November 4, 2008, - 11:28 pm

Sadness: John McCain Concedes, While Detroit FOX News Affiliate Cuts Away to Video of Obama Supporters’ Gyrations

By Debbie Schlussel
John McCain just finished delivering his concession speech. It’s the classiest, most gracious, most heart-felt concession speeches I’ve ever heard. The guy is a mensch. It was a great speech, well delivered, and sad to hear. If only it was a victory speech.
Also, sad: Detroit’s FOX News affiliate, which is owned and operated by FOX News’ NewsCorp, cut away to scenes of urban Obama supporters doing victory dances and assorted “Soul Train”-style gyrations, while Senator McCain was delivering his concession speech. The audio was the McCain speech, but the video was the Obama hip-hoppers acting like they were in a Diddy video.
Rude, obnoxious, and disgusting on the part of FOX 2 News. Credit that to FOX 2’s classless News Director Dana Kennedy Hahn.
**** UPDATE, 11/05/08: Reader Jim of Rouge Revival writes:

Read your piece this a.m. … and wanted to let you know that I was actually watching the Detroit Fox News Affiliate (Fox 2 Detroit) last night … when they made the executive bone-head decision of the century, to show the “soul train gyration” celebration in Grant Park while John McCain was giving his concession speech. I was appalled as well and followed up this morning with both a phone call to the station, and a certified letter, documenting my disgust AND my choice to now get my local news from Channel 7 Detroit.

26 Responses

Yes, Sen McCain’s speach was exceptional.

zyzzyg on November 4, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Probably the FOX cutaway was market-driven. The Obama supporters are very intolerant of those who disagree with them; they are fickle and impatient with those they disagree with. This is the height of an emotional campaign for them; they see things emotionally, and the station was probably afraid they would lose many viewers permanently if they didn’t look like they were pro-Obama.
I suspected McCain would give a classy concession speech, but I am not sure that this is what I wanted to hear. He’s back to what he always was, the Democats’ favorite Republican. That’s not what we need right now. I think we would have been better served with a speech that outlined something about real policy directions, but of course we won’t get that from McCain or the rest of the Republican hacks.

c f on November 4, 2008 at 11:46 pm

This Obamanation will divide our country as it has not been divided since the early 1960’s. If McCain had been a member of the KKK for twenty years as Obama was a member of Rev G-D America Wright”s Church, would we accept him as President of the United States?
This Obamanation is on George Bush. Me thinks this election is going to result in a disaster of biblical proportions for the United States of America. Keeping this country together over the next four years will be one of the greatest challenges any U.S. President has ever faced. If Obama continues the leadership of arrogance that Bush brought to the highest office in the land, there will be blood in the streets before his term is over. Contrary to what CNN would have you believe, this is a country very much divided. May G help us all.

ParaLyzer on November 4, 2008 at 11:54 pm

I fear for the next four years in this country…freedoms lost, economy trashed, and a surrender to the vilest enemies we’ve ever had to fight.
God is punishing us…and we deserve it. I pray we survive it.

Sharps Rifle on November 5, 2008 at 12:05 am

I’ve never wanted to be wrong so bad as tonight.
Now we’ll see some truly bad societal down turns. More so than we’ve been witness to recently. Rome comes to mind.

samurai on November 5, 2008 at 12:07 am

One word about the whole state of things on this election night—PATHETIC!!
I’m heartily sickened by the state of things. We are in a mess in this country on many fronts.

BB on November 5, 2008 at 1:25 am

We’ll accord Obama the same respect the Democrats gave President Bush. The only thing I disagree with Debbie, is why Republicans have to be gracious losers. You can be sure if the election went the other way around, the Democrats would have gone to the courts, rioted and inflicted great harm on the country. I’m not feeling any love or unity here. I will never get behind a President who doesn’t share my values and who makes common cause with its enemies domestic and foreign. We’re in for a nightmarish four years.

NormanF on November 5, 2008 at 1:32 am

I think the vote went the way it did is because most people feared being accused of “racism.” White guilt is powerful even in the face of one of the most bigoted and callous people on the face of the earth. G-d help our country!

NormanF on November 5, 2008 at 1:36 am

While I voted for McCain, I will be glad to see him go away. He is a loser.
McCain is a compromiser’s compromiser–always ready to forsake principle in order to “cut a deal”–ready to sell out the party in order to appear the wise one, the maverick. I’m sick of McCain and I say–Good fr–cking riddance.
Let’s count the sellout ways for a moment. leading out on illegal alien amnesty (he’ll probably lead on this for Obama next January), selling out the party on principled judges in leading the gang of 14, McCain-Feingold finance reform–a real winner which helped ensure his defeat, voting against extending the Bush tax cuts (though he called for extending them in the election) blah blah blah.
McCain, the heck with your whining speaches–go away you sorry ass loser. You make me sick.

BB on November 5, 2008 at 1:47 am

John McCain stated in his concession speech “I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but…to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences…” Those of us who believe in personal liberties, economic freedom, and fiscal restraint know that this marks the beginning of another “bipartisanship” nightmare.
Don’t be sad for John McCain, for McCain is happy that Joe Biden – who is his co-member in the elitist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – will be the Vice-President and will be the real power behind the throne.

ramjordan on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 am

Why do you guys hate America so much?

No Pasaran! on November 5, 2008 at 4:31 am

Sad, nor surprised-Mccain did not campaign well, did not point out his weaknesses well, etc… the 2010 election will swing conservative if things are bad with obama

mindy1 on November 5, 2008 at 4:58 am

Soon that same dance will be taking place in the White House. Their making it into a music video called “Gyrating with the terrorists” Also on the video will be Obama’s very favorite cut. “Drive the Jews into the sea”.

Juggler on November 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

It is not that America will perish because it has elected Obama today, but America elected Obama today because it has already perished, and we try to cheat each other and avoid to admit this obvious fact. Everything which has its beginning also has its natural end. Soviet Union fell apart. Now it’s time for America. I am very far from enjoy this catastrophy. I came here with my family 19 years ago to start a new life. And I see with my very eyes how this life comes to an end. I am not a Jew, but I – and my family members – started a while ago preparations for possible leaving this country, that already became our home, forever. God cannot save it any more.

Caspar96 on November 5, 2008 at 6:46 am

I am not by the way a man of McCain. I am utterly irritated by his nomination as a candidate. He is stupid (it’s not Senior Moment – it is ALWAYS with him; his brain reached only pretty low development), ignorant; in 22 years in senate he did nothing of any importance; he didn’t learn anything of necessity – neither computer skills, nor foreign languages, nor any other professional skill. Ron Paul was much, far much better. Besides, McCain is a pathological Russophob, and this I will never pardon him for. All this I say to stress my point concerning Obama. What I feel – it is very palpable – is that he will perform a coup d’etat no later than several months after his inauguration. And that is how he will hold this country together. I am not going to sit and wait here for our demise.

Caspar96 on November 5, 2008 at 6:55 am

Heard the “fat lady” sing last nite. Actually, she was singing and dancing… Wonder who will be the first to jump on the Lincoln bed? bill mare[sic] or micheal moore. For the sake of the bed, I hope it’s bill (horny hooker broker hooker upper)as opposed to mike. Whoo wee!!

Roads Skolar on November 5, 2008 at 7:04 am

I sense the dark shadows of the coming times.

Ripper on November 5, 2008 at 7:51 am

What is with that ugly dress that Michelle was wearing last night? I can’t figure it out with the black over the torso of a red dress. I am reminded of a bug costume, the kind that have the dummy arms connected in front of the costume wearer’s torso.
Her dress was RED and BLACK, one daughter wore red, one daughter wore black, and it looks like Obama wore a red tie with his black suit. A lot of people associate red with communism, but when I moved to Miami from MI in the 80’s, I remember once I wore a black skirt and red blouse to work and a Cuban born friend teased me all day that I was wearing the Communist colors. RED and BLACK, was that a message they were sending?
The FOX cutaway doesn’t surprise me. See press release from Accuracy in Media from 2005: “Saudi billionaire Saudi Billionaire Boasts of Manipulating Fox News Coverage”

mennyiben on November 5, 2008 at 7:57 am

quote:”Why do you guys hate America so much?”
Quite the contrary. This resounds so much because I think many here, like me love America deeply. I regar November 4th 2008 as the day that freedom in the USA died- not from a foreign foe, not from the state of the world, but by acclaim of those who love this country so little that they put their singular self interests above its preservation. You have elected a man who associates with terrorists, learned his principles and formulated his world view at the hands of redicals who would destroy this country. A man who has already shown his disregard for the first amendment rights of others in the actions of his supporters. A man who lacks the experience and perhaps the basic concern to protect this great nation from those who would do it harm- not only from without but especially from within.
He was elected by a segment of the population who have had their values corrupted through laziness, handouts, lack of critical thinking and maturity in the young voters, charged up with the cult of personality, but lacking the basic knowledge that past is prologue- never having had to experience hardship that builds character, personal responsibility, or a sense of purpose that transcends self interests alone.
so, in answer to you – Yes, I love America. I cherish its freedoms; its security, its prosperity. I fear that the plebiscite of 2008 has put that in great jeopardy. I only hope that the next four years, if I am right, will provide a lesson to America that it’s forgotten since the late 1970’s, and there is another Ronald Reagan out there waiting in the wings.
So tell me.. why do you hate America so?

Mistress_Dee on November 5, 2008 at 7:59 am

It’s all gone. The chance for a decent energy policy with drilling and mining here in the US to put fuel into the system until the newer “alternative” energy sources can be brought online. Most of our gun rights will be gone. The small gains the US has made in foreign policy, gone. The chance for getting control of our borders, gone. The use of US policy and funds to benefit US interests, rather than being a global, one world welfare program, gone. The concept and idea that character matters in choosing our leaders, gone. The idea that whether you do good or evil in your life determining whether or not you will lead, gone. The US as a “superpower”, not gone yet, but on it’s way out. The chance of the economy having a true recovery, gone. “We” just elected the worst president in US history. (that’s my prediction)We will have a “hip hop” white house, like Detroit had a “hip hop” mayor.
Those of us, just under fifty percent, that voted against Obama and his socialism, need to stay active, stay vocal and start raising hell in order to salvage anything out of this disaster.

Ron Taylor on November 5, 2008 at 8:29 am

Gee, it was great hearing McCain concede with class. Too bad his followers are by and large trash.

ishkabibble on November 5, 2008 at 9:36 am

First of all, I blame the tard Republican party.
I voted for McCain, but he ran a lousy campaign besides being a lousy choice.
I blame George W. Bush for having zero leadership this past year.
I blame the Republicans who always want to shun the conservatives to appeal to the mushy middle.
Wow!, welcome to the Peoples Republic of United States for the next 4 years. Our freedoms are now going to be taken away slowly and gradually. We have allowed the yahoos, the lazy, the stupid take over for the sake of Oprah.
Trying to find some light, maybe after 4 years of this train wreck we’ll see another Ronald Reagan step up.
Things for sure about to change. Here comes the hangover after the big party…..

Jeff_W on November 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

Ditto Jeff W

samurai on November 5, 2008 at 9:49 am

Are we seeing the beginning of the end? or the end of the beginning? GW’s lack of leadership over the past two terms have now come home to roost. Let’s start gearing up now for 2012. And keep your powder dry….it may come in handy.

arejaymack on November 5, 2008 at 10:32 am

Conciliation is the LAST thing patriots need to be thinking. SHAME on McCain for being gracious – it’s a bad habit required by the foolish rules of the Senate. He should have publicly admitted his grief over what has happened to the former USA. The GOP gave it up to the RATs and we now have the USSA – the Untied Socialist States of Amerika.

sbrogden on November 5, 2008 at 12:10 pm

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