One-sided story on Kaepernick raises questions about Channel One News.

August 31, 2017

Channel One News demeans Civil Rights icon, tells students Kaepernick may be a modern day Rosa Parks.

Kids told multi-millionaire Kaepernick is a helpless victim of corporations.

Chilling transformation underway at Channel One News: More slanted news, more editorializing.

From Jim Metrock:  Channel One’s lovefest for Colin Kaepernick is disgusting. This follows Channel One’s bizarre effort in May to force the cultural rot of Teen Vogue  (1) down the throats of middle school children.

Welcome to the more slanted, edgier, agenda-driven, radical version of Channel One News for 2017-18.

On August 25, students watched a Channel One story on how Colin Kaepernick has become an innocent victim simply by exercising his freedom of speech. Channel One’s producers intentionally included a statement saying unnamed “fans” think Kaepernick is like Rosa Parks.  That’s pretty insulting to the memory of Rosa Parks.  How much bravery did it take for this extremely wealthy athlete to kneel during the National Anthem?  Was it the same type of bravery that Ms. Parks needed to defy the white power structure in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955?

Both Mr. Kaepernick and Ms. Parks lost their jobs after their protests. In 2016, Kaepernick had a base pay of $11.9 million, plus he received a $2.4 million signing bonus, plus a $1.1 roster bonus, plus a $400,000 workout bonus. Rosa Parks lost her seamstress job.  How, Channel One, can you imply these two people are alike?

If your school still has Channel One News in your classrooms, demand that it be turned off.  Save that HOUR a WEEK of Channel One TV watching and add that time to academic courses.


From the August 25, 2017, transcript of Channel One [my comments in red]:

Okay, next up, there is also a storm brewing in the NFL as many players continue kneeling [“many”?: 14 players have knelt in protest, 23 total in any form, out of 1,696 total NFL players. A “few” or “some” would have been more appropriate.] during the national anthem to protest social injustices. But, Arielle, this type of protest isn’t anything new, right?

Arielle: Not at all, Keith. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was one of the first to be publicized for doing this, and now some people are playing defense on his behalf. Take a look. 

This week, hundreds of people rallied outside of the NFL headquarters in New York to show their support for Colin Kaepernick. 

Woman: We believe Colin Kaepernick deserves a job!

Arielle: The former San Francisco 49er led his team to the Super Bowl in 2013 but now can’t seem to land a job after his high-profile sideline protest last season. The 29-year-old said he knelt during the national anthem to call attention to racial inequality and police brutality.

Colin Kaepernick: We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, aren’t given equal opportunities. 

Arielle: And though other NFL players have done the same thing, including some white players, protestors say Kaepernick is the one being punished.

Kamaal Bittle: Because he exercised his constitutional right, now they’re penalizing him. We all know that.

Arielle: At the rally fans compared Colin Kaepernick to civil rights heroes like Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali. 

Representative Gregory Meeks: We are not going to let history repeat itself. We have got to make sure the modern-day Muhammad Ali, Colin Kaepernick, we surround and support him.

William C. Rhoden: It’s so clear too, I think, everybody that he is being blackballed or blacklisted or banned.

Arielle: Bill Rhoden, writer-at-large at ESPN’s The Undefeated, thinks team owners are worried about a fan backlash if they sign Kaepernick.

Rhoden: NFL owners have decided out of a sense of fear that we are not going to allow this person to even compete for a job.

Arielle: Commissioner Roger Goodell has repeatedly denied the allegation that the football player’s political protest is keeping him off NFL rosters.

Roger Goodell: Our clubs make independent evaluations of players. If they think a player can help them improve their team, they’re going to do that.

Arielle: But many [“many”? This is Channel One editorializing.] don’t see it that way, especially when, in the past, players who were accused of violent crimes still got to play. 

Rhoden: Somebody who made a nonviolent gesture, a nonviolent gesture — just a gesture — will probably not have a job.

Arielle: Arielle Hixson, Channel One News.

Keith: There are some other well-qualified quarterbacks currently out of a job in the NFL, so it is kind of tough to know whether or not it is because of his on-field performance or his protest that is keeping him off the field. [This is added as an afterthought probably when they realized how bias their story appeared. They could have interviewed a sports reporter who believed Kaepernick has put his own interests over his team’s, and that few teams like an ego-driven distraction in their locker rooms.  A reporter could have mentioned that Kaepernick’s talent has faded. All these things have been mentioned in legitimate news stories about this unemployed quarterback. But, no, Channel One was committed to telling basically one side of this story.]


From Channel One News transcript August 30, 2016:

You may have heard the controversy over a pro football player who chose to sit rather than stand during the playing of a national anthem before a game. Even after backlash, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he is sticking to his decision, saying he will protest until he sees changes to race relations in the U.S.

Kaepernick chose to sit during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the 49ers’ preseason game Friday night. He said, “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there is significant change, and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing the people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Critics are calling the move “un-American,” saying it is disrespectful to our country not to stand during the national anthem. But Kaepernick’s supporters say it is exactly what America represents because he is exercising his right to freedom of speech.

Now, we want to hear from you: do you think it is disrespectful not to stand during the national anthem? Head to to weigh in, or send us a video message to


Yes, you got that right.  Channel One News is a values-neutral entity.  Nothing is right, nothing is wrong. No action is bad or good. It is only bad if YOU think it is bad. Honoring the national anthem can go either way according to these kiddie marketers at Channel One. Polls like this send a very strong message to impressionable children. Morality, patriotism, integrity, are all defined by how you are feeling on any particular day.  Remember when Channel One News asked middle school kids if abortion was a good thing or a bad thing?



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