Gay rights activists and some members of the national media delivered scathing attacks on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, calling for homosexual activists to “infiltrate” and bully the family-owned company until they renounce their support of traditional marriage.
Hundreds of thousands of people waited in long lines at Chick-fil-A restaurants from Paramus, New Jersey to Roseville, Calif. to show their support for the Atlanta-based company – under intense criticism after the owner announced they supported traditional marriage.
There were some counter-protests at restaurants across the nation. Most were peaceful – with reports of Chick-fil-A employees offering free water and food to protesters. However, there were some incidents of criminal activity.
A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Martinsburg, West Va. Was evacuated after someone called in a bomb threat. The threat was later deemed a hoax. In Greenville, South Carolina, a man was arrested after he blocked the drive-thru of a Chick-fil-A with his vehicle.
Another protester posted video of him berating a young female cashier at an undisclosed restaurant. The video was posted on The Gateway Pundit website.
“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here,” he told the young lady. “I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.”
The man, identified as Adam Smith, said he wanted his “free water” – saying that he “felt purposeful” insulting the worker.
“Anti-gay breakfast sandwich,” the man said. “Always tastes better when it’s full of hate.”
The young cashier replied, “It’s my pleasure to serve you.”
But the greatest outrage came from media coverage of the event.
Dan Gainor, with the Media Research Center, said he was especially disturbed that CBS ignored the story altogether.
“What’s truly amazing is when you have hundreds of thousands of people turn out for something and one of the big three broadcast networks doesn’t even acknowledge it on air,” Gainor told Fox News. “That’s worse than almost any of the awful things the leftwing groups have thrown at Chick-fil-A.”
Gainor said ABC and NBC covered the story but emphasized the small protest groups – instead of the pro-Chick-fil-A supporters.
“The left thought they could bully an American company and they discovered that the vast majority of Americans were willing to take extra time out of their day, embrace a long line and celebrate a company that shares their values – and supports free speech as well,” he said.”It got out there in spite of the mainstream media not being willing to talk about it much.”
But the media outlets that did cover the protest – took a very different approach to the story:
Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn urged homosexuals to “infiltrate” the privately owned company.
“Make the restaurants gay hangouts of the community,” she wrote. “Gays and lesbians could start applying for jobs at Chick-fil-A. Get in there. Become managers, take over the places.”
MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart urged protesters to bully the restaurant chain.
“Find out who is affiliated with Chick-fil-A in any way and put pressure on those folks,” he said.
“Such a brave stand…eating a g**damn sandwich,” he wrote.
“I have never felt so alien in my own country as I did today while covering the restaurant’s supporters,” he wrote. “The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad.”
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Gainor told Fox News it’s no surprise that members of the national media are siding with opponents of Chick-fil-A.
“They are 99 percent pro-gay agenda,” he said. “These are the people that populate the media universe.”
MSNBC host Thomas Roberts said any gay marriage supporter who eats at the restaurant is a “Chicken-eating Judas.”
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ridiculed the family-owned company.
“Wow, open your eyes owner of Chick-fil-A,” he said. “You are being such an asshole that even Boston won’t tolerate you.”
A columnist for the Los Angeles Times opined, “Shut up and fry” while CBS reporter Dean Reynolds reported that Chick-fil-A was serving up “a side order of bigotry.”
“The amount of stuff columnists have said – you reach a certain point where you can’t tell the leftwing media from the mainstream media,” Gainor said.