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:
HASSELBECK: 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…