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CBS, NBC Skip First Amendment Angle of Chick-Fil-A Day, Highlight Counter Protest

By Scott Whitlock

The CBS and NBC morning shows on Thursday both highlighted a massive show of support for Chick-fil-A, but failed to explain one of the underlying reasons for the protest: An expression of solidarity by many Americans for free speech against government bullying.

While ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the sizable effort that saw long lines at Chick-fil-As around the country, CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose simplified, "For many religious conservatives, Chick-fil-A was the place to be Wednesday. Thousands went there to eat and to make a statement - a statement against same sex marriage." Many Americans did go as a show of support for traditional marriage, but some went to protest mayors in Chicago, Boston and San Francisco who threatened or bullied the conservative chain.


On NBC's Today, Natalie Morales insisted that Wednesday was a show of "support for the restaurant chain after its president took a public position against same-sex marriage, saying he supports, quote, 'the biblical definition of the family unit.'"

Yet, when CBS reporter Manuel Bojorquez explained liberal opposition to Chick-fil-A, he was vague: "Gay rights advocates called for a boycott. The mayors of Boston and Chicago also took a stand."

They "took a stand"?

Bojorquez then played a clip of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lecturing that Chick-fil-A's values were "not what the people of the City of Chicago believe."

Neither Bojorquez nor Morales emphasized that these mayors were looking to use the force of law to enforce disgust with the values of Chick-fil-A's CEO.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino originally said he would make it "very dificult" for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses in Boston. Emanuel, who has an almost ten percent unemployment rate in his city, expressed similar sentiments.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee tweeted a threat to Chick-fil-A: "I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."

Both CBS and NBC made sure to point out a planned counter-rally on Friday. NBC's Morales noted, "Supporters of same-sex marriage have called for their own protest tomorrow." CBS's Bojorquez highlighted, "Supporters of same-sex marriage plan to counter. They say they will hold a national kiss-in campaign at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday."

To see how the Wednesday evening newscasts covered Chick-fil-A, go here.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2012/08/02/cbs-nbc-skip-first-amendment-angle-chick-fil-day-highlight-counter-p#ixzz22Syk4K70


Added: Aug-3-2012 Occurred On: Aug-3-2012
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  • Comment of user 'DirtyUncleBerty' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • Of course they skip it. they are not a fucking news source.

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  • BRAVO to Chick-Fil-a
    I can bet todays GAY kissin will become a giant fistfuck-
    All the Gays need to be stuffed back into the closet
    where they belong
    and NO I am not a christian

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  • the mayors overstepped the law. Their cause is just but their methods are not. As long as Chick-fil-A doesn't discriminate against their employees or customers based on sexual orientation (among other things), they should be allowed to do business anywhere they please.

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  • ill be checking the jail roster today for public lewdness arrests in my home town.

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  • Count me as one who doesn't give a rat's ass about same sex marriage, kissing, buggery or whatever.

    I just want politicians to shut up and respect the citizens and our constitutional rights. We are a nation of limited government and individual liberty.

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  • The only part of the 1st Amendment they're interested in is the freedom of the press.

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  • This proves right here why America is in the toilet, politicians put the well being of a city, state and country well below their vitriolic ideology.

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  • I don't get out and slobber and french kiss my wife in public and I don't want to listen to my little grand children laugh cause 2 ugly guys are kissing in public. Keep that crap at home. Maybe all male and female married couples should go hump each others legs in front of the Flower Shops and Gay Bars.
    Maybe straight people should stop buying flowers for their wife and flowers for funerals

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  • DemoCraps

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  • It was skipped on purpose, God forbit the new actualy does their job and reports the news

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  • The American stereotype is bad enough without thousands of people on a religious pilgrimage that ends at a fast food restaurant.

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  • fuck the gay agenda, they should all be sent off to a island, in a 100 years no babies will be born so they can just die off.

    its a private company and they dont have to do shit or serve anyone, nobody is gonna tell me i have to serve gay people,

    and the only defense they have is oh im a biggot, so what, the point being i dont have to agree with the lifestyle, why the hell should i be sorry for what i say.

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  • Marc does this story make you .... Mad?

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    • @IIVXTII
      LOL, WTF are those
      "CERTAIN principles/values that have COMPLETELY been eroded and mocked"?

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    • @wormhole
      I don't hump my wife in public nor do I kiss and slobber all over her in public. It is actually about educated morals. Try telling your children why 2 people gay are not are slobbering all over each other in public. Ever heard get a room.
      I guess your comment shows your level of intelligence.

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    • @LickMyDuck
      Where the hell is Vanatu do you have running water LOL

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  • Fast food? Seriously? A protest because of what a fast food joint COO thinks?

    And for what its worth, you can't discriminate simply because you think your religion tells you to.

    Eff Chick Fil A and it's COO.

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