Many people in the media have expressed outrage over the fact that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received only a two-game suspension after he beat his fiancé unconscious and dragged her from an elevator. However, in all of their editorials that I have read, they have left out one important, inconvenient fact – he did not start the fight. That’s right, Janay Palmer, Rice’s then-fiancé and current wife, assaulted him first. Rice beat her in response to her attack on him, although it was clearly an overreaction and an obvious unnecessary use of force. Rice could have easily thwarted her attack on him in a much less brutal fashion.
The fact remains, however, that she was the first to resort to violence. She was even initially charged with assault, although that charge was later dropped, as the authorities rightly concluded that she had already suffered enough. In no way does this justify Rice’s reaction, but it is a mitigating circumstance. Of course, that doesn’t matter to all the usual suspects, who are now slamming the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell for not caring about the health of women, who make up 44% of the league’s fans. Well, where were they when Josh Morgan of the Chicago Bears was getting a lesser punishment from the league for assaulting a man, who, by the way, did not initiate the violence? Are they not concerned about the fact that the league does not care about the health of men, who make up 56% of the league’s fans?
This is just another example of media bias against men. The U.S. media long ago sold out to radical feminism, just as it sold out to the gay lobby. The media clearly supports the feminists’ efforts to achieve equality for women – but only in the areas where it benefits them. They want it both ways, and the media clearly supports their goal. They want equality with men when it comes to employment opportunities, health care costs, and sports availability (see Title 9). However, they want nothing to do with equality with their male counterparts when it comes to stuff like military obligations, auto/life insurance costs, child custody/family law, and, of course, situations like the one Janay Palmer ventured into. Perhaps, Ray Rice was, in effect, saying: “You want equality? I’ll give you equality.” Now the media is responding with a big “How dare you?”