CNN has had its share of problems lately. Its ratings have sunk to levels lower than the Dead Sea. At least partially because of this, its president was forced to resign. Then, in the midst of the meltdown of its brand, the network thought that it would be appropriate to play a musical introduction to a segment on Sarah Palin, a song by Pink entitled Stupid Girls.
Sarah Palin had made the grievous error of visiting Chick-fil-A for a meal. I know, for some of our more unobservant readers that in itself isn’t such a calamitous event. But earlier this month, the head of the firm, Dan Cathy, had made the disgusting statement that the company didn’t approve of gay marriage. It doesn’t matter that President Obama agreed with this statement until his recent flip-flop on the issue.
When Cathy made his remark, it shouldn’t have come as a shock to CNN. His family started the restaurant based upon a set of Christian beliefs. Everyone who has ever been in the restaurant gets this. For example, if you try to visit one on a Sunday, you’ll find it closed. The company also gives money to a number of conservative causes, especially those that support strong marriage. But as of a month or so ago, when Obama changed his mind, the company became a cause celebre.
Recently, the mayors of some cities have banned the restaurant chain from operating in their cities. Now, some of you might have a better understanding of the 1st Amendment than I. But, I always thought that the purpose of the amendment was to keep government from encroaching on free speech.
Now, CNN has issued a half-hearted political apology. “The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story. We regret any perception that they were planned together.” You see, it’s not really their fault for the maligning statement; it’s ours for being so hyper-sensitive. So, for example, if they would have played ‘Don’t You Think I’m Sexy’ during a story on John Edwards Vice-Presidential campaign in 2004, or during his Presidential run in 2008, that would have been merely coincidental, and none of Edwards supporters should have taken offense.