, making her uncomfortable. Pardon me for not giving a damn.

I don't think objectifying women in the workplace is acceptable, nor should it be tolerated, but this is not your typical sexual harassment issue. When Sainz woke up the morning of the interview, painted on her jeans, and forgot that there were two more buttons on the top of her blouse, she knew what she was doing and where she was headed. Her clothes are so tight that if she put her car keys in her back pocket you could tell she drives a Volvo.

This is the same woman who has shown up at Super Bowl media day and asked to measure varying NFL body parts. How is anyone supposed to take seriously a "reporter" who doesn't extend herself the same courtesy?

From what I understand, she was in town to interview and do a story on Mark freaking Sanchez. You begin to lose credibility with me right there. When you go outside and check your mail this afternoon, by the time you get back to your couch you will have gained more yards than Sanchez threw for in week one. I suppose I can buy the idea for the story given the Mexican-American heritage of Mark Sanchez, but let's not lose sight of the fact that TV Azteca sent their pretty reporter to interview a pretty quarterback. Sainz was playing a game she's very good at, and in a year when we see her doing the tango on Dancing With The Stars, more people will realize that. I didn't know her name a week ago and neither did you. For the sake of serious female journalists who have an uphill battle from the moment they choose their career path, let's be honest with ourselves about what's going on here.

This isn't a "blame the victim" mentality, because to me, the only victims of this story are the general public who have to listen to journalists pontificate about how naughty the Jets were. I'll consider Ines Sainz a credible reporter the same day I look at Mark Sanchez and think, "now THAT'S a quarterback."

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