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July 23, 2014

Unbroken string of successful magazine images; Israelis take out frustration on foreign correspondents; Israel, Hamas jostle to control social media narrative; anchor swims Rio Grande to make immigration point; race and policing, urban violence endure as issues; Kenneth B. Noble, former N.Y. Times reporter, dies at 60; Twitter joins in disclosing low numbers of blacks, Latinos; photographer's forceful images prompt Internet rage; Smith, Bayless in shoutfest over gay player (7/23/14).

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Smith, Bayless in Shoutfest Over Gay Player

"Sports talk shows have the capacity to be just as inane as cable news,"Tina Nguyen wrote Tuesday for Mediaite, "and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith just hit a new one: he and Skip Bayless fell into a heated debate about Tony Dungy's comments about gay NFL draftee Michael Sam.

"Smith argued that Sam's sexuality was a problem, one which could impact the success of the St. Louis Rams, while Michael Vick, whose return to the NFL after being convicted for dogfighting cause massive controversy, was just a 'nuisance.'

"'Whether it's a religious perspective, or taking his quote verbatim, [Dungy] happens to be right!' Smith said. 'Somebody going to jail for a dogfighting scandal, serving his time in a prison, and then being in an NFL locker room, is not necessarily something that will cause a distraction in the eyes of players, compared to somebody that is gay in a locker room. We don't like to say that, but it's just the truth.' . . ." [video]

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