Big Media Suicide Compact

Townhall.comCal Thomas

Is there a profit-making business -- other than TV networks and The New York Times -- that so disrespects its audience it works overtime to offend them?

What other business metaphorically flips the bird to those who don't subscribe to their social, cultural and political worldview? That is precisely what big media does to a large number of potential viewers and subscribers.

Three recent examples: 1) The inexplicable editing of the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening of last Sunday's U.S. Open on NBC; 2) the naming of ultra-liberal Norah O'Donnell of MSNBC as CBS News' new chief White House correspondent, in time for the 2012 election; and 3) last Sunday's New York Times, which appeared to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington Blade, a leading newspaper for the LGBT community.

Let's take them one at a time.

Someone had to decide that "under God" and "indivisible" were extraneous and needed to be cut from the U.S. Open's patriotic montage. Who was that person? What are his/her ideological and religious beliefs? What editor or manager decided it was OK to air the edited Pledge of Allegiance? Didn't anyone at NBC, which later apologized on air to "those of you who were offended by it," anticipate the reaction? Will heads roll? Probably not. Compare this to comedian Tracy Morgan's crude remarks about gay people in a stand-up act not aired on NBC. His colleagues roundly denounced him and Tina Fey, creator/star of NBC's "30 Rock," suggested that without his gay and lesbian co-workers, Morgan "would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on ... or a printed paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket." Morgan is now on the groveling tour, seeking absolution from gay rights activists.