The “100 Times” Defense

Former ESPN employee Anthony Federico, who was fired for writing the Jeremy Lin headline “Chink in the Armor,” to the New York Daily News today:

Federico, 28, said he understands why he was axed. “ESPN did what they had to do,” he said. He said he has used the phrase “at least 100 times” in headlines over the years and thought nothing of it when he slapped it on the Lin story.

Rick Santorum, also today:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum flatly rejected suggestions that he likened President Obama to Adolf Hitler Sunday when he used an analogy comparing the 2012 election to the buildup to World War II. “No, of course not,” Santorum said dismissively when asked by a National Journal-CBS News reporter whether he was comparing the two. “The World War II metaphor is one I’ve used 100 times in my career,” he insisted.

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