“We were nervous and worried and scared, at least us Ravens’ fans. We were talking in the studio about, just karma … karma, after one of the 49ers players made a disparaging remark and we all started rooting for the Ravens, and I think everyone knows what I am talking about. Karma is a … you know what,” according to CNN’s Don Lemon, who previously equated Mitt Romney’s support of traditional marriage to George Wallace’s “segregation forever” speech.
If karma reacted to Chris Culliver saying “gay guys” were not welcome in the room by defeating the 49ers, then karma also delivered a Superbowl to Ravens’ center Matt Birk, one of the strongest supporters of traditional marriage in the league.
If the comments by one player made the CNN studio “nervous and worried and scared” after causing them all to root for the Ravens, then it seems hard to seriously consider the possibility that CNN gives fair coverage to the debate over traditional vs. same-sex marriage laws and other issues.
During last year’s Presidential campaign, Lemon started his segment by running clips of Mitt Romney and George Wallace next to each other:
GEORGE WALLACE, FORMER GOVERNOR ALABAMA: And I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.
Lemon then interjected, “Honestly, can you imagine having uttered those words in front of television cameras or being one of those people in the crowd cheering on Alabama's governor George Wallace? That wasn't so long ago. It was the 1960s. Now think about how far we have come, and think about what this might sound like a few decades from now.”
MITT ROMNEY: Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.
In the radio interview that Lemon suggests cost the 49ers the Superbowl, comedian Artie Lange, formerly of the Howard Stern show, received the response after asking Culliver if he had ever been approached by a homesexual player, and Culliver responded;
"I don't do the gay guys. I don't do that... We ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. ... Nah, can't be ... in the locker room, man."
Culliver’s comments were clearly not a religious-based argument for traditional marriage like Romney’s stand or Birk’s argument that we need to focus on children, which he believes should have the care of a mother and a father whenever possible. However, the fact that even though he apologized for the comments they were still powerful enough to make a CNN team that covers wars nervous, worried and scared about the result of a football game, and in turn cost the 49ers the Superbowl, might make others nervous about the state of the mainstream media today.