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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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To: Howie66
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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To: Howie66

>>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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To: Howie66
"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 Bushbacker1 (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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To: ConservativeStatement

yikes, my eyes! Shouldn’t a woman that looks like that be molesting boys in some high school somewhere?


21 posted on 10/03/2011 5:47:05 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: chesty_puller

Good question, brother!

Will scope it out.


22 posted on 10/03/2011 5:47:43 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66

The idea of an all sports network was one I enthusiastically embraced when I first got cable TV many years ago. However, as things worked out, it wasn’t long before I no longer could stomach watching ESPN. Firing Hank Jr. just adds to my detestation of all things ESPN.


23 posted on 10/03/2011 5:47:51 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Bryanw92

Yep


24 posted on 10/03/2011 5:48:06 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Howie66

So the twits did fire him. Darned shame.


25 posted on 10/03/2011 5:48:27 PM PDT by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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To: Carbonsteel

I heard the replay and I agree with you.


26 posted on 10/03/2011 5:48:38 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66
I don't think Hank woulda' done it that 'a way.

/johnny

27 posted on 10/03/2011 5:49:01 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Howie66

I haven’t watched Monday Night Football since Cosell and Dandy Don, I guess.

If they would put Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Miller, and Hank Jr. on there I might go back to it just for the entertainment. Maybe throw Christiane Amanpour on the sidelines for the helluvit, that could be interesting. No, wait, Whoopi Goldberg, now that’s the ticket. That would be some good TV.

FUESPN. Who cares about you?


28 posted on 10/03/2011 5:49:46 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Howie66
Effeminate Sports Progressive Network
29 posted on 10/03/2011 5:50:50 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Howie66
ESPN is almost as PC as the NFL. What's next? Rainbow colored uniforms for LGBT awareness month?
30 posted on 10/03/2011 5:50:54 PM PDT by Shqipo (I am AttackWatch parolee #1,237. I am breaking my parole once more.)
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To: Howie66

....this has little boy king all over it. He probably threw a hissy fit and Momma Jarrett had her hands full calming the stoooopid brat down. Someone fearing a major clean up called for an American icon to be “taught a lesson”....
Convenient, that both teams are bad teams and up against the ALDS , so viewership is down, it can all be cleared up in the morning *wink wink nudge nudge*....but it won’t be forgotten.


31 posted on 10/03/2011 5:52:10 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Bushbacker1

lol No doubt!


32 posted on 10/03/2011 5:52:19 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66
I disagree about the "freedom of speech" issue, because a private network dropped him. Only the federal government can violate the "Bill of Rights." So long as he is not punished by the federal government his "Constitutional rights" have not been violated.

THAT BEING SAID--The folks at ESPN and all liberals are certainly the ultimate hypocrites considering they never complained about the "Bushitler" nonsense.

33 posted on 10/03/2011 5:53:19 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: Howie66

The world would be a better place, if entertainers of all sorts didn’t feel compelled to try to fix the world — and if reporters, fans, and everyone else told them all to just “shut up and sing”.


34 posted on 10/03/2011 5:54:24 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Howie66

He had every right to say what he did. No one denies that. ABC had the right to fire him. Did your mama ever tell you about the wisdom in choosing your battles wisely?


35 posted on 10/03/2011 5:55:01 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: Shqipo

Shhhhhhhhhhh....don’t give the maggots any ideas......


36 posted on 10/03/2011 5:56:32 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66

NFL is skating on thin ice.

If the right is smart, it will destroy them.

The NFL is nothing but an extension of the slave trade, with no guarantee contracts and extreme black against black violence, blood money.

Somebody over there had better find a clue quick, because if Hank Jr doesn’t sing tonight, the NFL might as well start using a soccer ball, because NASCAR NFL fans WILL REVOLT.


37 posted on 10/03/2011 5:57:29 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Carbonsteel

Interesting that the liberals didn’t assume that the Netanyahu reference was Obama, only Hitler.

I turn down the sound no matter when I watch a game, so I don’t see or hear them. I listen to the local announcers.

I really do weep for this country.


38 posted on 10/03/2011 5:58:03 PM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: Howie66
So ESPN is okay with having Hitler as President ? Our President is assassinating US citizens abroad with unmanned drones. Hitler only had wet dreams about that capability.
39 posted on 10/03/2011 5:58:12 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Howie66

Great letter. I don’t know what happened as I have no TV...but your sentiments are great.

Would you mind elaborating on exactly what happened?

TIA


40 posted on 10/03/2011 5:58:32 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Israel, Pro-Free Market, Pro-Low Taxes,..Perry 2012)
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To: driftdiver
I guess I do too. While I have every song and spoken word Hank Williams Sr. has recorded in my library and not one note of Hank Williams Jr. I have deleted every ESPN station from the programming my TiVo receives.

41 posted on 10/03/2011 6:02:39 PM PDT by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: Howie66
Ditto!

Unfortunately hubby likes football, I watch for Hank and he only spoke the TRUTH, GO HANK GO!


42 posted on 10/03/2011 6:04:09 PM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who fails to keep faith with the Military, will NOT keep faith with YOU!)
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To: Howie66

ESPN has the right to fire Williams - and probably should have, because, frankly, Hank’s comments were offensive.

My problem with ESPN is that they’re partisan as hell. Who’s the idiot basketball sportscaster who cries out “Obama!” every time a player gets a slam dunk?

In my opinion - and it’s just mine - politics has no place in sports. ESPN certainly has the right to disagree. But hopefully, fans can express their opinion by simply not watching.


43 posted on 10/03/2011 6:04:51 PM PDT by Jaguarmike (i)
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To: Howie66

Gretchen Carlson started this off with her silly PC “disavow” comment at the end of the interview.

It wasn’t that big a deal, but by expressing the wish for FOX and her fellow presenters to disassociate from Hank’s comments, she made it into something a lot bigger.

And into something something it was not.


44 posted on 10/03/2011 6:05:56 PM PDT by wistful
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To: Outlaw Woman

You can read about and see the video of it here.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/awkward-moment-on-fox-set-gretchen-carlson-disavows-hank-williams-jrs-obama-hitler-comment/

It was really blown way out of proportion. However, I guess that questioning Ubama is not to be tolerated.


45 posted on 10/03/2011 6:06:01 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66

So it was okay when Hitler was applied to Bush?


46 posted on 10/03/2011 6:07:53 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Bad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: Howie66

Bravo.

I just deleted all my bookmarks to ESPN. I would urge all Freepers to do the same.

Foxsports has everything I need for sports news.

ESPN just died to me. And I just found a great reason to get me some Kentucky Headhunters music.

YEEEE-HAAAAAAWWWW !!!!


47 posted on 10/03/2011 6:08:13 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: Howie66
ESPN hasn't violated Hank WIlliams Jr.’s right to free speech by excluding him from tonight's broadcast. ESPN has exercised its own rights by disciplining an employee and voicing its own opinions.

That said, I tend to support Mr. Williams’ views over ESPN's.

BTW, judging from the commentary I normally hear on ESPN’s evening broadcasts, everyone at ESPN is pretty much over the blood alcohol limit by now. Letters and emails of protest may as well wait until tomorrow.

48 posted on 10/03/2011 6:09:18 PM PDT by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government's footprint!)
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To: Howie66

They did it so they could bring in some Liberal idiot instead.


49 posted on 10/03/2011 6:09:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Bad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: GailA

And a Gibson guitar to boot !!!!!!


50 posted on 10/03/2011 6:10:01 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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