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My letter to ESPN Re: The Firing of Hank Williams, Jr
Self | 3 October, 2011 | Self

Posted on 10/03/2011 5:30:38 PM PDT by Howie66

I am writing to express my displeasure with the decision of ESPN to pull Hank Williams, Jr. from your Monday Night Football opening.

Mister Williams did nothing more than express his opinion on a television show. The last time that I checked, we still have a United States Constitution (I served to defend it in the Marine Corps) and we still have the freedom to express our displeasure with our government and our elected officials.

There never seemed to be an issue with that when President Bush was in office.

Since you choose to ignore Mr. Williams right to free speech, I will no longer watch your broadcasts in my home. Many of my friends share my views on this.

May your ratings follow Mr. Obama's poll numbers.

Sincerely,

X.X.Xxxxx XXXXXXXX, Texas USA


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KEYWORDS: espn; football; freespeech; hankwilliams; hankwilliamsjr; vanity; williams
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Just to be clear, I agree with Bocephus, 100%!
1 posted on 10/03/2011 5:30:42 PM PDT by Howie66
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To: Howie66

Well said, Howie!


2 posted on 10/03/2011 5:32:55 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking time on the government's dime...)
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To: Howie66
Since you choose to ignore Mr. Williams right to free speech

This isn't a free speech issue. ESPN is private company making a business decision, and it's perfectly within their right to do so. There's no first amendment violation. But of course it's with our right to complain about it and, if we deem their decision offensive enough, to boycott ESPN.

3 posted on 10/03/2011 5:35:13 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Howie66

I hadn’t heard that the light in the loafer fairies at ESPN had fired Hank. I’m sorry to hear it. He said nothing wrong this morning. Just another kneejerk reaction from the TV commie fairies.


4 posted on 10/03/2011 5:35:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you always tell the truth, you won't have to remember what you said.)
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To: Howie66

George Bodenheimer
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521

Phone: 818-560-1000

All public information.


5 posted on 10/03/2011 5:35:56 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Howie66

I stopped watching MNF when they moved to ESPN. They put the freaking scoreboard right in the middle of the screen. Annoying as hell. So I don’t watch anymore.


6 posted on 10/03/2011 5:37:13 PM PDT by FReepaholic (I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok.)
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To: Howie66
Good for you to write the letter!

This brings to memory the Ditzy Chicks fiasco from the Bush years and I will say the same thing I said then regarding boycotts, cancellations and empty seats at their shows:

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from repercussions.

Do I think he should be fired - hell no. 75% of NFL fans probably agree with him. But I bet 90% of the people at ESPN agree with the decision to fire him.

7 posted on 10/03/2011 5:37:13 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
This isn't a free speech issue. ESPN is private company making a business decision, and it's perfectly within their right to do so. There's no first amendment violation.

Exactly. And for us the real measure of their action should be whether they apply the same standard to left wingers.

8 posted on 10/03/2011 5:38:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I never win at Scrable.)
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To: Howie66
The PC police strikes again.

I was watching Fox and Friends when this went down.

He didn't liken President Obama to Hitler.

He compared a golf summit between Obama and Boehner and said it would be “like a summit between Hitler and Netanyahu.”

Besides, Bush was compared to Hitler every other day and no one seemed to care.

Good ole Liberal double standards in play if you ask me and the jerks running ESPN are about as far left as it gets!

9 posted on 10/03/2011 5:39:34 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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ESPN's Dana Jacobsen:

Dropping the F-bomb three times, she reportedly slandered Notre Dame, the icon painted behind their goal posts dubbed "Touchdown Jesus" and finally Jesus himself.

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/religion_theseeker/2008/01/dana-jacobson-r.html

10 posted on 10/03/2011 5:40:17 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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>>There never seemed to be an issue with that when President Bush was in office.

That was back when dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Now, its divisive, uncivil, and possibly illegal. Besides, in Soviet America, only Republicans can be compared to Hitler.


11 posted on 10/03/2011 5:40:25 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: Carbonsteel

Remember, this a League that wears pink for a whole fricken month.


12 posted on 10/03/2011 5:40:51 PM PDT by scbison
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"We still have the freedom to express our displeasure with our government"

But we never had the right to work where we choose. That's up to the employer. Just as on this site. You don't have the right to post anything you like. That's up to the site's owners. That's what freedom is.


13 posted on 10/03/2011 5:43:01 PM PDT by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: Howie66

Why are you not on the Texas forum? You would fit right in.


14 posted on 10/03/2011 5:44:37 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: Howie66

ESPN also has a right to free speech.


15 posted on 10/03/2011 5:44:37 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: scbison

send letter to advertisers!!!
not espn


16 posted on 10/03/2011 5:46:01 PM PDT by wiseone (india)
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To: Howie66

Noting that you are a Marine, will get your letter thrown in the trash can at ESPN!


17 posted on 10/03/2011 5:46:37 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Jeff Chandler

“Exactly. And for us the real measure of their action should be whether they apply the same standard to left wingers. “

still, it’s their action to make and I should hope we’re not for some kind of ‘fairness doctrine’ because that will always work against us.


18 posted on 10/03/2011 5:46:38 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The difference is that this ugly cow “repented” (to ESPN, not the Good Lord), and was absolved by the gods of cable sports.

I have a feeling there ain’t gonna be an apology in this case.


19 posted on 10/03/2011 5:46:50 PM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: I see my hands

I have more respect for Hank than I do ESPN.


20 posted on 10/03/2011 5:46:50 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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