(National Sentinel)Â Shaping the Narrative:Â The various TV networks airing NFL games last week made sure to show you the kneeling, “protesting” players, but the equal and very oppositeÂ reaction from fans was notably missing from televised footage.
As noted byÂ 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 partnersÂ left out a key element of the coverage: crowd shots of angry fans.
NetworksÂ typically do not televiseÂ the national anthemÂ except for the Super Bowl and other special occasions, but they recognizedÂ there would be intense viewer interestÂ this past weekend.
While audio mics picked up the the mass booing, TV cameramen and their directors studiously avoidedÂ 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, asÂ Sporting News reports, the protests against the protests were, at times, intense:
A segment ofÂ Patriots fansÂ in Foxborough, Mass., for example, nearly booed their own players off the field when some Pats sat or kneeled, with some screaming,Â “Stand up!”
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) September 24, 2017
Was the avoidance purposeful? Of course it was:
One behind-the-scenes TV staffer at another stadiumÂ told Sporting News that camera operators were orderedÂ to avoid crowd shots in case they showed fans counterprotesting the protests.
The networks — NBC, CBS, ESPN, and Fox Sports — all wanted to show unityÂ 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, butÂ stood andÂ respected “God Save the Queen,” Britain’s national anthem.
Rush Limbaugh has observed that there’s no wayÂ President Donald J. Trump loses this battle. He’s right; Trump is coming downÂ squarely on the side ofÂ America. The players, well, areÂ not, despite what they say.
Also, this push to blame all of this ‘protesting’ on Trump is bogus; Trump didn’t start this, it beganÂ last fall with Colin Kaepernick on Barack Obama’s watch. Trump is merely responding to the disrespect that began againÂ this season.
But of course, the networks, once again, are trying to shape the narrative by telling you a different version of reality.
“TheÂ story of fans who were notÂ enamored of Sunday’s anthem protests were out there ifÂ TV networks wanted to show us. The reactions of those fans should have been a bigger story,”Â Sporting News noted.Â Agreed.
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