Bozell Letter to Al Gore Concerning Comments Made by Current TV's Bill Press
June 13, 2012
The Honorable Al Gore
Mr. Joel Hyatt
Chief Executive Officer
Dear Mr. Gore:
The Star-Spangled Banner evokes feelings of pride and patriotism in most Americans. But not in Bill Press, who slurred our National Anthem as an â€śabomination.â€ť
The Current TV host hates the National Anthem so much that he is â€śembarrassedâ€ť every time he hears it.
As a former Vice President and Bill Pressâ€™s current employer, I havenâ€™t read or heard where you have condemned Bill Press for his hateful, offensive and unpatriotic slurring of The Star-Spangled Banner.
As a left-wing elitist uncomfortable with the idea of American exceptionalism, Bill Press finds the notion that America is the home of the brave â€śstupid.â€ť
Mr. Press is equally disgusted by the â€śmilitary jargonâ€ť that pervades the defining patriotic song of the nation. Apparently, your employee is dismissing the fact that Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The so-called military jargon Bill Press finds so deplorable is an ode to American patriots fighting and dying to save our young republic; it is indispensable to the Anthem.
Mr. Gore, Bill Pressâ€™s comments were outside the realm of civil discourse. I call on you to promptly condemn and repudiate his vicious slurring of our beloved National Anthem.
Failure to do so would signal tacit endorsement of Bill Pressâ€™s comments.
I look forward to your statement. As soon as we get your reply, we will post it on our site.
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President