Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thanks, liberal media!

Why do we need Fox News when we have -- oh, CBSNewYork?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Controversy continues to swirl around Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show performance.

And why would we think it does that?

The pop superstar is being accused of using her performance to attack police officers.

By -- anyone in particular?

“I think it was outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CBS2’s Dick Brennan.

Well, that must be serious! What apparently seemed to be happening?

Beyonce and her dancers were wearing leather and black berets, which was apparently a nod to the Black Panthers movement.

One dance formation seemed to acknowledge Malcolm X, and other dancers had fists in the air, which was reminiscent of the black power salutes of the 1960s and 70s.

That is serious! Do any other major Republican terrorism experts have anything to say, CBSNewYork?

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told CBS2 that the NFL should have canceled her appearance.

“I found the entire show objectionable. It was extolling the Black Panthers who were a terrorist organization, killing police officers in the 60s and 70s,” King said.

A protest is even being held against Beyonce next week outside NFL’s headquarters in New York.

Here, perhaps, we can stop for a moment: not just because there's NEWS, but because at some point, the balancing norm is going to take effect. Since the Super Bowl is a pseudo-event par excellence, should we maybe introduce some spectators who disagree with the idea that Beyonce is the fount of all evil?

... Some New Yorkers also sided with the superstar.

If you gonna read a million and one things into what comes out of people’s mouth, we would never leave our homes in the morning,” Eleanor Smith of Canarsie, Brooklyn, told CBS2.

Ahem. Perhaps no one at CBS2 has yet come to grips with the idea that when we write stuff down (as opposed to babbling it on air), we adhere to some formal-ish rules of style that -- to some degree -- govern how we represent the speech of pcople who don't go to the same parties that we do. The AP's rules on capturing other people's speech are pretty bizarre, but at least they're there.

Sad news for those of you at the CBS outlet in New York who think you're ready for the big leagues. You are not.


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