Not surprisingly, Todd Starnes’ baseless attacks on Disney for being anti-God earned his phony Christian victims a nice stretch of friendly face time on Fox & Friends this morning.
Yesterday, I wrote about Starnes’ column attacking Disney because its website blocked a user comment thanking God. Although Starnes had no proof that the blockage was anything more than a glitch in some moderating software, professional Christian grievance-stoker Starnes turned the minor incident into an entire column. This morning Fox & Friends turned the column into an interview with the “victim” and her mother.
Today, in a Fox & Friends segment “just asking,” “Is Disney Channel censoring God?” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck answered the question in her introduction by saying, “Well, it looks like Disney’s frozen out God.”
Hasselbeck had her guests, Julie Anderson and her daughter Lilly, explain the tragedy of Lilly’s birthday post giving thanks to God being blocked on a website until she removed the word "God."
As anyone who is familiar with commenting on a large website should suspect, the blockage was due to the configuration of Disney’s comments moderating software. In fact, Starnes posted an update to his column in which Disney explained exactly that:
Update: After the following column appeared on FoxNews.com, Disney issued the following statement on Tuesday, December 2: “Disney employs word filtering technology to prevent profanity from appearing on our websites. Unfortunately, because so many people attempt to abuse the system and use the word “God” in conjunction with profanity, in an abundance of caution our system is forced to catch and prevent any use of the word on our websites. The company would have been happy to explain our filtering technology to the inquiring family had they contacted us.”
That’s right, it appears that Mama Julie went right to Starnes instead of Disney with her gripe and Starnes was more than happy to make young Lilly a Christian martyr before he even got an explanation.
And Fox was so proud of Julie and Lilly for ratting out Disney (never mind the validity), that the “fair and balanced” network turned them into television heroes. Even though Fox knew of Disney’s explanation because Hasselbeck read it on the air during the interview.
But before then, Hasselbeck wrinkled her nose accusingly as she said to Lilly, “So until you removed 'God,' the word God, the website would continue to tell you to be nice?”
“Lilly, how did that make you feel, when you just said simply what you were thankful for – and that was a really nice note your wrote. How did that make you feel to get that message back?” Hasselbeck asked.
Mama Julie acknowledged she had “reached out” to Starnes but not Disney. Anderson claimed her goal was to get, “you know, some sort of answer, ‘cause I just don’t want children to feel like there’s something wrong or something that they should be ashamed of in sharing their faith with their peers.”
As she closed the segment, Hasselbeck asked "sweet Lilly" to "go ahead and tell America right now exactly what you’re thankful for the way you wanted to the first time.” Hasselbeck promised, "We will not censor you."
Lilly thanked God on the air, Hasselbeck praised her “great work” in sharing “loud and proud” and called Julie “a great Mom.”
Hasselbeck and Fox are the ones who should be ashamed.
Watch it below, from this morning’s Fox & Friends.
she is supposed to be a journalist.
Mother & daughter look so much alike!
Tell the conservative masses Fox “News” refuses to discuss this insult.