ESPN was fine when their Las Vegas radio affiliate joked about, and seemingly advocated for, the rape of Sarah Palin just a few weeks ago.
From my perspective, Williams didn’t call Obama “Hitler”; rather he made an exaggerated comparison to the political conflict between Obama and Boehner. (Perhaps a more appropriate analogy would have been Reagan and Gorbachev.) It seems that progressives are doing more to call Obama “Hitler” with their accusations than Williams implied with his remark. Of course, only Williams himself can clarify that. Regardless, ESPN yanked him from tonight’s broadcast. By the way, what’s with progressives’ new sensitivity over comparing a president to Hitler?
Williams’s job would likely be safe had he done what Mike Tyson did on an ESPN radio affiliate and joked about Palin rape.
Typical for lowlife blogger Loesch to misrepresent the facts for her fanbase who believe that "those Liberals are persecuting us Conservatives." She has been waging a war on ESPN for its supposed "Liberal Bias." ESPN isn't Liberal-biased or Conservative-biased, you factless Breitbart hack! Bocephus was (and won't be) NOT silenced or blacklisted, unlike the Dixie Chicks for criticism of Bush and his corrupt Administration during the run-up to the Illegal Invasion of Iraq, who got blacklisted and boycotted by a huge majority of the core fans of Country music.
Here's the real no-spin facts on Hank Williams, Jr. being yanked from at least last night's ESPN Monday Night Football telecast (and possibly for good) featuring the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (which the Bucs won 24-17):
“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”Although he is well within his rights to say bullcrap like that, he also is subject to being reprimanded or even fired by ESPN. I say that it is time to drop him completely.
TMZ.com reported that Bocephus's "Obama to Hitler" comparison comment "was misunderstood and distorted."
Williams Jr. says, "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me - how ludicrous that pairing was."
He continues, "They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”
Williams Jr. adds, "Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists – but there’s never a backlash – no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”
I still ain't buying that apology.
Here's the intro for the Monday Night Football theme song, called Are You Ready For Some Football?:
Here was its temporary replacement, Sister Hazel's performance of our National Anthem:
From the 10.03.2011 edition of ESPN's Monday Night Football:
He was on Fixed Noise's Fox and Friends earlier yesterday in which he made the controversial comments.
From the 10.03.2011 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
GRETCHEN CARLSON (co-host): I'd love to pick your brain about politics.
HANK WILLIAMS JR.: Yep.
CARLSON: All right. So, I'll start with an easy question, who do you like in the GOP race?
STEVE DOOCY (co-host): Nobody?
WILLIAMS: You remember the -- you remember the golf game they had, ladies and gentlemen?
WILLIAMS: Remember the golf game?
WILLIAMS: That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever.
WILLIAMS: That turned a lot of people off. You know, watching, you know, it just didn't go over.
CARLSON: You mean when John Boehner played golf with President Obama?
WILLIAMS: Oh, yeah! Yeah. And Biden and Kasich, yeah. Uh-huh.
CARLSON: What did you not like about it? It seems to be a really pivotal moment for you.
WILLIAMS: Come on. Come on. It would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, OK?
WILLIAMS: Not hardly. In the country this shape is in, the shape this country's in, I mean, no, I don't think so.
BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Yeah, I don't understand that analogy, actually.
DOOCY: Well, it's -- it's out there.
WILLIAMS: Well, I'm glad you don't, brother, because a lot of people do. You know, they're the enemy. They're the enemy.
KILMEADE: Who's the enemy?
WILLIAMS: Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.
DOOCY: That's only two.
CARLSON: I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he's made, at least I'm going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president.
Even the ultra-conservative liar Gretchen Carlson said Williams, Jr. went too far with his
"Obama to Hitler" rhetoric.
UPDATE (10.06.2011): ESPN has pulled Bocephus for good.