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issues public retraction involving the WWE and the "wrestling deaths"
Well, although they
haven't COMPLETLY ended the WWE Smackdown campaign (which we want), the
Parents Television Council (PTC), has made public though its website,
a retraction to the fact that they falsly listed advertisers that pulled
ads from WWE Smackdown! that were proven to have actually continued
sponsorship of the program long after they were claimed to have pulled
advertising. Furthermore, this states that they falsly made claims concerning
the Lionel Tate case. The official retraction is below. You can view the
official retraction for yourself at the following URL: http://www.parentstv.org/Main/letters/wweretraction.asp
Here is the retraction:
TO WWE AND TO THE PUBLIC
Center (MRC), Parents Television Council (PTC), Dr. Delores Tucker,
Mark Honig and I have in the past made statements regarding so-called
wrestling deathschildren killed by other children alleged to be
mimicking professional wrestling moves they saw on television.
We made such statements to members of MRC and PTC, the media, advertisers
on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Smackdown! program, retailers
that sell WWE-related toys and merchandise, public officials and the
public. MRC and PTC also produced a videotape as part of a fundraising
campaign in connection with its National Campaign to Clean Up
TV Now!, which advanced the notion that the murder of Tiffany
Eunick was caused by the influence of professional wrestling on Lionel
Tate. The videotape included interviews with Lionel Tates lawyer
advancing the notion that the murder of Tiffany Eunick, the victim,
was directly caused by the impact that professional wrestling had on
our statements on media reports and source information. We now believe,
based on extensive investigation and facts which have come to light
since making those statements, that it was wrong for MRC, PTC, their
spokespersons and myself to have said anything that could be construed
as blaming WWE or any of its programs for the deaths of the children.
Simply put, it was premature to reach that conclusion when we did, and
there is now ample evidence to show that conclusion was incorrect. I
now believe that professional wrestling played no role in the murder
of Tiffany Eunick, which was a part of our Clean Up TV Now!
campaign, and am equally convinced that it was incorrect and wrong to
have blamed WWE or any of its programs for the deaths of the other children.
of our statements, PTC, MRC and the WWE have been in litigation since
November 2000. WWE vigorously advanced its position that neither it,
nor professional wrestling lead to these deaths. WWE also
contended that MRC, PTC, their spokespersons and I had misrepresented
the number of advertisers who withdrew support from WWEs Smackdown!
television program after receiving communications from the PTC, some
of which regrettably connected the WWE and Smackdown! to the deaths
of children. As such, WWE exercised its right to initiate this litigation,
during which facts came to light that prompted me to make this statement.
retraction, I want to be clear that WWE was correct in pointing out
that various statements made by MRC, PTC and me were inaccurate concerning
the identity and number of WWE Smackdown! advertisers who withdrew support
from the program. Many of the companies we stated had withdrawn
or pulled their support had never, in fact, advertised on Smackdown!
nor had any plan to advertise on Smackdown! Again, we regret this error
and retract any such misleading statements.
concerning the statements about child wrestling deaths, it was wrong
to have stated or implied that WWE or any of its programs caused these
tragic deaths. Specifically concerning the Lionel Tate case, recent
developments lead us to believe that others and we were given, and relied
upon, false information provided by parties close to the case. The information
that we were given and relied upon may have been designed to make a
national example of the Florida murder trial, pinning the blame on WWE.
For example, we were told by a source that Lionel Tate was watching
a WWE program when he assaulted Tiffany Eunick. In fact, Lionel Tate
was watching the Flintstones and a cartoon entitled Cow
and Chicken. We were also told, by a source, that Lionel Tate
killed Tiffany Eunick while executing a wrestling move unique to a WWE
character called the Stone Cold Stunner. We have since learned
that this was not true, nor was there any evidence that it was true.
It is now
well documented that after the Tate trial concluded, the presiding Judge
said that it was inconceivable that Tiffany Eunicks
injuries were caused by Lionel Tate mimicking wrestling moves. Indeed,
since the trial ended, Lionel Tates new lawyers have filed court
papers in which they admit that the wrestling defense was,
in their words, bogus. Given these facts, WWE was within
its rights to be angry at the MRC, PTC, their spokespersons and I for
contacting WWEs advertisers to go beyond complaining about WWE
content but passing along accusations which we now know were false.
Because I feel a simple retraction is not sufficient, I have personally
extended my apology to Vince McMahon and the WWE on behalf of MRC, PTC,
Dr. Tucker, Mr. Honig and me. Through this letter, I now make this apology
public and specifically directed to the advertising community that has
in the past, is currently or may in the future consider advertising
or sponsoring WWE programming.
can have its concern with the content of WWEs television programming
though these concerns have been reduced significantly over the
past years as a reflection of WWEs changed standards. But nowhere
in that debate, including in the correspondence and statements to the
advertising community, should there have been any discussion of wrestling
deaths. I regret this happening, it wasnt fair to WWE. And I say
this emphatically: Please disregard what others and we have said in
the past about the Florida wrestling death. Neither wrestling
in general, nor WWE specifically, had anything to do with it. Of that
I am certain.
and Linda McMahon
We will soon find
out if this will hold out to be true or not.
There is some concern
about this, however, and it doesn't come from the PTC, but rather the
AFA. Wildmon has been known to also follow the PTC's cause, and has acted
upon them, as well. What would happen if Donald Wildmon would get wind
of this development of this situation? Would he start his own campaign.
Bob Magee will keep
us informed if the PTC doesn't hold to their new words (they probably
won't). We will keep an eye on Wildmon and what he does concerning this
issue, as well as other issues involving Wildmon.