Good Morning, America Paints Gambler as the Victim

“It’s a sickness.”

No, not compulsive lawsuit-filing. Nor the MSM’s tendency to spin the facts when they get a picture of a pretty victim, never mind the conviction of fraud.

Gambling. In a gambling addict’s own words.

It’s amazing what a sickness will get you these days. It may just get former attorney Arelia Taveras $20 million from the very casino resorts she kept losing money to on a two-and-a-half year meltdown.

That’s how you stick it to them good. “How dare you actually take my money when I lose?!?!”

Let’s just hope she gets counseling soon, or she may spend the $20 million at the blackjack tables too.

The lawsuit itself was against the house odds: four of Taveras’ suits were temporarily dismissed for technical reasons. So poor Taveras has to refile. 

The mainstream media stepped in, as always, to push for the helpless victim. Good Morning, America’s piece on Taveras’ addiction to gambling (and to the courts) only cited Taveras and an executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling who “would say that there has to be shared responsibility.”

As Kristen Fyfe of the Culture and Media Institute writes, there are no clips of people in the gambling industry and only a very flighty mention of personal responsibility. According to Taveras, the “sickness” changed her way of thinking so much that it is not her fault that she stole from clients, was accordingly disbarred, and went on gambling streaks that lasted as long as four to five days.

Granted, the gambling industry does exploit something that can be an addiction. But doling out money to someone who shared in the responsibility for her actions is not the answer. Neither is a glossy, one-sided MSM report.