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Fox News and Donald Trump Upset that People Can’t Say Anti-Gay Things About Michael Sam: VIDEO

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Fox News is once again stoking fears that equality and gay visibility are going to lead to the death of free speech.

Media Matters reports that the network, in a discussion about Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones being disciplined for tweeting “omg” and “horrible” in response to Michael Sam’s emotional reaction to being drafted into the NFL, came to Jones' defense.

The May 12 edition of Fox & Friends discussed Jones' tweet and compared the story to former NFL player Tim Tebow, suggesting Tebow was "mocked" for being a Christian while Michael Sam is "praised." Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck worried that the NFL's attempts to curb anti-gay attacks on Sam could "offend" players like Jones and stoked fears that such efforts could lead to a slippery slope toward civility:

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 12.12.23 PMHASSELBECK: When you look at what the NFL is saying though, now, this is a strong message. They are going on the offense against any  sort of offensive comments out there. But does it offend those with their free speech and their opinions to voice them? Certainly when it comes on the field. Will they then go after what is said in the huddle, in a tackle, on the bottom of a pile? Because if you have those times mic'd, you're going to be hearing a lot of comments which would be deemed offensive. Where does this go from here?

Later in the show, Fox regular and bag of hot air Donald Trump weighed in on ESPN's coverage of Sam’s celebration with his boyfriend, with Trump calling the kiss between the two “pretty out there to me.” And on Jones' punishment for mocking Sam, Trump claimed, "We've become so politically correct in this country that the country is going to hell."

Watch the segments, AFTER THE JUMP

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  1. Barbara Walter's legacy: HASSELBECK

    Posted by: ROSEMARY WOODHOUSE | May 12, 2014 2:18:21 PM


  2. Yeah, mean Michael Sam and all those other gheys won't let Donald Trump and Elisabeth Hasselbeck be the bigoty bigots they are.
    Except, they're totally free to be the bigoty bigots they are since they're on Fox News. What?

    Posted by: DdV | May 12, 2014 2:19:48 PM


  3. Here is yet another example of American ignorance. Freedom of speech means only one thing- you are protected from government retribution for things you say (and there are limits, ie slander, falsely yelling "fire," etc.)
    Freedom of speech does not protect anyone from criticism, and it doesn't protect one from being punished by his employer. Try talking smack about your employer, and you will be fired, simple as that.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | May 12, 2014 2:23:23 PM


  4. Trump has attended gay weddings. What's his issue, again? Oh, right. Keeping a Fox News Fanbase by regurgitating what Bigots Want To Hear.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 12, 2014 2:23:38 PM


  5. Yuck and more ick. I don't know which one of those humans is more reprehensible, Hasselbitch or Tdump.

    Posted by: johnny | May 12, 2014 2:26:42 PM


  6. Four people destined for the dustbin of history.

    Posted by: Josh | May 12, 2014 2:27:54 PM


  7. Michael Sam was born gay. Tim Tebow wasn't born a jesus freak

    Posted by: jo | May 12, 2014 2:28:34 PM


  8. People choose their religion. People do not choose their sexuality. Michael Sam is not going to go on the football field and try to recruit people to be gay, but you better believe Tebow was out there promoting his religion.

    Posted by: brian | May 12, 2014 2:29:05 PM


  9. But you see, they CAN say anti-gay things. They just have consequences for saying those things.

    Posted by: Lucas H | May 12, 2014 2:29:57 PM


  10. Most of you here are gay and liberal and probably won't understand what I am about to say. Some people feel uncomfortable with the kiss and it's understandable. It's hard to accept this when gay men act like teenage girls when you try to reason with them. It's about being considerate of others. I don't flaunt my sexuality because I know it might make others uncomfortable. I get that unfortunately gays only think about themselves and not others around them.

    Posted by: Twins | May 12, 2014 2:30:19 PM


  11. And yes, I'm an idiot.

    Posted by: TWINS | May 12, 2014 2:32:47 PM


  12. A few years ago, Hasselbeck called Trump, "obnoxious", and Trump called Hasselbeck, "not a very smart person, one of the dumber people on television", and now they are a regular team, supporting each other's dumbness and obnoxiousness.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 12, 2014 2:33:09 PM


  13. Jonty is absolutely correct. The nation as a whole doesn't seem to understand what the First Amendment right to free speech means, and that such freedoms do not protect anyone from criticism or backlash from employers or the community at large. There have been many watershed moments in US and World History where bigots have reacted to something by saying "that display was beyond the pale" and by today's standards you wouldn't even bat an eye at it. Less than a 100 years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a women to wear anything but a dress in public (trousers/pants were forbidden by law and in 1923 the US Attorney General finally ruled women could wear them in public). Also, at one time to dance the Waltz was a crime against nature, and "good and decent" society was aghast that people would perform this dance in public. There was a time where "righteous and moral men" thought the bikini would be the ruin of humankind and lead to moral turpitude. . .and yet now it's rarer to see someone wearing something other than a bikini at the beach.

    Posted by: Keith | May 12, 2014 2:33:57 PM


  14. Fox News is so 16th century. Pretty much like the GOP party it represents.

    Posted by: Tom | May 12, 2014 2:34:23 PM


  15. Oh, poor little Donnie Trump. My heart bleeds for you and the spawn of Cousin Itt that's attached to your head.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | May 12, 2014 2:34:43 PM


  16. @TWINS Michael Sam could break you in half, but he wouldn't because he's an infinitely better person than you. Thanks for noting that liberals oppose bigotry, unlike trolls like you who freely propagate it. You are disgusting.

    Posted by: Josh | May 12, 2014 2:35:08 PM


  17. Hell, have all the 'free speech' you want! Just don't assume there won't be consequences.
    Trump is a toxic, loud-mouthed idiot.

    Posted by: Geoff | May 12, 2014 2:36:33 PM


  18. We love to buttfuck each other!

    Posted by: twins | May 12, 2014 2:36:51 PM


  19. "Trump has attended gay weddings. What's his issue again?"

    His issue is just what he said it is, namely that the kiss was "pretty out there"......the issue was over-the-top behavior by Sam clearly designed to make a political statement......not his sexual orientation, per se.....which is why non-homophobes like Trump are not cool with it....

    Posted by: Rick | May 12, 2014 2:37:29 PM


  20. Uh Twins, you do realize that Sam and his boyfriend were in the comfort of their home when they kissed? They have to restrain themselves because the media was allowed in? And they're not allowed to celebrate in a completely natural manner like this after Sam's dream literally came true? Get over yourself. If it was a straight couple "flaunting their sexuality" you'd be keeping your ignorant mouth shut. "Oh no, two adult gay men are kissing! Whaaanh!"

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 12, 2014 2:39:52 PM


  21. If Donald Trump would become more gay friendly, he could find someone to help his hair look better.

    Posted by: Turing's Ghost | May 12, 2014 2:40:23 PM


  22. @Josh. You sum my point perfectly. Calling me a troll. This is why I can't reason with gays because you throw a tantrum if someone disagrees with their opinion. It's not only about you gays, it's about others too. I'm gay too.

    Posted by: Twins | May 12, 2014 2:40:24 PM


  23. I am Rick and I am mentally ill right-winger troll!

    Posted by: twins | May 12, 2014 2:43:41 PM


  24. @RICK How was the kiss "out there"? This is just one more example of how the right wing attempts to create their own 'facts' to feed their constant and absurd outrage machine.

    Posted by: Josh | May 12, 2014 2:44:44 PM


  25. "Hell, have all the 'free speech' you want! Just don't assume their won't be consequences"

    Hmmm. That is exactly what I would say to Michael Sam this morning if I saw him.

    Posted by: Rick | May 12, 2014 2:45:10 PM


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