The Erin Andrews peephole story still won’t go away. And, once again, Andrews has been victimized. This time the person exploiting Andrews isn’t some degenerate male peeping tom. Yet again, it’s a female “colleague” of hers.

Bonnie Erbe of  U.S. News & World Report is the latest writer to somehow blame Andrews herself for someone secretly installing a hidden camera into the peephole of her hotel room. The camera taped Andrews while she was walking around naked. Naked pictures and tapes of Andrews were eventually released on the Internet.

Erbe’s piece is astonishingly and shockingly stupid. First, she implies that Andrews herself may have somehow been involved in the making of the tape. WTF!!??!!

Erbe writes that Andrews was filmed “allegedly through a keyhole.” Then she goes on to talk about “the blogosphere”and even links a blog from some anonymous moron who claims the entire tape was a publicity stunt by Andrews. Believe it or not, Erbe’s piece gets even worse. It’s so bad that her veiled “Erin Andrews Conspiracy Theory” hasn’t gotten any publicity. That’s only because THE REST of Erbe’s piece is so insane.

Erbe blames the “sports culture” for the Andrews incident:


I wish women would stop propping up men’s sports. If women didn’t attend NFL games or NBA games, or even watch them on TV to help drive up ratings, they would be doing more to stop men from behaving badly than they could ever do otherwise. If they encouraged their sons to play sports instead of paying to watch other people play baseball or football or basketball or soccer, they would be sending the message that athleticism is good, but pro sports culture is bad. And it is, nothing but bad.


 That’s right, it’s the fault of Andrews and ALL WOMEN who attend or watch sporting events that some pervert shot a naked video of her. Unbelievable.

U.S. News & World Report has been flooded with negative reaction about Erbe’s ridiculous article. In some 10 pages of “comments” I have yet to find one that supports Erbe.

Among the comments posted on the U.S. News & World Report website:


“You suck at life.”

“This is the worst piece of crap I’ve ever read in my entire life.”

“Is this The Onion?”

“Bonnie Erbe seems partially retarded.”

“Is this some attempt at bad parody?”

“Your piece contains no logic whatsoever.”

“You have probably written one of the top five most compellingly ignorant articles I have ever read”

“Nut Job”

and my favorite, “The ’50s called. They want their hairstyle and attitude back.”


Erbe’s piece is truly awful and just the latest attempt by a female writer to somehow shift the blame from Andrews’ attacker onto the victim herself. Christine Brennan of USA Today posted a similar blame-the-victim meme, but at least she had the good sense to backpeddle from those remarks.

After first reading Erbe’s article I truly thought she was some part-time blogger who was now in danger of being fired immediately for writing such a poorly conceived, illogical and stupid article, one that brought immediate scorn and shame to her magazine. No such luck. It turns out that Bonnie Erbe is actually a contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report. Unbelievably, she is also a nationally syndicated columnist who also hosts a weekly tv show on PBS.

I guess that’s why I don’t watch PBS.


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