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Celebrating Mediocrity, Again

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While watching HLN today they of course had a story on the Indy 500 and the winner Dario Franchitti. The surprising thing is the very next person that they mentioned is SIXTH PLACE driver Danica Patrick. People often take me wrong believing that I have something against her, I do not. I do however, take issue with the media paying undo attention to mediocrity in mentioning a sixth place winner without mention of second, third, forth, and/or fifth. It is as if she is special because she is a woman. Did not women fight to be treated equal stating that they can do anything that men can do? Yes, they did so then Danica Patrick should be forgotten like all other sixth place winners and not propelled into the spotlight. This is far from equal treatment. A woman places sixth and makes national news headlines. Why are women not clamoring for equal treatment and asking not to be celebrated for a mediocre sixth place performance that does not collect a purse?

A related issue is a Google search. In order the stories listed if you search for the winner of the Indy 500 is Dario Franchitti, Danica Patrick, THEN the horrific last lap crash. In this LAST ARTICLE it mentions Danica, sixth place, then 14th, 21st, and 26th place racers, because they were women and as an after thought with an “oh yeah by the way” attitude first place was Dario Franchitti. What a kick in the teeth to list first place as fifth in mention and as an afterthought. Yet women would argue that they are not treated equally, and they would be right, they have superior treatment. This is a twisted sense of story priorities.

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