Is CBS... racist? After spending a week promoting the far-left boycott of Georgia, as well as lobbying for companies to join it, CBS This Morning on Thursday dropped everything to run nearly seven minutes of coverage of the opening ceremonies of The Masters golf tournament (located in Augusta, Georgia). Apparently paying the bills for network is a higher priority for the hypocritical journalists. Or, according to CBS's own standards… could the network just afraid to oppose bigotry?
Co-host Gayle King used the 8 AM hour to promote The Masters on CBS and still push the boycott: “[The tournament] begins under a cloud of controversy over Georgia’s restrictive new voting law as we’ve been telling you about all week now. Major League Baseball moved the all-star game out of Atlanta last week in response to the measure. ViacomCBS, that’s us, is one of many companies publicly opposing the voting law.”
It’s not a shock that CBS This Morning’s parent company is officially opposing the law. The show’s journalists have been doing it on-air. On March 31, King repeatedly pushed African American CEOs to join the boycott.
Talking to a former CEO of Xerox, she demanded, “Ursula Burns, there was no call for a boycott even though other people are calling for boycotts. Why was the decision not to go that far?” After reading a quote from a full page ad appearing in The New York Times, King underlined, “But they do not call for an outright boycott of the state.”
Last Saturday, CBS “News” was forced to delete a tweet advocating how companies can oppose Georgia Republicans.
Still though, the cross-promotion must continue. King on Thursday cheered, “CBS Sports will broadcast The Masters as it's done for more than 60 years." "That history there,” she marveled. The morning show then played introductory ceremonies of The Masters for 6 minutes and 34 seconds. CBS can’t even live up to its own far-left standards.
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CBS This Morning
8:14 AM ET
GAYLE KING: [Masters theme plays.] You recognize that music? The 85 Augusta Masters tournament is under way in Georgia.
TONY DOKOUPIL: Beautiful. Beautiful.
KING: It begins under a cloud of controversy over Georgia’s restrictive new voting law as we’ve been telling you about all week now. Major League Baseball moved the all-star game out of Atlanta last week in response to the measure. ViacomCBS, that’s us, is one of many companies publicly opposing the voting law. CBS Sports will broadcast the masters as it's done for more than 60 years. That history there. This year the masters is honoring 86-year-old Lee Elder. That's a good thing. In 1975, Elder became the first black man to compete in the tournament. That was a monumental moment for the sport. Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Fred Ridley officially began the tournament morning along with golf great Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Elder, at the honorary starter ceremony.
DOKOUPIL: There’s so much iconic about that the ---
[Cuts to the opening ceremonies of The Masters.]