The broadcast networks complain loudly about real or perceived offenses committed by conservatives. But when they are faced with violence committed by those they agree with, they downplay or even bury such behavior. The silence of the networks regarding the vandalism of multiple Chick-fil-A restaurants is only the latest example of destruction committed by the left and ignored by the media.
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy ran afoul of gay marriage advocates when he dared to praise “the biblical definition of the family unit” in an interview with the Baptist Press and declare in a radio interview: “I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’” The controversy his remarks sparked was intense; the media slammed him for his remarks.
Others proved to be more active in their criticism of Chick-fil-A. Three separate Chick-fil-As have been vandalized – one in California, one in Missouri, and one in Maryland. The vandalism of the Maryland Chick-fil-A comes at a particularly newsworthy time; Maryland is preparing to vote on same-sex marriage this November.
Artist Manny Castro admitted that he vandalized the Chick-fil-A in California, claiming: “I didn’t use violence. I used paint. Artists for centuries have expressed their opinions through this medium and I am no different. The word "FAG" spray painted on anything has never garnered the media attention that my cow with a paintbrush did. And that’s unfortunate.” Castro later claimed he would pay for the damage. He has since been arrested, according to news reports.
But the networks did not report on Castro’s expression of his opinion – or on the other two instances of vandalism, for that matter. The broadcast networks buried the three instances of vandalism altogether; not a single mention of vandalism at any of the three Chick-fil-A locations was reported by ABC, CBS, or NBC.
This fits in with the networks’ narrative to ignore the misdeeds of those they happen to agree with, such as pro-abortion advocates – and to complain about the supposedly destructive behavior of those they disagree with.