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Washington’s blogger-turned-lobbyist faces scrutiny

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So in 2006, blogger Ben Tribbett exposed the video of George Allen using the term “macaca” on the campaign trail toward an opposition volunteer who was following Allen around and recording everything he said.

The term, regarded by Tribbett as a racial slur, sparked a debate over whether it was really a slur.  Which makes Tribbett’s current employment by a team with a name that is subject to debate over whether it is or isn’t a slur — and a team president who happens to be George Allen’s brother, Bruce — a bit inconsistent, to say the least.

Oneida Indian Nation, one of the most outspoken Native American groups against the team name, recently pointed out the contradiction.

“Ben Tribbett was right to criticize George Allen for using a racial epithet against people of color, so it is surprising that Mr. Tribbett is now a paid operative working with George Allen and his brother Bruce to actively promote a racial epithet against people of color,” the group said in a recent statement.  “Mr. Tribbett needs to explain why he thinks it is unacceptable to slur Indian Americans but that it is somehow acceptable to similarly slur Native Americans. Maybe he’s had a change of heart and now thinks denigrating people on the basis of their skin color is OK, or perhaps he was fine selling his principles to the highest bidder. In this case, Dan Snyder has repeatedly proven that he is the highest bidder of them all when it comes to his desire to continue profiting off of the slander of Native Americans.”

More recently, a diligent effort to track down the content of Tribbett’s now-defunct blog revealed that he supported his contention that “macaca” is a slur by linking to a list of slurs that included “macaca.”  And, yes, “redskins.”

While not quite the smoking gun that some will deem it to be, the presence of the word Tribbett is now defending on a list of slurs that included the name he once attacked shows that he probably wasn’t the best choice to help the effort to defend the name.  Making his hiring the latest blunder by a franchise that has authored over the last year and a half an excellent case study on how not to handle P.R. problems.

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  1. RoseTintedVisor says: Jul 6, 2014 6:22 PM

    Only Straight Land Owning White Males determine what constitutes a slur. It’s in the Constitution.

  2. cdent4 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:35 PM

    Here’s a quote from a story the Washington Times did on the Trademark cancellation.

    “The trademark appeals board based its ruling on part of the law that says a trademark can be canceled if it is deemed disparaging. In the case of the Redskins, the board said the drop in the use of the word in the last century showed it was becoming a slur. The board also pointed to research that found at least 30 percent of American Indians surveyed found the name offensive.”

    “…the drop in the use of the word in the last century showed it was becoming a slur.”

    So using that logic, should we also deem that because people don’t name their children Madge, Lillian, Gertrude, etc… anymore, that those names are slurs as well? Or could it be that, times change and people just don’t use the word redskins anymore unless they’re referring to the Washington Redskins?

  3. shackdelrio says: Jul 6, 2014 6:36 PM

    The Allen brothers should have an ethnic slur-off.

  4. illwillthemick says: Jul 6, 2014 6:37 PM

    nobody owns lands anymore.. you merely rent it from the government

  5. mightyminer says: Jul 6, 2014 6:38 PM

    money talks

  6. Michael says: Jul 6, 2014 6:44 PM

    Been a fan of the team for a long time but when the people Dan Snyder claims the name honors indicate they are not only not honored but insulted by the name it needs to change.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 6, 2014 6:47 PM

    Now they have to dig themselves out of a steaming heap of macaca.

  8. revskip says: Jul 6, 2014 6:56 PM

    The name will change. Progress is inexorable.

  9. cuda1234 says: Jul 6, 2014 6:56 PM

    Another day, another attack on a private business. Leave it alone and let the free market work.

  10. TheWizard says: Jul 6, 2014 6:56 PM

    That was another media generated controversy meant to derail a republican. Were it a democrat, no big deal would have been made of it.

  11. asimonetti88 says: Jul 6, 2014 7:01 PM

    Is the Oneida Nation the only one that opposes the Redskins? Every time you talk about this issue, you mention Oneida. I had never heard of them before. I guess they’re achieving what they set out to do.

  12. seahawkgoat says: Jul 6, 2014 7:04 PM

    Trustworthy media is a slur

  13. kaferwerks says: Jul 6, 2014 7:13 PM

    sorry Oneida Nation,

    you want to make Washington change their team name, yet you are quoted as referring to yourselves as the Oneida INDIAN Nation.
    You cry about how the term Redskins is offensive and a racial slur while you call yourselves INDIANS.

    this is offensive to the people of India. Change your name.

  14. getyourownname says: Jul 6, 2014 7:14 PM

    Another shot in the foot for Little Danny. Not sure he has any toes left. Obviously he learned nothing from the Harry Reid episode, or any of his other gaffes. For a supposed PR/ marketing guy, he’s remarkably incompetent at it. But why should he be less incompetent at this than he is at running a team.

  15. menofsteelers says: Jul 6, 2014 7:18 PM

    Fair warning if you criticize MF on this issue he will delete your comments. This is the 5th time for disagreeing with him.

  16. dukeearl says: Jul 6, 2014 7:37 PM

    “sorry Oneida Nation,

    you want to make Washington change their team name, yet you are quoted as referring to yourselves as the Oneida INDIAN Nation.
    You cry about how the term Redskins is offensive and a racial slur while you call yourselves INDIANS.

    this is offensive to the people of India. Change your name.”

    wow… just wow… take leaps in logic often?

  17. mschurm1 says: Jul 6, 2014 7:44 PM

    The Skins are an embarrassment to the league.

  18. dreadpiratesteve says: Jul 6, 2014 7:45 PM

    I hope they get to stay the Redskins. I am just so unbelievably sick of listening to this nonsense. Only the overly sensitive care.

  19. jvkaimak says: Jul 6, 2014 7:46 PM

    You and your nbc colleagues (costas & king) should face scrutiny too. Why all of a sudden are you sooooooo offended by REDSKINS?? You had no problem with it in the recent past. They must be paying you a good commission to jump on the bandwagon with the 10% that oppose the name. HTTR

  20. jvkaimak says: Jul 6, 2014 7:48 PM

    No kidding menofsteelers. He deletes everything if he’s questioned. I’m sure our posts won’t be up much longer.

  21. mrlaloosh says: Jul 6, 2014 8:03 PM

    BLUESKINS? Who could that offend? Maybe pasty Canadians caught out in the cold.

  22. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jul 6, 2014 8:12 PM

    Washington Warriors in 2015

    Enjoy

  23. burtmurphy1 says: Jul 6, 2014 8:29 PM

    Washington Reagans!

    Can you imagine how popular that name could be? It’s marketing gold. Make it happen Snyder.

  24. brickhead2012 says: Jul 6, 2014 8:35 PM

    The Washington Natives

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 6, 2014 8:42 PM

    Back when Allen used the word “macaca”, it was the first time I ever heard that term. It is a racial slur used by the French referring to non whites usually Arabs. It literally means “monkey”. Equal to the N word in America.

    A foolish mistake by Allen that may have cost him that election.

    I’m not aware of any sports teams with a macaca as their mascot but many have or had Redskins.
    Redskins is not a racial slur like macaca. Nice try to link them but it just doesn’t work.

  26. bonnovi says: Jul 6, 2014 9:02 PM

    nobody owns lands anymore.. you merely rent it from the government

    ————-

    What are you talking about? Landowners in America have some of the most extensive land rights in the Developed world.

  27. kd75 says: Jul 6, 2014 9:04 PM

    Macaca is a racial slur?

    I don’t know who that is even supposed to offend.

  28. nicofthenorthstar says: Jul 6, 2014 9:06 PM

    Man, that DC team “leadership” and its apologists are effective at finding new and creative ways to make themselves look foolish.

  29. teambolt5000 says: Jul 6, 2014 9:19 PM

    Below are a few of the articles available on PFT’s first page. Notice how every one is represented by a team name EXCEPT ONE? It is indeed sad that journalists would take sides on an issue.
    ……………………………………………………
    Geno Smith: Why can’t the Jets make a run to the Super Bowl?
    .
    Adam Gase: Broncos offense can be better in 2014
    Washington’s blogger-turned-lobbyist faces scrutiny
    .
    Can undrafted RB Antonio Andrews make Titans’ roster?
    .
    League limits Packers’ ability to sell non-stock stock

  30. tinbender2000 says: Jul 6, 2014 9:21 PM

    dreadpiratesteve says: Jul 6, 2014 7:45 PM

    I hope they get to stay the Redskins. I am just so unbelievably sick of listening to this nonsense. Only the overly sensitive care.
    55555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555

    Sounds like you’re overly sensitive.

  31. cfballfan1 says: Jul 6, 2014 9:21 PM

    More recently, a diligent effort to track down the content of Tribbett’s now-defunct blog revealed that he supported his contention that “macaca” is a slur by linking to a list of slurs that included “macaca.” And, yes, “redskins.”
    ——————————————————–

    A “diligent effort” by whom??

    Who is making the news on this subject and who is reporting it?

  32. xbam1 says: Jul 6, 2014 9:27 PM

    classic! Danny Snyder is a bafoon! lol

  33. djcologne says: Jul 6, 2014 9:46 PM

    OH SNAP…..yet another wrong turn for Snyder!

  34. teambolt5000 says: Jul 6, 2014 9:48 PM

    Jeep, you’re next. If the name Redskins is racist, then the Jeep Comanche and Jeep Cherokee have got to be racist and anybody who ever helped to build them or sell them are also racists.

  35. TheWizard says: Jul 6, 2014 10:00 PM

    What are you talking about? Landowners in America have some of the most extensive land rights in the Developed world.

    Skip paying your property taxes for one year and you’ll find out what he’s talking about.

  36. qdog112 says: Jul 6, 2014 10:23 PM

    “…perhaps he was fine selling his principles to the highest bidder.”
    *************
    It was a racial slur before it wasn’t or before the check cleared. Karl Rove of the bloggers? Money well spent, like in the 2012 election.

  37. qdog112 says: Jul 6, 2014 10:31 PM

    RoseTintedVisor says:
    Jul 6, 2014 6:22 PM
    Only Straight Land Owning White Males determine what constitutes a slur. It’s in the Constitution.
    ******************
    I’m afraid they didn’t really understand the snark. Bigots don’t have a sense of humor, so they really believe only Squidbillies should call all the shots.

    Home schooling ain’t working.

  38. sanjose61 says: Jul 6, 2014 10:42 PM

    Whatever your position on this debate, it’s inarguable that hiring Tribbett is only the latest blunder by Snyder.

    Could he have made a worse hire considering Tribbett’s background?

    Talk about the gang that couldn’t shoot straight…

  39. redskinsnamesupporter says: Jul 6, 2014 11:01 PM

    The same could be said about the consistency of how these stories are reported and the Oneida’s feelings on other names and how there reported.

    The Redskins only get hammered by the media but the Oneida group feels the same way about the Redskins, Chiefs and others but they never seem to get mentioned in the same sentence with the Redskins by the media.

    The Redskins come under some attack for some reason by this site in which is unreal to me. Washington hires a person to defend their name, no matter what his background is or was, they have that right. But when people cant single out the Redskins anymore as the only team or name that they want removed because the group let the cat out of the bag on the Chiefs, now its all about discrediting the Redskins choices and staff.

    Don’t be a sore loser, write the things that matter and put an end to a personal agenda that you will never win, especially now that Redskins are not the single agenda by this group anymore, now all issues that are reported by this group would have to be reported the same.

    If Oneida is upset with the Redskins and Chiefs, and its supposed to be about the Native Americans feelings then why is one name more detrimental to the group than the other as the media is trying to depict it. If Oneida deems them all racist, then there all racist by their standards. Why then does the media make the Redskins out to be the only ones mentioned or the most racist? Its like being pregnant, you either are or you’re not.

    Its a nice try by some to discredit the Redskins and their name but as soon as the Chiefs were named in the fight also, you lost all your ground to single out the Redskins. Just quit while your ahead, the name will remain and so will your anger towards the Redskins for the true reason you don’t like them, not the name, that’s just an excuse, its something other then the name, probably and most of all because the Redskins owner stated that he would never change the name and most media types figured well, I take that as a personal challenge and started their onslaught against the Redskins.

    It’s now over. Redskins for Life, but thanks for the free coverage!

  40. ytownjoe says: Jul 6, 2014 11:03 PM

    I can’t wait for football to start. Enough of this.

  41. bubbaamyt says: Jul 6, 2014 11:05 PM

    First, I am one quarter Native American through my grandmother on my father’s side. Second, how many of you are aware that there are several high schools on native american reservations whose nickname is Redskins? Don’t believe me? Google it.

  42. drummer2177 says: Jul 6, 2014 11:33 PM

    Doesn’t Oneida make silverware?

    What a way to get name recognition.

  43. redskinsnamesupporter says: Jul 6, 2014 11:46 PM

    The same could be said about the consistency of how these stories are reported and the Oneida’s feelings on other names and how there reported.

    The Redskins only get hammered by the media but the Oneida group feels the same way about the Redskins, Chiefs and others but they never seem to get mentioned in the same sentence with the Redskins by the media.

    The Redskins come under some attack for some reason by this site in which is unreal to me. Washington hires a person to defend their name, no matter what his background is or was, they have that right. But when people cant single out the Redskins anymore as the only team or name that they want removed because the group let the cat out of the bag on the Chiefs, now its all about discrediting the Redskins choices and staff.

    Don’t be a sore loser, write the things that matter and put an end to a personal agenda that you will never win, especially now that Redskins are not the single agenda by this group anymore, now all issues that are reported by this group would have to be reported the same.

    If Oneida is upset with the Redskins and Chiefs, and its supposed to be about the Native Americans feelings then why is one name more detrimental to the group than the other as the media is trying to depict it. If Oneida deems them all racist, then there all racist by their standards. Why then does the media make the Redskins out to be the only ones mentioned or the most racist? Its like being pregnant, you either are or you’re not.

    Its a nice try by some to discredit the Redskins and their name but as soon as the Chiefs were named in the fight also, you lost all your ground to single out the Redskins. Just quit while your ahead, the name will remain and so will your anger towards the Redskins for the true reason you don’t like them, not the name, that’s just an excuse, its something other then the name, probably and most of all because the Redskins owner stated that he would never change the name and most media types figured well, I take that as a personal challenge and started their onslaught against the Redskins.

    It’s now over. Redskins for Life, but thanks for the free coverage! A

  44. cdent4 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:03 AM

    menofsteelers says: Jul 6, 2014 7:18 PM

    Fair warning if you criticize MF on this issue he will delete your comments. This is the 5th time for disagreeing with him.

    Good to see I’m not the only one who has had this happen. He apparently has very thin skin.

  45. redskinsnamesupporter says: Jul 7, 2014 12:11 AM

    Unless you go after the Chiefs just as hard as you have The Redskins in your articles, then any further arguments against the Redskins are invalid, Sir.

    The Chiefs are considered just as bad as the Redskins by Oneida. So why does PFT not share that same view about this? Before it was just about the Redskins and a full out onslaught against the team going as far as calling the team and its officials racist because Oneida named them as a slur.

    If the Redskins are racist and the name a slur as viewed by Oneida and the media then why have I not seen comparable articles about the Chiefs who have been named a slur also? Not that I want to see them outed either because I believe both names are fine but I just wanted to point out the discrepancies in your reporting.

    Thanks for trying once again against the Redskins though, see you tomorrow when your new hate article against us comes out.

  46. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jul 7, 2014 12:11 AM

    shackdelrio says:Jul 6, 2014 6:36 PM

    The Allen brothers should have an ethnic slur-off.
    —————————————————-

    Darn it, they got me again; I’d pay to see that.

  47. countmahdrof says: Jul 7, 2014 6:45 AM

    Used to hate Snyder and the REDSKINS. They’re now my favorite team and Snyder my favorite owner. Anyone that sticks a finger in the eye of the PC crowd is all right by me.

    Go REDSKINS

  48. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 7, 2014 7:17 AM

    Or maybe, since we know Tribbett is the kind to call out people using slurs, he is on-board as recognizing that the term “Redskins” is not racist or a slur.

  49. grumpyoleman says: Jul 7, 2014 8:55 AM

    Maybe he just realized it isn’t a slur.

  50. sbchampsagain says: Jul 7, 2014 9:06 AM

    Man, this whole topic is is getting exhausting.
    I used to care what the DC team name was. Now i’m simply tired of reading about it.
    NEXT!

  51. packerbackernj says: Jul 7, 2014 9:24 AM

    just name a team the blakskins and see what happens.

  52. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Jul 7, 2014 9:31 AM

    378 to 25…… That’s the number of people that have used or believe the word to be a slur. In my poll from few articles ago.

    After reading the number of articles on this site regarding the Redskins or washington (what ever the hell that means) you would think the 25 were people who didn’t think it was a slur. However in the real world it’s the number that think it’s a slur. If my math is correct that’s 7%. I’m sure we could find 7% to support anything, literally anything! I’m sure more than 7% find the term washington, congress, and president a slur regarding the American people.

    Stand strong Snyder!!! Never change!!!!

  53. harveyredman says: Jul 7, 2014 9:56 AM

    I have no idea if this word is a slur or not…. But being a man of color and having been on the business end of many slurs, I can tell you this word is missing one of the key elements – it is not said in a derogatory manner or have the intention to insult.

    Just my two cents…

  54. jimmyt says: Jul 7, 2014 10:05 AM

    What is “macaca” anyway? I think it’s a nickname for Sir Paul in the UK but thats the only time I recall hearing it. Is there a book of words and phrases of things that may offend someone, somewhere?

  55. daysend564 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:01 AM

    I love Oneida tater tots!

  56. bblack771 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:27 AM

    Still linking to those “Redskins,” Mikey! It’s great to be on your high-horse while also profiting from what you consider a slur, no!?

  57. mediasloppy says: Jul 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    bonnovi says: Jul 6, 2014 9:02 PM

    nobody owns lands anymore.. you merely rent it from the government

    ————-

    What are you talking about? Landowners in America have some of the most extensive land rights in the Developed world.

    ———-
    Very true. However, don’t tell that to the hundreds of people and soon to be thousands that get hit by eminent domain in the oil and gas industry sending pipelines through their backyards or drilling holes by hydro-fracking.

  58. mediasloppy says: Jul 7, 2014 12:22 PM

    jimmyt says: Jul 7, 2014 10:05 AM

    What is “macaca” anyway? I think it’s a nickname for Sir Paul in the UK but thats the only time I recall hearing it. Is there a book of words and phrases of things that may offend someone, somewhere?
    ——————
    Technically, it’s a monkey. Otherwise, a common French racist slur. Meaning and use is similar to English ‘n word,’ and is used to described non-European (Arab and Black) North Africans. It was in particularly prevelant use during French occupation of Northern Africa.

  59. theravenmaniac says: Jul 7, 2014 3:18 PM

    Yup menofsteelers they deleted 3 of my posts because I used his name in the post to say nbc has something up with the skins.

  60. censorshipstinks says: Jul 7, 2014 3:27 PM

    go ahead and delete this post but read it first Florio. A Navajo Reservation, the same one Amanda Blackfoot lives on has a high school. That high school and mascot is the Red Mesa High School Redskins. The Reservation had to vote on it and get a majority vote in order to have the Redskins be there mascot. Now if the entire Reservation had to vote and a majority vote was needed in order to have that name do you really believe that name is racist in their views? Or do you think it is white liberal men that think it should be racist?

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