Reporter bashes Chick-fil-A customers while covering the story

I have never felt so alien in my own country as I did today while covering the restaurant’s supporters. The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad. I can’t even print some of the things people said. …

It was like broken records of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and a recitation of half-truths and outright lies. — More

Well, so much for fair and balanced. What are the odds his story ties the customers to the tea party?

UPDATE: Editor scolds reporter over Chick-fil-A comments

25 thoughts on “Reporter bashes Chick-fil-A customers while covering the story

  1. Funny, that does not jive at all with what I observed / experienced. In fact, despite spending an hour in line, pretty much everyone was happy, cheerful, smiling, and joking about the situation.


    Everyone has an agenda.

  2. It’s bad and all, but if the anti-freedom news orgs weren’t constantly [re-]covered by the right, they’d likely wither away.

  3. so this is what piety and politics has devolved to : what fast-food joint you patronize.

    • It could seem that way to some progressives who neither understand nor revere the clear language of the First Amendment.

    • It could seem that way to some progressives who neither understand nor revere the clear language of the First Amendment.

    • If you wait to take a stand till they are kicking down your door, that day will come sooner rather than later. If you think that defending one’s right to hold an opinion is trivial, then sneer and mock away.

  4. I call BS. Total BS.

    Name the store, specify the time. Provide photographs of the people. Spell out precisely what was said–use quotes.

    If there were people “using the N-word” and “f**ggot” as the self-described reporter claimed, they should be exposed. But if that reporter was, shall we say, channeling the spirit of Jason Blair and making the entire story up–having never actually set foot on the premises, that would be precisely the kind of story I’d expect.

    I was at a Chick-Fil-A today. By pure coincidence, I was wearing an old shirt–a shirt I got for speaking at a user conference for a popular piece of software whose logo is a rainbow-colored balloon. So there I am, in a bright purple polo shirt, with a rainbow balloon on my chest–looking like a gay man sent from Central Casting.

    No hate. No slurs. Genial conversation–and a polite, cautious question about “what I thought about all of this.”

    When I said, “it’s a combination protest march and church supper–the only thing missing is six kinds of macaroni and cheese” it was sort of like Arlo Guthrie’s song “Alice’s Restaurant”–they all shook my hand and we had a great time.

    This so-called reporter is lying. He didn’t go to Chick-Fil-A. He’s just posing. If he really had, he’d have the photos. But if he dares write any of this, and uses a photo of an identifiable person, he’s dead meat on a stick in a libel action. And he’s smart enough to know it.

  5. From another site….

    Disagreeing With Chick Fil A is American. Banning them because of their beliefs is fascism. Know the difference.

    Carter_Burger67 gets it, so how is it the left can not???/ Scheesh and the lefties keep tell us they are the smart ones.

  6. Funny. The lines were long, the crowds huge at all three of our local Chick Fil-As. The behavior was calm and orderly. No one seemed frightened, no one was foaming at the mouth. No one carried signs or shouted invectives and hate speech.

    When I finally was waited on at after 8 pm by a young African American girl I told her I supported her boss’s right to his views and her right to work for the company. (Note … they had run out of the trademark chicken meals 4 hours earlier at which point they had sold 18,000 sandwiches / dishes, and were selling the last of their grilled chicken — no lettuce or tomato — and already prepared side salads and drinks.)

    This after I dropped by another Chick Fil-A at lunch time and decided I didn’t have 45 minutes to an hour to stand in a food court wrap around line.

    While some of the customers would articlulate their support as support of Dan Cathy’s position on “traditional merriage,” my sense is people have finallly had it with the intolerance of the left, the bullying of the lefty mayors, and actually carry a more sophisticated understanding of the First Amendment rights of being an American and doing business in America than the left can fathom.

    November 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  7. I call shenanigans. I was at the very first Tea Party rally in Cincinnati. A local TV station sent a reporter to cover the story. As luck had it she got out of her van within 15 or so feet. I could make out her voice but I couldn’t hear well enough to make out the words. She stayed for less than 15 minutes.

    The TV station claimed that she was harassed, called names, and left because she feared bodily harm. None of which I can personally attest to happened.

    Since then, I take my Bloggie everywhere I go. Hi Def cameras are less than $100. Taping yourself is the best protection. I see these cameras at every political function. If the reporter says when and where, I bet someone has it on camera. Or maybe they were recording themselves.

    Tape, or it didn’t happen.

    • As I understand it, everyone there was white, carrying AR-15s, and threatening a lynching.

      In other words, your point is well taken.

      (BTW, did you know that the verb “to lynch” comes from a judge in 15th century Galway, Ireland, by the name of “Lynch,” who hanged his son out the second storey window of his house for a crime his son committed, but which was almost impossible to prosecute?)

      History! Love it, or be constantly surprised!

  8. Here in Atlanta, I go on an irregular basis to the Chick-Fil-A over by Northlake Mall to get either a chicken soup (Yummy!) or a milkshake (Oh, dear Lord, Yummmmmmmy! Pleas bring back the mint chocolate-chip milkshake!!!). In my experience, the people serving there could be working at the highest-rated hotel in any country in the world. They have *spectacular* good attitude and manners, and their values affect the entire restaurant. You just can’t go to that Chick-Fil-A without getting good food, and leaving a better person. It’s that kind of place.

    • Some possible answers:
      1. Hanging out under the Tree of Life with Moses (with whom he shares the day of his passing), George Washington, and Groucho Marx.

      2. Yesterday? Riding along in spirit with everyone going to Chick-fil-A for lunch.

      Were he still with us, he’d have bought lunch for his entire operation, including the kosher guys Pollack and Shapiro, and possibly for half of Santa Monica too.

  9. We got to Chick-Fil-A in Orem, Utah at around 4:50 p.m. It took us a little under an hour to get to the counter. When we left the line had approximately 200 people in it at 6:10 p.m. Everybody was happy and cheerful. I went to a Japanese food shop nearby and asked how business was. The guy said he normally has $800 in business by that time of day, and today he had $1300. So this event helped surrounding businesses as well.

  10. What the reporter really meant to say was: “That damn Constitution and all that freedom of speech. I hate it! I wish we had a leader like my hero, Joe Stalin.”

  11. My step-daughter works at on of two Chik-Fil-A stores in our town and was asked to stay late on her shift to accomodate the additional traffic.

    She tells me there were lines at both stores all day.

  12. The Majority
    Acts with quiet confidence.
    We don’t need to shout.

    I was at Chick-Fil-A yesterday, and the line had a very Tea Party vibe. People were waking up to the fact that they are not marginalized outliers, but rather the solid center of the American political system. The center still agrees on the First Amendment. Woe to the politicians who forget that simple fact.

  13. I am so encouraged by this. Not because of the gay marriage thing (I don’t agree with Mr. Cathy, but it’s his right to believe what he wants), but because the American people have decided to stop being pushed around by a bunch of politically correct, opportunistic elitists.

  14. The real irony is the CEO’s gay views really are not all that popular, but the extreme fascist speech suppression tactics of the left ended up turning what many still think of as an anti gay bigot into a fearless champion of free speech. When will the left finally learn to slowly build concensus and political support, and ally themselves with libertarians who consistently defend freedom, including free speech, as the NRA did on gun control, instead of their dirty speech suppression tactics. The left managed to turn many libertarians and centrists, who ordinarily might have been sympathetic to gay marriage, into defenders of chick filla.

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