Hypocrisy Watch: FOX reporter cares deeply about the liberty of those who agree with him
Donald Trump, Kim Davis and Cook Out: because the Constitution guarantees redeemed sinners the right to fast food.
First, the headline:
Shannon Riggs and her cousins were famished after attending a Donald Trump rally last week in Richmond, Va., so they decided to drop by Cook Out – a regional restaurant chain known for its tasty burgers.
The group was decked out in Trump swag – from T-shirts to those iconic red hats emblazoned with the campaign’s slogan: “Make America Great Again.”
But apparently the cashier at the Cook Out in Colonial Heights does not believe Trump can make America great again. Nor do they believe his supporters deserve to eat Cook Out hamburgers.
Riggs explained what happened during the June 10 incident to television station WTVR.
“As soon as we got to the window, someone inside said ‘Hell no! I’m not serving them,’” she recounted.
They were denied service simply for being Trump supporters!
How can this happen in America? Well, read the rest of the story to see how it all turned out. (Hint – the company did what they should have done and this isn’t really a story at all.) But for now, let’s have a look at the journalism, which you know is going to be really special because it’s FOX News.
A friend wondered yesterday in a Facebook entry how these folks, denied their constitutionally guaranteed right to fast food, felt about other egregious denials of freedom. Such as, I don’t know, the whole Kim Davis shitstorm. (Which, by the way, would be a great name for a band.)
I have no way of knowing how these particular Trump supporters feel about marriage equality (I mean, I’d bet my house, sure, but that ain’t proof). However, there might be a way to ascertain whether there is hypocrisy at work in the story in another spot.
The writer here is a guy named Todd Starnes, and he feels strongly enough about fairness and balance that he’s willing to resort to exclamation points. I did some snooping and found this from his coverage of the aforementioned Kim Davis controversy. Let’s examine some selections. First, a tonal foreshadowing:
Liberty Counsel, the public interest law firm that represents Davis, says forcing her to issue same-sex marriage licenses violates her religious beliefs. But the courts don’t seem interested in that argument.
Now let’s sink our teeth into the meat of the story a little more:
The mainstream media and the activists have been ruthless.
Note: Despite moments where it has had the largest ratings of any cable channel, despite the fact it has posted the largest rating ever for a cable event, despite being the largest cable news outlet by a yuuuuge margin, despite earning nearly double the ad revenue of second-place channel CNN, remember that FOX News is not “mainstream media.” They’re a feisty, principled, independent little scrapper of an alternative news service. But I digress.
Then there’s this, which probably needs no comment.
They’ve portrayed her as a monster – a right-wing, homophobic hypocrite. She’s been smeared by tabloid-style reports on her checkered past. They’ve written extensively about her failed marriages.
It’s true, she’s been married four times. But what’s missing in the mainstream media coverage is the context. Her life was radically changed by Jesus Christ in 2011, and since then she has become a different person.
“My God in heaven knows every crack, every crevice, every deep place in my heart,” she said. “And he knows the thoughts that are in my mind before I even think them. And he has given me such a beautiful and wonderful grace through all of this.”
She once lived for the devil, but now she lives for God. She’s a sinner saved by grace.
See, it’s all about the
Davis did not seek the national spotlight. She had no intention of becoming a spokeswoman for religious liberty, and she bristles at the idea that she is a hero of the faith.
I think a lot of us probably bristle a little at the idea that Kim Davis is a hero.
At this point it’s evident that Todd Starnes cares about liberty. Cares deeply. Most importantly, he cares conditionally. Specifically, he cares about the liberty of those who share his narrow, prejudiced vision. If I might poach a line from The Onion, Todd cares passionately about what he imagines the Constitution to be.
The rest? Get ’em out of here.
Jesus is coming, and he’s jonesing for a fresh never frozen hamburger.