Bozell Letter to Comcast Chairman Concerning Comments Made by Current TV's Bill Press
June 13, 2012
Mr. Brian L. Roberts
Dear Chairman Roberts:
The Star-Spangled Banner evokes feelings of pride and patriotism in most Americans. But not in Bill Press, who slurred our National Anthem as an “abomination.”
The Current TV host hates the National Anthem so much that he is “embarrassed” every time he hears it.
Comcast owns a ten percent stake of Current's parent company, Current Media LLC. As a major stakeholder in a company that employs Bill Press, I haven’t read or heard where you have condemned Bill Press for his hateful, offensive and unpatriotic slurring of The Star-Spangled Banner.
As a left-wing elitist uncomfortable with the idea of American exceptionalism, Bill Press finds the notion that America is the home of the brave “stupid.”
Mr. Press is equally disgusted by the “military jargon” that pervades the defining patriotic song of the nation. Apparently, he is dismissing the fact that Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The so-called military jargon Bill Press finds so deplorable is an ode to American patriots fighting and dying to save our young republic; it is indispensable to the Anthem.
Mr. Roberts, Bill Press’s comments were outside the realm of civil discourse. I call on you to promptly condemn and repudiate his vicious slurring of our beloved National Anthem.
Failure to do so would signal tacit endorsement of Bill Press’s comments.
I look forward to your statement. As soon as we get your reply, we will post it on our site.
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President