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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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/novemberreader/ November Reader

    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.

  • http://feministing.com/members/athenia/ athenia

    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!