Cameras Focused on Kneeling Players but Paid Little Attention to Angry Crowds
The NFL has gotten themselves into a mess of trouble. It will be interesting to see just how bad things get before they get better. Tonight’s Thursday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and Green Packers may give us a clue whether things will better getting better soon or whether they will get much worse first.
There ten of thousands of people all over this country who, like myself, usually tune in on Thursday night but will not be watching the NFL this season. There are many thousands more, who will tune for the pre-game broadcast just to see what happens with the anthem and players, and then they will change the channel out of principle.
If things go well and all the players stand, you can be sure it will be all over the news. If it doesn’t go well and some of them kneel, we, the public will be fed a sugar-coated, sterilized version of events. The booing fans will not be shown and they will probably mask the noise.
The Washington Times reports:
Television networks have been accused of failing to tell the whole story by focusing their cameras on NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem last weekend while glossing over the fans booing the protests.
Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News called out the broadcasters in a Wednesday column for “covering one of the most significant days in NFL history with rose-colored glasses” by paying little attention to the crowd reaction.
“Some fans, if they reacted at all, happily clapped and cheered during protests, but others did not, and they angrily let their home teams know it,” Mr. McCarthy said. “The audio mics picked up the boos. Yet the TV networks mostly avoided crowd shots Sunday, so there was never a chance for viewers to see fans jeering players.”
Some sportscasters did make reference to the angry crowds, as did President Trump, who said in a tweet that the booing at the Monday night game between the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys was “the loudest I have ever heard.”
The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017