Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Support the sportswriter the Denver Post fired

On a weekend honoring Americans who died in wars defending our freedoms and liberty, the Denver Post fired a sportswriter over a tweet.

Instead of condemning him, journalists should stand by his right to free speech -- especially if they did not like what he wrote.

The firing shows an ignorance of history, of freedom, and of history that is all too common among the Social Justice Warriors who pose as journalists these days.

Takuma Sato of Japan won the Indianapolis 500, which has been part of the Memorial Day weekend for over a century.

Denver Post sportswriter Terry Frei wrote, "Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend."

Frei is a talented writer, who earned presidential praise for his writing. Frei wrote a book about America before World War II -- which for the edification of the management of the Denver Post is the war in which we fought Imperial Japan.

But virtue signalers arbitrarily declared his tweet "racist," and management caved in to public pressure from people who were neither advertisers nor subscribers.

Nothing in the tweet was racist. Frei did not write anything bad about the Japanese. All he said was that he was uncomfortable with a driver from a country that we had been at war with in World War II winning an event that is so associated with a weekend honoring our war dead.

Being uncomfortable should not be a crime in America.

Expressing that discomfort should not be a fireable offense in an organization built on free speech.

His book March 1939: Before the Madness received good reviews, according to Frei's web site for the book.

He chronicled the University of Oregon's basketball team's surprising success in the NCAA tournament.

Bill Clinton praised Frei's book on a game between Texas and Arkansas:
"The game and its cultural contexts have been beautifully chronicled by Terry Frei in his book Horns, Hogs and Nixon Coming."
I am not defending what he tweeted or condemning it either.

But I am defending his right to do so without losing his livelihood.

However, if the Denver Post's reputation is so fragile that a mere tweet destroyed it, then Frei is better off not working for such people.

Frei's apology was not accepted by the anti-freedom mob. They want pelts, not liberty.

He wrote:
I fouled up. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said what I said when I said it. I should have known better and I regret it. I in no way meant to represent my employer and I apologized to The Denver Post.
On Sunday, I was going down to Fort Logan National Cemetery to place flowers on the grave of and to salute my father, Jerry Frei, who spent the four-year gap between his sophomore and junior seasons at Wisconsin flying the F-5 unarmed version of the one-man P-38 fighter plane in the 26th Photo Squadron. (And I did make that visit.) He flew alone, or with a partner in a second plane, over Japanese targets in advance of the bombing runs. When Blake Olson of Channel 9 asked him about being unarmed, he laughed and said, 'I had a pistol.' He flew 67 missions, crossing the 300 combat hours threshold, and earned the World War II Air Medal three times. I have written much other material about American athletes in World War II. I researched and wrote quite graphically about the deaths of my father's teammates, Dave Schreiner and Bob Baumann, in the Battle of Okinawa. I have the picture wallet containing photos of his family and girlfriend that Schreiner was carrying when he was killed. That is part of my perspective.
I am sorry, I made a mistake, and I understand 72 years have passed since the end of World War II and I do regret people with whom I probably am very closely aligned with politically and philosophically have been so offended. To those people, I apologize. (In fact, the assumptions about my political leanings have been quite inaccurate.) I apologize to Takuma Sato. I made a stupid reference, during an emotional weekend, to one of the nations that we fought in World War II - and, in this case, the specific one my father fought against. Again, I will say I'm sorry, I know better, and I'm angry at myself because there was no constructive purpose in saying it and I should not have said it, especially because The Denver Post has been dragged into this.
I just wrote and asked him how to buy an autographed copy of the book Clinton praised.

Sportswriter Frank DeFord died this weekend at 79. How many who praised DeFord stand by Terry Frei?




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15 comments:

  1. I can answer your last paragraph, Don. Not any. Not bloody any.
    -Fred

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  2. He apologized which is more than enough.
    When I lived in my mother's home state of Colorado in the 60s Denver was a patriotic Cow Town and the Post mostly right of center. The most powerful lobby in the state was the Cattleman's Association.
    I knew people who had fought in the Pacific including 2 of my own uncles. The war there was brutal and difficult. But, For it and for their routinely savage conduct in it's prosecution, as far as I know, the Japanese never apologized. Growing up with people who were in combat made the war more real and important to me than my friends who hardly knew it had happened. Obviously the reporter was drawn into these feelings​, even though he should have kept their impact to himself, something between him and his exceptional father. The guy who won at Indy was probably 2 generations removed from the people his father fought. He is guiltless. Also he was just lucky. The other Honda cars blew up and failed just as they do with some regularity in Formula 1, and, although​ very brave, he was far from the best driver, who may have been the Spainiard Alonso, also done in by Honda. Indy is an international event and has been for decades.
    Colorado is now a PC political dump. It's governor is an environmentalist anti drilling kook and a gun hater. In Aspen, the last time I was there some years ago, Fox News had been removed from all hotel cable services and the Denver Post had evolved into a copy cat NYT. All this from a migration of California liberals who had lost their jobs due to left wing economic policy in their home state.
    Too bad the guy was fired, he really is not a racist, just sincere. Sincerity is sin in libland, hypocrisy virtue.
    Pmd

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    1. "The guy who won at Indy was probably 2 generations removed from the people his father fought. He is guiltless."

      True. But according to the Little Red Book of SJWs, all white Americans carry with them the guilt of slavery, the sins of their fathers (who,statistically speaking, most likely were living in Europe in the mid 1800s during America's Civil War). So, in SJW bizarro world, it's OK to smear whites with the stain of slavery a century and a half after a bloody war was fought to end it, but not to treat the children and grand-children of the Japanese military who committed horrible war crimes with equal contempt. Don't misunderstand me: I think it's borderline irrational to hold a grudge after more than 70 years, but when it comes to irrationality and hypocrisy, no one outdoes the Liberals.

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    2. Original sin is a Christian concept I think but it is useful for the liberals too.. But to your point today's Democrats are really Communists at heart in the old Bolshevik sense of ideology as purity in itself. Anyone not a Bolshevik( Leninist, Stalinist,Maoist, Potist, etc) is a mortal enemy, period. If you do not conform, you should be shot since deviants weaken the will to rule the right way, the party way. That is why he was fired. He showed deviancy. Many Post readers would have preferred the Bolshevik method of " liquidation", as Stalin like to joke and the Post needed to show it's bona fides to them and it's fellow travelers in the liberal media. Or so I think.

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    3. Iapetus, I am a somewhat white Polish Jew whose first family members to arrive were drafted into the Army which freed those slaves. Dosn't matter, I'm guilty in Socialist Just-a Whore Land.

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  3. He did nothing wrong by stating his personal feelings on his personal Twitter, and owes apologies to exactly nobody. This isn't difficult, Internet.

    Freedom of speech, if it means anything at all, also means encountering things you don't like or agree with. And get this - it'll be OK. Really.

    Remember when the ACLU defended some Nazi clowns who wanted to march through Skokie Ill (a majority Jewish suburb of Chicago) back in 1980 or so? As ugly and distasteful as that was, it was an essential defense of free speech, and it was the right call. They marched, nothing happened, and the world continued to spin on its axis.

    Mob action is MUCH more damaging to us as a nation than whatever opinion drives the mob in the first place, and it's not even close.

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    1. Not so fast there, that march created one of the best scenes from Blues Brothers, the Nazi marchers on the bridge.

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  4. Looks like the Denver Compost is striving to be as insanely liberal as the Washington Compost. So much for the Old West.

    Hope he writes back, Big D - if so, let him know we got his back in DubVee.

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  5. Just like Juan Williams being fired by NPR for expressing nerviness of Arabs in cultural dress on an airplane. Now the Antifa Fascists are saying they are going after San Huston's memorial in Huston, TX. As with the March 17,2007 Gathering of Eagles to protect the memorials because of threats, these Fascists may just get the butts kick for the effort.

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  6. " and management caved in to public pressure"

    So they're getting a lot more paranoid in Denver these days.

    Can't think why.

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  7. I read a blog by a guy near me who didn't feel right seeing Sato waving a Japanese flag after winning. 72 years is just not quite long enough away.

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  8. He made a big mistake by apologizing. Never, ever apologize to SJWs! GOC

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  9. The Post (all of 'em) have hated America for decades. Still do!

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