MEDIA REPORT BACKLASH TO PENTAGON PC IN HONORS CASE
By Cliff Kincaid
January 5, 2011
Having failed to inflate some Navy comedy videos into a national scandal, the major media are now reluctantly reporting that crew members of the USS Enterprise respect and defend their skipper, Captain Owen Honors, who stars in the videos and makes several off-color and anti-gay jokes.
“Former Sailors Defend Embattled Capt. Honors” is the headline over a column on AOLnews.com Nevertheless, under sensational media coverage and pressure, the Navy decided to temporarily relieve him of command.
On both the CBS “Early Show” and the NBC “Today Show,” former sailors defended Honors. Pete Clarke condemned the Navy’s decision to relieve him of command, saying, “I think the political correctness at the Pentagon needs to be checked on this.”
A lot of criticism is being leveled at the media for dredging up the videos and inflating their importance.
A “Support Captain Owen Honors Facebook page” declared that “Captain Honors is being ‘convicted’ by the media and special interest groups…”
Similar sentiments were expressed on a Facebook page for the USS Enterprise. One said, “Capt. Honors…I feel it’s a shame you are being used by the PC media to promote their agenda…”