(National Sentinel) Shaping the Narrative: The various TV networks airing NFL games last week made sure to show you the kneeling, “protesting” players, but the equal and very opposite reaction from fans was notably missing from televised footage.
As noted by Sporting News:
With President Donald Trump’s attacks against protesting NFL players still reverberating, the league’s TV partners decided to air live coverage of the national anthem before Week 3 games. Those partners left out a key element of the coverage: crowd shots of angry fans.
Networks typically do not televise the national anthem except for the Super Bowl and other special occasions, but they recognized there would be intense viewer interest this past weekend.
While audio mics picked up the the mass booing, TV cameramen and their directors studiously avoided showing the anger and outrage, which was legion, actually. So we know which side of the fence the “mainstream” media comes down on this controversy, don’t we? As if that’s a shocker.
But, as Sporting News reports, the protests against the protests were, at times, intense:
A segment of Patriots fans in Foxborough, Mass., for example, nearly booed their own players off the field when some Pats sat or kneeled, with some screaming, “Stand up!”
Was the avoidance purposeful? Of course it was:
One behind-the-scenes TV staffer at another stadium told Sporting News that camera operators were ordered to avoid crowd shots in case they showed fans counterprotesting the protests.
The networks — NBC, CBS, ESPN, and Fox Sports — all wanted to show unity among players, but besides being journalistically incorrect in their refusal to show the opposition, the networks once again came down on the side that hates America, which was one of the dumbest decisions in modern television history.
The worst optics for the NFL in Week 3 was footage of Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens game in London, where players knelt in disrespect of the U.S. National Anthem, but stood and respected “God Save the Queen,” Britain’s national anthem.
Rush Limbaugh has observed that there’s no way President Donald J. Trump loses this battle. He’s right; Trump is coming down squarely on the side of America. The players, well, are not, despite what they say.
Also, this push to blame all of this ‘protesting’ on Trump is bogus; Trump didn’t start this, it began last fall with Colin Kaepernick on Barack Obama’s watch. Trump is merely responding to the disrespect that began again this season.
But of course, the networks, once again, are trying to shape the narrative by telling you a different version of reality.
“The story of fans who were not enamored of Sunday’s anthem protests were out there if TV networks wanted to show us. The reactions of those fans should have been a bigger story,” Sporting News noted. Agreed.
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