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February 23rd, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Ted Nugent’s hate speech

Christy Hoppe of The Dallas Morning News joins Brian Stelter to examine why journalists weren't more critical of rocker Ted Nugent's incendiary comments about President Obama.


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  1. njudgemental

    I don’t know why CNN can’t stop covering Nugent comments. Sure they are disgusting, but this is not news, Bush was called “Bush baby” which was a reference to African primate, “uncurious George” to make him like a chimp, Dumbo, making him sound stupid, Bushitler, to liken him to Hitler. These comments are similarly inflammatory and have similar meanings to those Nugent applied on Obama. So what is news here? It could be an agenda to attach this behavior to conservatives, which is not true, but gives the liberals something to talk about. It could be that it is ok to liken a white person to a primate, but unacceptable to do the same for a black person, but wouldn’t that be discriminatory? And look at the issue of politicians associating with Nugent, we keep hearing that these politicians are similarly evil as Nugent, but what about the associations of Ayers and Jeremiah Wright which we are told have no relevance to Obama’s agendas

    February 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  2. EJB

    I agree with Mr Schneider although I must say I was happy to see Sunday's show finally return to what Reliable Sources is supposed to be about – questioning the media. You did hit upon media responsibility to take a stand despite repercussions and yet when one of your own hosts DOES take a stand and suffers the repercussions, CNN fires him. I'm referring to Piers Morgan who was dismissed in part due to his stand against what he perceives as abhorrent gun laws – which, yes, resulted in lower ratings and criticism but nevertheless was "showing backbone".

    February 25, 2014 at 11:10 am | Reply
  3. Dennis Schneider

    The teaser for the segment regarding Ted Nugent's comments about the president asked whether the media should show more backbone in calling out those who engage in hate speech. I was disappointed by the contents of the segment when it was presented. The journalist from Dallas talked at length about the political consequences of Mr. Nugent's comments but no one delved into the question regarding the media response to perceived hate speech. I would like to see someone discuss the media responsibility to call out those who engage hate speech, outright lies and other misrepresentations put forth by individuals of all political parties.

    February 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Reply

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