Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Uncategorized

ESPN steps in it:

On Thursday, former Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said it was “so disappointing” that ESPN would reject an ad from a Catholic hospital that mentioned “God” and “Jesus” because the network found those words to be problematic. 

“ESPN, you’ve come a long way, baby… from your known wholesome, bold Americana ‘persona’ to now being afraid to support freedom and not being bold enough to allow acknowledgement of the ‘Reason for the Season,’” Palin wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday. “So disappointing. Well, I hope you guys catch and enjoy the Christmas spirit anyway!”

ESPN reportedly rejected a Christmas commercial from a Catholic hospital in St. Louis (Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center) because the sports network found the words “God” and “Jesus” to be “problematic” in the ad. 

Palin referenced the Breitbart Sports report that noted the rejected commercial mentions that thousands of people in the community send “messages of hope to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays.”

“At… Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents, and families that we serve,” an announcer says in the ad before mentioning that the hospital’s patients are “filled with hope” because they receive daily messages from the “treasure chest” beneath its “tree of hope.”

The ad concludes by asking viewers to “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at” ESPN reportedly found “we celebrate the birth of Jesus” and “help us reveal God’s healing presence this Christmas” to be “problematic.”

Well, of course it did.  ESPN has since reversed itself and now says that it will run the ad.  That ad’s run around here quite a number of times and I honestly can’t see how it could possibly offend anyone.  Unless you’re the sort of vampire person who shrieks in pain at the sight of the Cross or mention of the words “God” or “Jesus.”

10 Comments to THE J AND G WORDS

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
December 12, 2013

Bill O’Reilly is reporting that ESPN didn’t so much reverse itself as the “Catholic” hospital edited out the offensive references so as to be acceptable to ESPN.

December 12, 2013

ESPN certainly has “God” and “Jesus” on the air in commentary! As in, “Oh, my God, did you see that?” and its mutlitudinous variants in the mouths of commentators on sports action.

Therese Z
December 13, 2013

I am starting to think it’s not the Cross or Jesus really, but people’s sensibilities. being offended is so normal and over-reacting to something your taste or feelings cannot abide is an accepted opportunity to be special, and oh-so-sensitive.

We used to wanly smile, or stay stoic and silent. Now, we emote and people actually listen!!! We must be validated, and heard, and treated nicely.

milksops. weenies. sissies.

December 13, 2013

“Unless you’re the sort of vampire person who shrieks in pain at the sight of the Cross or mention of the words “God” or “Jesus.” That would be Satan and/or the mythical vampires.

Allen Lewis
December 13, 2013

ESPN is changing into something as bad, or worse, than MSNBC. The commentators have begun to take themselves too seriously and their succes and domination in the world of sports (particularly, the National Religion – NFL Football) has gone to their heads.

The netowrk is becoming a little PC mini-New Your Times. I find most of their commentators to be opinionated self-jimportant narcissists.

Dale Matson
December 13, 2013

Keith Olbermann is one liberal example of the sports/editorializing that goes on at ESPN. ESPN is “The View” for young males. The former jocks and sports groupies that make up the crew talk as loud as the commercials. I avoid the fitness center when both ESPN and The View are on at the same time on two separate TVs.

December 13, 2013

According to CNS News, the network was going to run the edited version (without God or Jesus) but has now agreed to run the original ad unedited. Good.

Dale Matson, the gym I used to go to always had “The View” on a huge screen in the women’s dressing room. I grew to hate going in there.

Bill (not IB)
December 13, 2013

What’s wrong with all you people? How in the world is ESPN supposed to know that “Christmas” has anything to do with Jesus, who is the Christ and the Son of God???

After all, *everyone* knows that the X-mas season is about Santa Claus, buying gifts you can’t afford, outdoor lighting displays that illuminate the night sky for 20 miles, flying reindeer, talking snowmen, 10-foot tall trees in 8 foot high rooms, and Kwanzaa.

/sarc off

Clown Celebrant
December 14, 2013

Don’t watch ESPN. They promote idolatry. It’s that simple. Think about it.

December 17, 2013

Clown – The Dallas Cowboys don’t promote idolatry, I promise you.

Support The MCJ