While several reports have revealed that most NFL fans are outraged at the leagues continued national anthem protests, a very interesting article from Sporting News revealed how the liberal media networks are protecting the players by not showing the outraged fans.
According to the piece, the league’s TV partners decided to air live coverage of the anthem before Week 3 games, after President Trump’s attacks against protesting NFL players were still on everyone’s mind. However, these partners decided to ignore a significant element of the coverage: crowd shots of angry fans.
While most of the networks don’t televise the national anthem unless we’re talking about the Super Bowl or a major event, it was an undeniable fact that there would be intense viewer interest in this past weekend, considering the protests’ controversy.
On Sunday, while the audio mics picked up the boos from the fans against the players –the most significant situation happened with the New England Patriots– liberal TV networks avoided the crowd shots in order to eliminate the chance of seeing fans jeering the athletes.
According to the article, one TV staffer told Sporting News that camera operators were ordered to avoid crowd shots at all costs, to ignore how the majority of people at the stadiums were counter-protesting the protest.
Naturally, the reason behind this terrible action was extremely political. As some analysts pointed out after the first games following Trump’s controversial comments in the Alabama rally, every single moment where the national anthem is reproduced on the NFL stadiums, that would be a political event where people would show who they support.
It was clear that if they criticize the players kneeling in front of the flag in any way, they would be standing on Trump’s side. Of course, this situation had to be ignored by the liberal media to maintain its narrative intact, which is nothing more than the demonstration of unity among players, coaches, and owners against the President.
The article said that while this was a wise move in terms of business, it was the worst step they could take in the journalistic standpoint, considering that they refused to show the complete picture of what really happened in NFL stadiums on Sunday and Monday.
In addition, the piece remembers how during ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecast of the Cowboys-Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona, play-by-play commentator Sean McDonough said that boos could be heard from the “sellout crowd” jut when Jerry Jones and the Cowboys knelt.
Of course, he purposely refused to indicate why the spectators were booing, while people who watched the game on TV never saw any of these angry fans. In fact, none of them were shown, much less interviewed.
While ESPN declined to comment, a source told Sporting News there was no kind of edict from Bristol, that it’s up to the director of the “MNF” game telecast to decided from the production truck on what shots to use.
One of the worst moments happened with CBS Sports, when fans booing Dolphins and Jets players were loud and clear during the network’s telecast from East Rutherford, New Jersey. As you could imagine it, no one could saw the angry fans. Instead, the network showed a lot of field-level shots of linked arms players and saluting police officers.
The article also mentioned how during NBC’s telecast of Sunday Night Football, people who were watching the game on TV got plenty close-up views of Redskins and Raiders sitting or linking arms during the American anthem. Meanwhile, the spectators were strictly in the background.
Sports media's outraged over Trump NFL anthem comments. Yet vast majority of fans agree. Huge disconnect in sports between fans/media.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 23, 2017
Considering the symbolic implications of the fans counter-protesting the protesting players, it was almost mandatory to provide at least a minimum time of coverage. In fact, even when it could be politically harmful to the liberal networks to show them, they could have changed the narrative and say that the fans were only showing their discontent for how the games were politicized.
However, it seems impossible to ask for just a little bit of decency, considering how the liberal mainstream media have shown over the last few years that decent journalistic standards would only be applied if the case completely fits their political interests, or if it´s something harmless.
As this article said in its last paragraphs, it is brutally unfair that people have to go to social media to found out what was really happening inside the NFL stadiums.
In any case, here’s what the liberal media refuses to show.