Many of my friends have an immediate glib answer to any comments about media bias. They quip, almost too quickly, with a talking point they have memorized! What about Fox News, they say? So for the edification of those people, I am printing the complete remarks made by Hank Williams, which caused ESPN to pull his intro song from Monday night’s NFL game. Comparing of apples to oranges simply does not wash any longer. Today’s obvious biased coverage of Hank William’s remarks will show you what MSNBC covered and what Fox News covered about it. I watched both. If many of the liberals out there, who claim to be so open-minded, would watch both networks, they too would quickly become more aware of the bias. However, refusing to listen to any programs that don’t echo their own thoughts, keeps them happily in the dark. If they are genuinely fair and as open minded as liberals often protest they are (as they complain about the bias of the other side), they will not fail to see the deliberate omission of part of his remarks, in an attempt to skew the message, on one of the networks, and the covering of his entire statement on the other, in an attempt to allow Williams to fully explain his point of view.
Whether or not his remark was disrespectful, is not in question. Whether or not I believe that the liberals only believe that some of us seem to be allowed free speech is also not in question, (case in point, the liberal media loves the Wall Street protests despite their obvious references to Hitler, in addition to other heinous behavior, while they hate the Tea Party whose members look a darn sight better than the “unpermitted” masses demonstrating in major liberal cities against the greatest country on earth). They castigate the tea party whose members have never behaved in such a manner, especially en masse in such disarray, as these misfits who don’t look fit for employment, many of whom seem to be just looking for a way to gain notoriety and to entertain themselves. The Tea Party has never called for the overthrow of our government! Yet the Tea Party members are called terrorists!
Whether or not it was covered fairly by both media outlets, is what is in question.
“In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams, unprompted, said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said, “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.”
“While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to ‘Monday Night Football,'” the network said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
Williams released a statement through his publicist, saying: “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president.”…
ESPN did not say whether the intro, synonymous with “Monday Night Football” since 1989, would be used again after this week’s Colts- Buccaneers game.
“Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists — but there’s never a backlash — no outrage to those comparisons,” Williams’ statement continued. “Working-class people are hurting — and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job — it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”
The statement in italics, above, was put up on the screen on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, today, 10/4/11. It was not complete. The entire statement, italics and bold, were put up on the screen on FOX.
So how can anyone attempt to compare the two networks in the same sentence. One is an obvious arm of the progressives, the Democrats. The other, IS REALLY FAIR AND BALANCED! One showed the entire statement. One showed only part for obvious reasons, to tarnish the person who made it, unfairly, because he had a very good point. Where is the outrage when politicians and union leaders blatantly make hostile statements and open threats about the Tea Party? Where is the outrage about the careless remarks by Obama and Blumberg which have sparked these Wall Street demonstrations, gaining praise from the left from such notables as Roseanne Barr, Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore? Those guys are hypocrites living in the lap of luxury, laughing all the way to the bank while they live one way and support the masses who live another! Hypocrisy seems to be the theme of this administration and its lackeys in the press corps.
These demonstrators are the most disorganized, aimless looking disheveled people, and yet, they are being given glorified coverage on the liberal networks, given enormous coverage and publicity without exposing the negative possible outcomes of these demonstrations. They are being esteemed for their efforts, although they are actually, in some interviews, calling for revolution. This is America, not some third world country. Again, where is the outrage from these hypocrites lauding these ne’er do wells while they denigrate Williams for exercising his right to free speech and at the same time decry the right of the Tea Party members to voice their opinions?
The Democrats want to muzzle the opposition. They don’t want to let both sides of any story surface. They only want their way or the highway and today’s broadcasts proved it.