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The Difference between Phil Robertson and MSNBC Anchors

A few articles in the media have surfaced recently that accuse Governor Palin of free speech hypocrisy.

The attempted argument is that Governor Palin only wants free speech for people like Phil Robertson while wanting to deny it to anchors at MSNBC.

Unfortunately for the sad cherry-pickers, the comparison is apples and oranges and the free speech parallel they are trying to draw is meaningless.

First, Phil Robertson was being interviewed by a member of the press.  He wasn’t playing the role of journalist and he does not claim to be the owner or an anchor of a news organization.

Second, even though Phil Robertson’s opinion on homosexuality came across as crass to some, he concluded his comments by saying he had love for all human beings and wished no harm to people he disagreed with.

To the contrary, Melissa Harris-Perry markets herself as an anchor on an alleged “news” organization.  Previously, MSNBC attempted (albeit, poorly) to showcase a platform of journalistic standards by holding Alec Baldwin accountable to his previous “anti-gay” remarks even though he was offset when the incident occurred.

As individuals, Perry, Bashir, and others are entitled to whatever opinion they have.  No matter how gross the comments of anchors at MSNBC are, they are protected by the First Amendment.

The problem is that’s not the argument.

The argument is about the profession of journalism which Governor Palin has a degree in and that our men and women in uniform fight for.  Journalism is supposed to be a cornerstone of our democracy that should accompany a certain level of integrity.  Aside from yellow journalism of the usual brand that we already expect out of left-leaning organizations like MSNBC, some of the “professionals” working at their network like Martin Bashir and Melissa Harris-Perry have moved it into a whole different arena ultimately embarrassing the entire profession altogether.

It’s not about free speech, it’s about professionalism.  Accordingly, Governor Palin’s comments on the recent sad events at MSNBC do not conflict at all with her constitutional stand on the First Amendment.

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  • qtdb7

    Winners: Gov. Palin/’Duck Dynasty’/We the People

    LOSERS: JACKASS (donkey) democrats/liberals/GAY people

    • ZH100

      Did you read the article?

      This is not about "democrats/liberals/GAY" people". This is not about winners and losers. This article is about integrity in journalism.

      • qtdb7

        I sure did read the article. This is a CULTURE WAR. Gov. Palin and We the People are the DEFENDERS of the U.S. Constitution. The JACKASS (donkey) democrats/liberals/socialists/communists/GAY people are the ATTACKER of the U.S. Constitution.
        Remember this:
        In war, there will be winners and losers. At the end, GOOD will defeat EVIL. I intend to be on the side of God/good guys/winners. There is nothing in between. You are either with us (God/good guys/winners) or against us. Which side are you on?
        History is written by the WINNERS, not LOSERS.

        • cbenoistd

          "GAY people" is a cheap shot; you might recall a very compelling post by one of this site’s leading contributors on this subject. Substitute "GLAAD" and you’re on target.

  • Lennart Bilén

    What do you expect from a person that wears tampons for earrings?

    Melissa is showing her taste
    Let nothing that reeks go to waste.
    It is a sight to behold,
    but it still leaves me cold,
    when private parts waste is showcased.

  • MaMcGriz

    Well done, Steve.

    We’re paying a heavy price for the fact we have far more media than can be responsibly or adequately programed for. With so many channels and pages to be filled and fed daily we see lower and lower standards with regard to content and quality. Schlock begets schlock, as msnbc so clearly demonstrates, and after a couple of generations its become the daily norm.

    Journalistic integrity and professionalism in the Fourth Estate are essentials for which there can be no substitute.

    Without them there are no watchmen at the gates.

  • ZH100

    Excellent read! Thank you Steve.

    • cbenoistd

      "Fraudulent editing, hate, name-calling, and smears is not an editorial failure at MSNBC/NBC News – it is a business plan."

      Thank you for letting us know about this.

  • friskyness

    MSNBC is not news……….it’s trash!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • blackbird

    The inmates are running the asylum. I believe I am witnessing the death throes of the propaganda ministry.

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