ESPN and Friends Out of Bounds on Free Speech

By Alden L. Benton

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 
~Amendment One to the Constitution of the United States of America. Ratified December 15, 1791

The purveyors of salacious, demeaning, and licentious material, the faux keepers of the public morality who natter and nitpick everything good and decent about America, especially those who do not share their government-run utopian fantasy, have mustered the courage to open a new front in the culture war: if you don’t say what we want to hear, we will get you fired and make certain you never work again.

Don’t believe it?  I offer as proof the case of country music icon Hank Williams, Jr.  Williams was fired from ESPN because of his comments on the Fox News Channel show Fox and Friends. ESPN is owned by ABC, which is owned by Disney.

Glenn Beck (Hank Williams Jr. Fights Back with Strongly Worded Anthem) sums up the issue perfectly.  An article on Beck’s site says:

Hank Williams Jr. was fired by ESPN after comments he made during an interview on Fox News in which he dared to make an analogy using the suddenly off limits ‘Hitler’ reference (see BUSH = Hitler).  Of course, he wasn’t even comparing the two, he was making an analogy — but don’t make the media think too hard or they might fall over.  Hank responds strongly with a brand new theme song that declares war and draws a clear line in the sand.

“It was absolutely abhorrent what they did.  That’s a friendly space.  Supposed to be a friendly space of truth,” Glenn said of “Fox and Friends.”

Glenn reiterated the fact that Williams was making a comment about how Obama was the polar opposite of Boehner, not comparing the President to Hitler.

“He’s not comparing the president to Hitler.  He’s saying people who disagree on fundamentals that much don’t have golf together,” Glenn said.

“And then what ESPN did and what ABC allowed and what this country allowed, this guy has just lost his job.”

“That was a shot across the bow with every cultural icon: You back up or we’ll ‑‑ we’ll make sure you never work again.  That’s what that is. Pass his song around.  Push back.  With love.  Not destruction.”

The REAL people of the United States of America need to stand up and fight.  We all have the right to criticize the president, the Congress, and anyone else in public “service” right on down to the dog catcher and the trash collector.

The media has morphed from a source of information to a left-wing propaganda machine which acts not as the fourth branch of government watch dog, but rather as the president’s (and Democratic Party’s) lap dog.

However, the lap dog has become bold and is baring its teeth. 

The people of this country cannot stand idly by while the media, the same media who have extraordinary constitutional protection, use their power to stifle speech they do not agree with.

Revisit the Constitution and read the First Amendment carefully.  The order of the words is as important as their meaning.  The Founder’s placed these basic individual rights first before all of the others they went on to delineate in the rest of the Bill of Rights.  In addition, the rights listed in the First Amendment are in order of importance: Freedom of Religion, of Speech, of Press, and to peaceably assemble to petition the government for a redress (to put right) of grievances.

The Founders gave the press rights equal to those granted individuals for one reason: to ensure the government remained limited in its scope and power through the wide dissemination of information.

Having the power to fire Hank, Jr. because of a public comment taken out of context goes far beyond the scope of the rights granted the press in the First Amendment.

In the end, we have the power to voice our dissatisfaction with ESPN, ABC, and Fox and Friends.


Stop watching Monday Night Football.  Stop watching ESPN altogether.  Stop watching Fox and Friends.  This is the only power we have against the media.  Stop watching their stuff and the ratings will fall.  As the ratings fall, so does advertising revenue.

Hank Williams has fired back at the media-political complex with a new song.  Listen to the song courtesy of Glenn Beck here and pas it around: Keep the Change by Hank Williams, Jr.

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