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"single, short, and a little bit chubby"

  1. blue dog profile image79
    blue dogposted 7 years ago

    no, this isn't to ask how many males on hub pages have these characteristics.  that's rather obvious.

    instead, as reported on a public radio program heard across the country (on the left side of the dial), the accused suspect in the ft. hood shooting possesses these characteristics, making him more likely to attempt such an act than if he weren't "single, short, and a little bit chubby." 

    is this viable news reporting? or is it bigoted?

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      C.J. Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      How about a poor sense of timing?  It would appear to be a failed attempt at humor?

      1. blue dog profile image79
        blue dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        it would appear that this particular public radio program continues to slide into to gutter of infotainment.  poor timing and failed humor?  more like a basic incompetence.

      2. Dee Dee MonSherie profile image61
        Dee Dee MonSherieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        A screwed up way to compensate for lack of machismo...perhaps he should have done what other men do???  They are responsible for women being poor judges of distance because the men teach us that what appears to be two inches is actually six or eight inches???  Yes?

    2. tony0724 profile image60
      tony0724posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      In answer to your last question that is just stupid !

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      C.J. Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I just read the entire article.  When I consider the entire article I don't see it as bigoted. However when you read the line:
      ""single, short, and a little bit chubby."  I just doesn't fit with the rest of the article. BAD EDITING...

      1. blue dog profile image79
        blue dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        you're correct, cj, bad editing.  combined with bad reporting and the company's desire to shift away from what made them successful. they're more than happy to slide into the infotainment world of sensationalism.  complete, total, and absolute irresponsibility.

        i'm not "single, short, and a little bit chubby," but if i were, it's a guarantee that npr would be given the riot act. 

        as lita posted previously, their book reviews are abysmal at best.  their music reviews are even worse.

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          C.J. Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          What I like about NPR is that it is (or maybe used to be) plain news...by that I mean it was simply read as is...very little commentary.

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    Leta Sposted 7 years ago

    What was this, BD?  Air America?  I kinda hate them...

    It wasn't NPR, was it?

    1. blue dog profile image79
      blue dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this
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        Leta Sposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        hahaha, BD...concerning your last post.  Well.  I'm sure there is some truth in it, wink.

        *edit...and be sure the women of hp have running theories going, too.  (Don't worry, you are on to it!)

        1. blue dog profile image79
          blue dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          in some instances, it's called short man syndrome for a reason.

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            Leta Sposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Awww.  I know you are tall...and my bf is 6', but I've known many attractive & charming shorter guys.  It's usually some other, really disagreeable trait.

            And rebekah - You'd be surprised what is overlooked in big organizations.  Sometimes it seems the unstable ones are the ones who stay...driving a lot of decent people out or away (or in this case, God...killing them).

            1. blue dog profile image79
              blue dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              that's why i added my disclaimer, in some instances.

              i have a lifelong friend who is 5'6".  he's a good man, and even better friend.  the only problem is that his hair is about an inch longer than mine.

      2. rebekahELLE profile image91
        rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        so many things are going to be said. there was another NPR article about how officials from Walter Reed had discussed his mental stabilty since 2008.  how is this stuff overlooked?

        http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor … &cc=fp

        1. blue dog profile image79
          blue dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          listened to this report as well.  this afternoon's news was almost disgusting.  very juvenile reporting, with a severe inability to ask the questions that will hold people accountable.  everyone is in the CYA mode, saying i told you so, etc.  now he's a scapegoat.

          last thursday morning he was a Major in the u.s. army.

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        C.J. Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        NPR???? WOW, I would have never guessed!

  3. blue dog profile image79
    blue dogposted 7 years ago

    glad i'm not short and chubby.

    lita, did you notice the trolls staying away from this one?

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image85
      Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      smile

      1. Dee Dee MonSherie profile image61
        Dee Dee MonSherieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Perhaps November 11th is the International Troll Holiday and they are all off celebrating themselves, yes??

  4. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    that's for sure, both big and small organizations/companies.

    it's all about power and control.

  5. dave272727 profile image60
    dave272727posted 7 years ago

    Infotainment is a growing trend both on the internet and the cable news channels.  I hate to admit it, but the best American news is probably the BBC.

  6. Lisa HW profile image82
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    I read the article, and the way I took what they said was that he couldn't find a girlfriend or wife because he was short and chubby.  It struck me as two-step jump from short and chubby to girlfriend-less - and then from there, more likely a freako killer.  It pretty much looks to me like whoever was reporting didn't want to see any of the elephants in the room and was, instead, looking for flimsy "other reasons".

    It's pretty irresponsible, though, because the world is full of tall and chubby, short and thin, or tall and think mental-case freaks.  Besides, I somehow doubt this guy's only problem finding women was being chubby or short!  lol  He's a mental-case weirdo who wanted to be a terrorist.  Points off in the eyes of most normal women looking for date.  smile

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      Leta Sposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah.  There are just strange things sometimes on NPR news programs.  I can't explain it.  Most of the time, I enjoy listening, but when it comes down to it, the shows I like are more arts, music or science oriented.  The news I always find a bit 'off.'  They also at times make too much of some books, just because they are deemed 'literary.'  Or, should I say, coming out of this or that writing program.  Which doesn't equal 'good.'

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    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 7 years ago

    I second that, simply stupid  and irresponsible reporting at its finest

  8. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Short, chubby, well educated, socially inept and a psychiatrist? hmm

  9. The Rope profile image59
    The Ropeposted 7 years ago

    And the editors are where?

    1. blue dog profile image79
      blue dogposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      maybe npr could jump in here and give us their reason as to why that particular reporter still has a job.  or what exactly were the editors thinking.

      if jeff brady is trying to follow daniel schorr's footsteps, he might want to consider purchasing a compass.

    2. The Rope profile image59
      The Ropeposted 7 years ago

      NPR made a programming shift about 8 months ago and took off a great favorite drive-time program - the reason given was budget cuts.  I didn't understand it at the time since it was such a terrific topical show.  Haven't listened since as the replacement was drivil.  Obviously the shift to the infotainment world is the answer.  Thanks for the heads up.

    3. caranoelle profile image83
      caranoelleposted 7 years ago

      Saying that the shooter is "single, short, and a little bit chubby" is bigoted, I believe.  This is no excuse.  Are we now going to profile people based on their attractiveness?  If so, who will determine what is attractive?  Some women like men like that, some men like women that are big too.  *sigh*

     
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