Journalism · Sports

Fox News proves kneeling isn’t disrespectful

The mission of the people who run Fox News, and many of the network’s high profile stars, is to broadcast commentary and pictures that will keep the the 35-40 percent of Americans who aren’t appalled by Donald Trump in a constant state of anger at the “elites.” That’s why every winter sees the resumption of the phony “War on Christmas.

Keeping viewers angry at liberals is good for business.

But sometimes, in journalism and in whatever it is we should call what they do at Fox, mistakes are made. Fox made a doozy this morning.

Fox News apologized Tuesday for a segment that implied Philadelphia Eagles players were protesting the national anthem when they were actually kneeling in prayer prior to games.

“During our report about President Trump cancelling the Philadelphia Eagles trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer,” Christopher Wallace, executive producer of “Fox News @ Night” with Shannon Bream, said in a statement.

“To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last year. We apologize for the error,” he added.

Whoops.

You can understand how this probably happened: Fox planned stories about the President canceling the White House celebration of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl win. (Trump knew many players, including the team’s stars, wouldn’t show up because, among other things, Trump called players who knelt in protest during the playing of the National Anthem before games “sons of bitches”).

So, to provide a visual for the White House cancels Eagles celebration story, someone grabbed video of Eagles players kneeling on the field.

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Unfortunately, the picture above was taken long before the game started and the players huddled in the end zone are praying.

Again, understandable mistake. Here are some players who actually did protest racism  by kneeling during the Anthem before games:

 

 

And here is the man who started it all, Colin Kaepernick, before he was ostracized for making a statement by kneeling.

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It’s impossible to tell whether the players pictured above are praying or protesting. Both activities look exactly the same, therefore it is illogical to claim the the players protesting are being disrespectful.

All the players pictured are making statements:

Some of them are unashamedly displaying their religious faith.

Some of them are displaying their belief that America, in the way too many people of color are treated, is not living up to the ideals represented by the nation’s flag.

Thanks Fox News, for making it clear that the players who want to raise awareness of racism in the United States are disrespecting no one and nothing.

They’re just being good Americans.

McBarronBlog Bonus:
Not everyone at Fox News is in the tank for Donald Trump. Shepard Smith is telling the truth every afternoon. I don’t know how he gets away with it.

Here he rakes the White House Press Secretary over the coals for her latest string of lies.

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Save the Sun-Times

Thirty years ago, the Chicago White Sox announced plans to move to Florida. Governor Jim Thompson knew the loss would diminish the city’s stature.

He also realized he would be held responsible if the Sox left. In June, 1988, with assistance from Speaker Michael Madigan, “Big Jim” twisted enough legislator’s arms to keep the White Sox on the south side.

The point: Keeping Chicago as one of two cites (with New York) with two big league teams was/is a big deal and was worth fighting for.

You know what else is a big deal and worth fighting for?

Having two high-quality daily newspapers.

Yesterday’s Tweet from a reporter at the Sacramento (CA) Bee is a reminder of the state of the newspaper industry.

In Chicago, significant numbers of reporters and editors at both the Tribune and the Sun-Times have been dismissed in recent years.

Five years ago, due to economic pressures (and bad management), the Sun-Times fired all of its photographers, though a few were later rehired. The paper itself has many fewer reporters than it did a decade ago.

But the Sun-Times, with new management, is still here and fighting for survival.

At the Tribune, a much bigger paper, the exit door has been seeing a lot of activity in  recent years, with the latest exodus occurring last month.

It marked the second round of layoffs in five months under publisher and editor-in-chief Bruce Dold. In October Dold cited “significant financial pressure” facing the news industry in cutting a reported 14 positions.

A financially healthy Sun-Times will help protect the Tribune as well. Tribune reporters have decided to form a union to protect the newsroom from the paper’s management. That management, unsurprisingly, has decided to fight the union organizing effort.

Without competition, the Tribune will have no incentive to make peace with the union or to stop diverting newspaper revenues from the newsroom to executives. Saving the Sun-Times means TWO quality papers for Chicago.

We need to save journalism by paying for it.

Two papers staffed with reporters committed to the public’s right to know, who keep each other honest while informing the rest of us, help protect our democracy from those who would prefer we remain clueless.

While a number of individuals or organizations fit that description, no matter who you are or who you do/don’t trust, the point is the same: We need reporters who will ferret out the truth and deliver it to us.

Good journalism has value and must be paid for, so please subscribe.

If past editorial positions are keeping you from subscribing, please reconsider.

The Sun-Times is under new management, including support from organized labor. This  coincides with a new trend of publishing editorials supportive of working people.

Don’t be the person who helped kill democracy by allowing journalism to die. Support your local paper and consider supporting the Sun-Times. Choose home delivery or online access, but please subscribe NOW.

Below are links to the top ten (by circulation) newspapers in Illinois. You can google your area’s paper, if you don’t see it.

As another paper likes to say, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

Let’s keep the lights on.

1.   Chicago Tribune

2.Chicago Sun-Times

3.   Hoy

4.   Journal Star

5.   Daily Herald – Cook County

6.   Belleville News-Democrat

7.   The State Journal-Register

8.   Rockford Register Star

9.   Dispatch/Argus

10. The Pantagraph

McBarronBlog Bonus:

Imagine Chicago without the Sun-Times