The manufactured controversy over Chick-Fil-A won’t be dying down anytime soon, if media figures get their way.
Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy stated that he was “guilty as charged” when it came to supporting the traditional family, and commented on a radio show that “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say: You know, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”
That’s tantamount to heresy in
Media Join Fight Against Chick-Fil-A
On July 19, CNN reporter Alison Kosik acknowledged that efforts to boycott Chick-Fil-A are not new, noting that: “It’s not the first time that people have called for a boycott of the restaurant chain.” Lately, however, media outlets have deployed their resources to help the left destroy the Christian chicken chain.
MSNBC host Thomas Roberts declared that any supporter of gay marriage eating at Chick-Fil-A was a “Chicken-eating Judas.” Dean Reynolds, reporting for CBS ‘This Morning’ on July 27, declared on air, “At Chick-Fil-A, the menu offers up sandwiches, nuggets, and strips, but to critics these days, it also includes a side order of bigotry.” ABC also played up the Chick-Fil-A controversy.
Politicians supporting Chick-Fil-A also faced the media’s wrath and mockery. CNN, introducing a segment showing Sarah Palin eating at Chick-Fil-A, played the song “Stupid Girls.” (A CNN spokesman claimed the song choice was unintentional.) Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak whipped himself into a frenzy over Sarah Palin’s visit to the chicken chain, snarling: “On Friday, Sarah Palin tweeted/Facebooked a picture of herself and her husband in a Chick-Fil-A looking so fucking happy. They're way happier than the oldest gay couple in
Descent into Lunacy
Comedy outlets couldn’t resist poking fun at Chick-Fil-A. Jon Stewart made light of the incident on the July 23 Daily Show, snarking: “Wow, open your eyes owner of Chick-Fil-A,” he said. “You are being such an asshole that even
But several media stories and celebrity responses to the Chick-Fil-A were so bizarre they only looked like comedy.
Unhinged comedienne Roseanne Barr launched anatomically incorrect, expletive-laden broadsides against Chick-Fil-A, ranting: “Suck my dick chick filet nazi f---ing pricks” and “Giving
The Huffington Post also displayed similarly warped judgment regarding the chicken chain. Dominick Scudera wrote an unfunny satire piece displaying his breathtaking ignorance of the Bible, obliviously concluding his piece: “And I thank the Lord that I live in a country where fast food is a place of judgment and where chicken sandwiches bring me closer to the Almighty God.”
The Huffington Post also featured Mark Pettit’s self-righteous five-step plan to stop Chick-Fil-A’s “public relations nightmare.” The self-proclaimed “crisis communications expert” lectured the company: “Going forward no ‘anti’ anything groups (as in anti-gay marriage) should receive funds from the company. Not one cent. Not one chicken biscuit.” Instead, he advised the company to donate up to $5 million to build a
So, in Petitt’s mind, the heads of Chick-Fil-A need to explicitly reject the Biblical principles that the company was built upon and alienate the customers who support traditional marriage in order to resolve the crisis. Perhaps the “crisis” expert should check Facebook. Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called for ‘Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day’ on Wednesday, Aug. 1. As of this writing, over 500,000 people have pledged to visit a Chick-Fil-A that day.
Even Huckabee’s rally in support of the chicken chain drew bizarre media criticism. Washington Post opinion columnist Dana Milbank criticized Huckabee for the move, opining: “His defense of the fast-food restaurant will make Chick-Fil-A a fat target in the culture wars and will further divide Americans.” Milbank conveniently ignores all the vitriol spewed at the company by the left – and the fact that liberal politicians have been gunning for the company, as well.
Free Speech for Me, but …
A host of liberal local politicians have railed against Chick-Fil-A, and a few have even threatened to block the restaurant from expanding into their area.
According to the Boston Herald, Mayor Thomas Menino of
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee even threatened the restaurant chain to stay away from
City mayors were not the only local politicians to declare war on Chick-Fil-A. Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno has declared his intention to deny Chick-Fil-A building permits in his ward. Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney also told Cathy to “take a hike, and take your intolerance with you."
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn expressed her desire to remove Chick-Fil-A from the
Even reliably liberal columnists and broadcasters blasted these politicians’ ‘moral stands.’ Salon’s Glenn Greenwald declared these moves to be “dangerous attacks on free speech.” Huffington Post contributor Tracy Baim asserted that we all have a “right to be stupid and offensive.” Whoopi Goldberg criticized the effort to punish Chick-Fil-A on “The View,” declaring. “If you don’t like what they’re doing, don’t go. But don’t step on their right – anybody’s right – to have an opinion. This is still
Not if Lee Fang of far-left magazine The Nation has his way. He took Greenwald et al to task, saying their defense unwittingly defends “corporate personhood.”
The media rabidly defend any sacred cow of the left, such as Planned Parenthood or gay marriage, and will not tolerate any voices to the contrary. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat pointed out the view of the left: “If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-Fil-A in Boston, then don’t tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all that’s good and decent, and that you’re going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will.”
It is difficult to disagree with Douthat’s assessment – for the media and for certain liberal politicians, religious freedom is trumped by the newfound freedom to marry. And they will brook no dissent, bashing any organization which disagrees with their views.