Up with Chris Hayes drops systemic analysis on Penn State

Chris Hayes, my morning talk show boyfriend, dedicated an hour of his Saturday show to the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. Hayes is joined by a great panel: The New Yorker writer Rick Hertzberg, University of Texas visiting scholar Victoria M. Defrancesco Soto, former Brooklyn District Attorney and Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson, and The Nation‘s sports writer Dave Zirin. They look at the way powerful institutions breed this sort of corruption and evil, drawing links with the scandal in the Catholic Church. There are also smart explorations of some of the class and race dynamics at play. The full hour is an important contextualizing of this scandal within some larger systems of power. There’s certainly more to discuss, including about the racial dynamics of the scandal, but this is an important addition to the conversation that I’m glad to see on a mainstream news channel. Check it out:

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  1. Posted November 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    This panel discussion looks good and I plan to watch it. I have a comment, however, based on the first minute. As a former journalist and a lawyer, I dislike it when people misuse legal terminology in an attempt (I assume) to sound smart.

    “Fact pattern”? This is not a law school hypothetical exam problem. “Facts,” or “alleged facts” would have been better.

    The word “stipulate” was also used incorrectly. In law, it’s used to make a concession about a fact that either is insignificant or is so damaging that the lawyer doesn’t want the other side to be able to dwell on it by extended argument.

    This is not nitpicking. When I hear mistakes like that at the very start it makes me question the whole enterprise.

  2. Posted November 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    The video was good, but I think they needed you there Jos! The conversation seem to really fall a part once they got on the subject of sexual assault and how on earth it wasn’t reported. Well, a feminist could easily spell that one out!

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