RUSH: I've been reading a lot of sports websites and blogs where there are comments featured to the commentary offered by various people that work at these places, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Fox Sports, you name it. And without exception, every one of these sports journalists has hijacked this episode. They do with every episode. They politicize every tragedy in this country to advance their failed ideas. In this case, gun control.
But what I've noticed is, and it's heartwarming in a way, almost all of them, all the people that read these websites commenting on all these posts are saying, "Would you give it a break? I'm sick and tired of you guys holding this Jovan Belcher up as some sort of poor victim. Do you realize, he killed his girlfriend? He murdered the woman he didn't marry. Do you guys realize you're talking about a murderer, you are defending and lifting up a murderer."
And all these guys are reacting, "Oh, my God, I didn't know. It wasn't my intention. I'm just a reporter. I'm just trying to cover the football..." It is actually interesting to see because this is what happens. I don't care what the incident, like this subway incident in New York. We got a New York Times story: "After Fatal Subway Shove, Asking: Were There No Heroes?" Matt Lauer on the Today show today was very distressed that not one decent, good New York liberal would make a move to try to save this guy from being shoved in front of the train. Where were the heroes? And so now the photographer's the bad guy here.
"The pictures, which were published in The New York Post, brought wide criticism..." See, what happened in this case, and as the Times writes about it: "The question of the day in New York City on Tuesday -- what would you do? -- rode on a wave of outrage over a harrowing act the day before. A clearly agitated man pushed a 58-year-old stranger onto the track of an oncoming subway train in Midtown Manhattan. The man, Ki-Suck Han of Elmhurst, Queens, was struck and killed. As happens once every few years, riders collectively looked down at the tracks to face a fear peculiar to the subway system. What would you do if you were pushed to the tracks?"
But somebody took a picture of this. A freelance photographer waiting for the train took a picture seconds before the victim was struck. "The pictures, which were published in The New York Post, brought wide criticism and were derided as ghoulish and insensitive. But the pictures’ mere existence started another conversation across the city on Tuesday, summarized by the television weatherman Al Roker, who, on NBC’s 'Today Show,' said: 'Somebody’s taking that picture. Why aren’t they helping this guy up?'" He fell in there and where were the heroes? New York good liberals, why didn't somebody help him out? How could you just stand there and take a picture?
Ask yourselves. You're the journalists. You're the guys who claim you can't get in the way of the news taking place. You're the guys that let this kind of stuff happen and try to hijack it and turn it into a political cause. Except what's the political cause? Nobody wants to ban subway trains because they're deadly, yet. So what's the cause to hijack here? Well, the cause to hijack here is how people don't care. Well, I'm sorry, a lot of these people are still waiting for their Santa Claus gift from Hurricane Sandy.
But seriously, this Jovan Belcher case is a great illustration. I just want to tell you it's an uplifting thing to see all of these readers raking these journalists over the coals for holding this guy up as some sort of sorrowful victim, some poor guy, and praising him for having the presence of mind to go to the stadium and thank the people who gave him his shot. Instead of characterizing him for what he was.