Who’s the bigger weasel: The GOP or ESPN?

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“You tell me the bigger weasel:  GOP or ESPN?” Glenn asked this morning.

While Pat went with the GOP , Stu and Jeff voted ESPN. Here’s why:

Monday night, during the BCS National Championship football game between Alabama and Notre Dame, ESPN announcer Brent Musburger made a few comments over the good looks of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s beauty queen girlfriend.

While McCarron’s comments were neither vulgar or offensive, ESPN felt the need to apologize on his behalf. Even after McCarron’s girlfriend [Katherine Webb] said she was flattered by the statements and an apology was not necessary.

TheBlaze reported on the comments following the football game:

Considering that Monday night’s college national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame was dominated by Alabama, there weren’t many competitive highlights (‘Bama won 42-14). So easily the talk of the night has become the way ESPN announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit fawned over the stunning girlfriend of Alabama’s quarterback AJ McCarron.

“You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women,” Musburger said, directing the comment at Herbstreit who is a former quarterback himself. “What a beautiful woman.”

That’s offensive? Apparently if you’re ESPN they are, who made a statement earlier this week that the comments with “too far.”

What exactly did ESPN expect to happen during a game that was 28 to 0 at the half with Miss Alabama in the stands? You can only talk about Notre Dame’s pathetic attempts to slow Alabama down for so long.

“ESPN is a guy channel,” Glenn said. “I mean, has everyone at ESPN been castrated?”

Astonished by ESPN’s ability to throw someone under the bus for absolutely nothing, Glenn continued: “I mean, who at ESPN is offended by what Brent Musburger said?  I’m not into sports.  I’m the biggest girl among men you’ve ever met.  I’m not offended by this.  I don’t know how ‑‑ I don’t know how you could be offended by this.”

Obviously, had Katherine Webb been offended and taken issue with the comments, it would be at least understandable. But that’s not what happened here. Webb said an apology wasn’t necessary. She was flattered by the comments made about her.

“The game was over at halftime,” Pat pointed out.

When that happens it’s up to the announcers to find something to talk about that keeps people interested in the players and the game.

“You’re talking about grade point averages of the athletes involved.  You’re going into all that kind of stuff.  You got nothing at that point because ‑‑ and you’ve got to keep your viewers.  So they find A. J. McCarron, if you’re not sure what we’re talking about, it’s the BCS championship game on Monday night, Alabama/Notre Dame and so they find AJ McCarron, quarterback of Alabama’s girlfriend in the stadium.”

These are Musbuger’s comments:

MUSBERGER:  When you’re a quarterback at Alabama, you see that lovely lady there?  She does go to Auburn, I’ll bit that, Miss Alabama and that’s A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend and right there on the right is D.D. Bonner.  That’s A.J.’s ‑‑ boy, I tell you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good‑looking women.  That’s ‑‑ what a beautiful woman.

VOICE:  Wow.  A. J.’s doing some things right down in Alabama.

MUSBERGER:  So if you’re a youngster in Alabama, start getting the football out and throwing it around the backyard with pop.

What’s offensive about calling a beauty queen, someone in the limelight because of their good looks, beautiful? Much less, saying that A.J. must being doing something right in his life in order to get a girl like that to go out with him.

“Is there anything wrong with saying that you’ve got to do something right to marry a beautiful woman?” Glenn asked.

Glenn also pointed out the Musburger encouraged kids to out throw the football with their dad’s so they can be a star quarterback like A.J. is one day, and have a shot with a beautiful girl.

“Boy, so I guess what you learn here, if you’re watching and you’re from Alabama, if you’d like to marry or date a beautiful woman, I guess what the lesson to learn here is go out and throw the football with your dad,” Glenn said.

“What a horrible thing to promote!  Father‑and‑son relationships in the backyard, that is horrifying!” Pat joked.

Is ESPN ever going to really cross the line with their fans? It’s hard to imagine that they will given they hold the rights to Monday Night Football and the BCS bowl games. But this attitude the have of rolling over every time one far out organization doesn’t like something on their network it getting ridiculous.

Glenn, who has run into issues with another company under Disney, ABC, explained that the real issue is with ‘the mouse’. He noted how even when Walt was still alive, they were constantly apologizing for his politics — everybody just wanted to be “neutral”.

“The mouse does not care about news. The mouse is a global institution,” Glenn explained. “And if the mouse is hurt, then everything else crumbles and so they fold and bow to the mouse every single time.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I would say BOTH are weasels in their own right.

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    This is like comparing apples to apples no difference in
    stupidity. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Pendlebury/1662070892 Ted Pendlebury

    I think they meant “while Musberger’s comments were neither vulgar or offensive”…

  • http://twitter.com/K2B2Unit Kate

    Typo, paragraph 4

  • primos

    While McCarron’s comments were neither vulgar or offensive, ESPN felt the need to apologize on his behalf. 
    Think you mean Musberger’s comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troy.g.johnson.9 Troy Gailnatenjake Johnson

    Uhhh I feel that every undecided voter needed to know what to think about it, just in case it came up at the water cooler. ESPN helps guide them in the way that would be the least offensive just in case someone was offended. I just think she’s purty!

  • http://www.facebook.com/insaneserenity Dave Silva

    Glen, ESPN is a sports network. Sports reporters are among some of the most hardcore liberals in the history of left wing stupidity.

    And it was over the top. of course, that is espn. over the top stupidity defines espn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.w.hicks.1 Susan Walker Hicks

    Though his comment were neither vulgar of offensive, I though they were unnecessary.  I wanted to watch the football game not listen to the commentators fawn over a woman’s beauty.  If I want to know about his love life I will watch entertainment news not  a sporting event.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdwayne Jeff Wayne

    I am so sick of all of this political correctness. ESPN has no doubt fallen prey to it’s lure. Come on folks, political correctness needs to be outlawed. It is pure stupidity to not call a beautiful woman a beautiful woman. Just as it is stupidity to not call a terrorist a terrorist, a Muslim a Muslim, a dog a dog or a cat a cat. This crap has gotten so far out of hand, and executives heads have gotten so far up their a$$es that I truly believe that there is no longer any hope for this country. Everyone is so eager to jump in and make an apology rather than speak the truth about what’s on their mind. I guess they are just following suit, Obama has been apologizing for our country’s actions since day one in office, and after all, he is a political rock star and rock stars are to be worshiped and emulated.

    And please proof read these articles before final publication. I had the hardest time trying to make sense of it in several areas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawnolsonleas Dawn Olson-Leas

    So I know my comment here doesn’t have anything to do with the story,  but I have to say, it’s difficult to read the story with so many typos!!!!!  At least 4 I saw and I tried to read through it quickly!!!  Come on Glenn, ever heard of proofreading! Oh and as to the story, come on ESPN, just because someone says a beautiful girl is a beautiful girl?!?  Stupid!

  • landofaahs

    Some folks need to get a life and quit trying to be control freak liberals.

  • Anonymous

    She is beautiful.  She might not have been offended by the comments, but other women who don’t have quarterback boyfriends might be.

  • carguy427

    Just think of all the plain women that were offended by Brent’s causing everyone to fixate on a beautiful woman.  Imagine!

  • BlackBeaver

    Gotta go with both!

  • Anonymous

    he was working in an official capacity and was thus directly representing espn.  If they feel the need to apologize b/c their company wasn’t represented in a way that they want to be, especially since espn has had issues with sexual harassment stuff before in house and are thus probably very sensitive to the stigma they still carry in some corners, and felt the need to apologize.  really nothing wrong here.

  • Robert McMillan

    And if so, who really cares….

  • Robert McMillan

    Edward, spoken like a true corporate dweeb…

  • Robert McMillan

    Here’s a question, do you think a woman, whose main focus in life is looking good on a runway, and who gets paid for doing that, and gets judged on her beauty when doing that, is going to be offended if someone calls her beautiful??? Yeah, I can see how that would be an issue…

  • Anonymous

    Of course, ESPN also takes every opportunity to show the collegiate and NFL cheerleaders with their various routines focusing on bouncing cleavage, flashing thighs and extended posteriors.  Glenn is in a similar situation like McCarron.  Should we give our young son’s a microphone to hone their ‘on-the-air’ skills so they can ‘marry-up’ like Glenn.  Those multi-media hosts get to marry the beautiful women and raise a wonderful wholesome family.

  • Anonymous

    I remember when ESPN was cool. 

    Now, it’s just another piece of the self-reverent establishment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1720421104 Cyndi Owen Brooks

    As soon as I heard the comment I knew someone would have to make a big deal out of it.  I am tried of being politically correct and just want to be honest.  Why can’t we just go back to   common sense.  She was beautiful and being a women myself it sounded like a compliment to me, so just exactly what is wrong with that??

  • Anonymous

    Glenn must be REALLY upset about this as he doesn’t know the difference between Musberger and McCarron. Slow down a little, Glenn!

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    The Libs are just mad that someone publicly pointed out that there is a difference between men and women.  They just wish we could all be gender-less.  I’m serious.  This has gotten out of hand.  

  • Anonymous

    God Bless you Alex Jones! Get the real uncontrolled news on Infowars. This is a news story? Infowars the best there is.

  • Guest

    Yesterday morning, Beck hero, Gov. Christie, lambasted the Republicans in Congress over their lack of action for Hurricane Sandy victims. What does Beck cover in his newsletter? Trivial nonsense about Musberger’s sexist comments about the QB’s girlfriend!

    Beck doesn’t even CARE about football, and now he’s all with getting kids involved in this head bashing sport. Say what you will about Mr. Beck, he sure wastes his supporters time with dumb topics.

    BTW, Limbaugh’s remarks were racist.

  • Guest

    Glenn continued: “I’m not into sports.  I’m the biggest girl among men you’ve ever met. ”
    Truer words have never been spoken by Mr. Beck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leigh.ille Leigh Alison

    Glenn you seriously need a new proof reader. I woud love to help you out so please let me know, but don’t put it off because grammar, spelling and context errors (paragraph 4, Musberger said it,  not McCarron) give fodder to the naysayers

  • Anonymous

    To make the comment of a woman’s STUNNING beauty has absolutely NOTHING derogitory in it. To make the comment that “boys become a successful QB and maybe you can get yourself a gal like that is nothing but “incentivizing”. NOTHING derogetory there either.

    On a side note, I’d drink her bath water! :>)

  • Sargonarhes

    The hand basket is now burning and …… is that bacon I smell cooking?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077586738 Fun Fong

    Surely Musburger said more than that to get the maelstrom of withering criticism about him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Moran/1303605849 Frank Moran

    This only points out that we have nothing left to make a comment about in any way shape or form. We as a society are now walking on a broken pane of glass and have become frozen in our verbal tracks out of fear from the PC police. Lets pack up our panties and go home!

  • Anonymous

    i met Brent Musberger at a college game in West Virginia years ago, There is not a more decent genuinely nicer guy. if espn will throw this guy under the bus they would throw Santa under the bus.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DT3ZXTKIYIJFQVWU3SML5557LM AnnW

    The DJs on the radio station I listen to in the mornings said the way Musberger commented came off as creepy to them.  (One DJ is a woman while the other is a man.)  So it could be the ‘creep’ factor, then, that ESPN apologized for….

  • Anonymous

    edwardohare?  R U sure it’s not Edwarda O’Hare?  Either that or your wife ran off with your balls again.  Better go find them.

  • Anonymous

    it’s none of my business how espn wants to handle their image.
    they didn’t take any tangible action but felt the need to apologize, what’s wrong with trying to be considerate and polite?

  • tiredofnigs

    Biggest weasel or biggest wuss. To hell with espn.

  • landofaahs

    It’s only an issue to ugly feminists who are so hideous they could not attract a dog if they tied a pork chop around their neck.  Jealousy is the new green movement.

  • landofaahs

    I agree.  The republican party uses the abortion issue,obamacare, debt and whatever else as an election and campaign donation drive and never do anything about the issues because they need it as anissue. The republican party sold out the evangelicals and many are waking up to it. 

  • http://twitter.com/eclectichorzman Papa Dog

    Well, then, they should stop showing cheerleaders. And pretty women in the stands. Or discussing players’ personal lives. Suggest ESPN keep its cameras trained solely on the field of play, put a bag over the head of any woman cuter than Nancy Pelosi, and have announcers who do nothing but drone on about the 2-point conversion.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/EqUOA6l31OtpPnA290CmUo1TzBfAhdg7Ig--#8e9cb Guest

    I think maybe the point was missed.  The apology may have been for implying that she’s only dating him because he’s the quarterback (making her sound shallow).  Not because she was called beautiful.  The idea put forth was that if you want a beautiful girlfriend you have to be a quarterback.  Not a kind-hearted man, an interesting man, or even have a personality of any kind. Just be a quarterback, because women like her want to date the quarterback.  In any case, why get offended because a company decides to offer an apology for something an employee said? On the list of things in this world to get worked up about…well, this doesn’t even make the list.  A private company has the right to decide how it wants to handle its business. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/anita.costello2 Anita Costello

    Isn’t being beautiful what she does for a living?

  • Anonymous

    the cheerleader comparison doesn’t really work since that’s part of their job description.
    they’re apology means nothing. its as simple as a sports news agency trying to nip any potential controversy before it can start. a bit stupid? yeah, but not worth the big deal anybody is making over it. Absolutely nothing happened to Musberger or Herbstreit.

  • Josie

    I don’t know any woman that would have a problem being called beautiful or having the comments that this commentator made said about her.  This whole thing is bs.  Women spend many bucks on products for the sole reason to become beautiful or the promise to be good looking for the eye.  ESPN is nuts.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, I know you’re not a Libertarian but … as for ESPN firing “Mr. Cornball” … ESPN paid him and did not like what he was saying (knowing that he said it as a ESPN commentator).  You have free speech .. but if your employer feels it reflects badly on them, they can fire you.  They cannot have you jailed, but they can fire you.  That is not anti free-speech.  If someone you employed said something you found offensive … does his free speech prevent you from taking action as an employer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Christensen/100000005327315 Paul Christensen

    Musburger should be fired.  He is a terrible announcer and definitely has no merit.  I will not listen to him and will mute him out.  

  • Anonymous

     Christie is a walking sack of manure. Nice btw. btw. limbaugh’s remarks? that narrows it down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-W-Ruplinger/1138356223 Adam W Ruplinger

    The only issue I have with any of this is the mention about free speech in the headlines of this publication.  No free speech was in jeopardy.  If ESPN does not like what Musberger said, and they censored him, that is their right. We can all disagree with that, as do I, but still it is their right. Now if ESPN was a government organization, that would be different. The 1st amendment for free speech is in regards to government censure, not private organizations. Nothing wrong was done here by either side.  Musberger was not out of line, and neither was ESPN. Alot is being made out of this for what?  For ratings? Hmmm.  What ever works, I suppose.  It got my attention.    

  • Rachel

    I didn’t find either of their comments vulgar or insulting.  For heavensakes…we can’t compliment people on their good looks anymore?  These media hypocrites want to “pretend” that beauty isn’t a big advantage in life? Do you see any ugly women on any of their broadcasts? Shall we disfigure them so the ugly people don’t feel bad? 
    Shall we give lobotomies to the smart people so the dumb people won’t feel bad?  It’s only “FAIR”, right?  Hey…in case no one ever told you…life isn’t fair. Get over it. All this PC crap is getting really OLD.

  • Anonymous

     An apology, in this situation, is not being considerate and polite. Instead, it makes a mockery of considerateness and politeness.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E4ZNMZE3HIW4IMFNHEVTP2MEOE Tony

    Isn’t there a song that says I want to be a football hero, so I can get all the beautiful gals?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHVKLZWJZEERRNC5JTTH4V2AEU Tim

    Woah, Woah, Woah, WOAH!!!! Glen, where have you been? Haven’t you noticed that ESPN is no longer a man’s channel. They quietly replaced the main host of almost every show they have with anchor women,who have never played the game, leading the discussions, directing the discussions, and interrupting REAL players to tell them they have to “move on,” “on to the next topic,” or something non-relevant. Haven’t you noticed that almost EVERY sideline “analyst” is a chick that all they do is repeat what some man told them, or how someone looked “focused” on the way out of the locker room. I love chicks, but it’s sad to see them beyond their depth and  if any man actually listens to their mouth words, ESPN would have some ” ‘xplaining to do!”

  • Anonymous

    Just an observation, but could this be a forced issue from all the “hippy” looking NOW members who WISH they could be beautiful?

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  • Anonymous

    Who even cares.  Everyone is not born beautiful.  Many women
    do things to enhance their looks.  If anyone, and I don’t know who
    really cares, is offended because Ms Webb is beautiful, that’s nuts.

  • http://twitter.com/NoBoah Jim Weeks

    If Brent Musburger owes anyone an aplogy it’s John Carlos and Tommie Smith.  The article written by Brent is really beyond the pale:

     http://www.thenation.com/blog/168209/after-forty-four-years-its-time-brent-musburger-apologized-john-carlos-and-tommie-smith#

  • Anonymous

     I never “like” comments, but that one merited it.

  • mspatdev

    I agree. ESPN should report sports and leave people that came to see the game alone. 

  • Anonymous

    Hey you “pregnant cow” people….somewhere in the ESPN twisted sellout corner of the world you are between “dumb, stupid, & silly.”    I am surprised that ESPN is not promoting 
    female cheerleaders in burkas…espn dirty thought police, go find a worthwhile cause!

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  • landofaahs

    Thank you. As pa used to say, even a blind hog gets an acorn once in a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.giusti.16 Tony Giusti

    Hate to say it the only thing you can say about her is wow she is beautiful and you cant blame him for saying what everyone is thinking. If we are at the point where you cant call a beauty queen gorgous in this country we have real problems. That is are biggest problem as a nation no one can say what the hell they mean or there thinking anymore cause some asshole somewhere might find it offensive. I say to hell with that if other people are so fucking sensitive let them deal with it themselves i am so sick and tired of catering to the fucking minority of people in this country who bitch and moan about everything because they have nothing better to do with there time. More people need to be more blunt and call a spade a spade instead of tip toeing around every subject for these morons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.allen.585 Dan Allen

      When will glenn just suck it up and throw he’s lot in with Alex?

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  • Anonymous

    The men and women at the GOP or ESPN should never lose any sleep.
    Neither of those organizations will ever surpass glenn beck as being the biggest weasel in America!

  • SoThere

    You’re a vulgar liberal idiot. I read that you abandoned your wife and little kid for a boozer girlfriend.
    How hypocritical of you, you moron. You’re just another vulgar little puppet of the left. Hatemonger and an idiot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4HM4IZ5EW62IMGTGR3X747ZCE S. Boulliardi

    Dude jealousy is the new green movement and the green movement is the new communism (as glenn beck has established night to night over the past decade) so we can now posit

    Dude, I totally agree. Jealousy IS the new green movement! AND
    Beck has already established that the GREEN MOVEMENT is the new COMMUNISM.
    THEREFORE, 
    jealousy is the new communism.

    I’m glad we’re all so great at doing knowledge!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4HM4IZ5EW62IMGTGR3X747ZCE S. Boulliardi

    your PA was a smart guy. i bet we should all live his life by what he said and enshrine it in a constitution….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4HM4IZ5EW62IMGTGR3X747ZCE S. Boulliardi

    Thank you very much for being sensible, sir.

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  • Anonymous

    Republicans have no problem marrying attractive women. And when they get sick or old, they have no problem trading them in for a younger, more attractive woman. That’s the Republican idea of traditional marriage.

  • crazy betty

    what a bunch of homos.

  • crazy betty

    you sound like you have not only no hair on your balls, but no balls at all.  stop it.

  • crazy betty

    more like edward nohair.

  • Robert Lee Benet

    ESPN crying about everything sometimes makes me switch to fox sports net.