Facebook Blocks Fox News Reporter Starnes Over ‘Politically Incorrect’ Gun Post

Todd Starnes of Fox News reports that Facebook blocked his postings because he posted support for the National Rifle Association (NRA), Paula Deen, Chick-Fil-A, and Jesus on his page.

The blocked comment was a snarky commentary on several news stories. It ended up eliciting hundreds of replies and likes before Facebook deleted it leaving a warning message.

In place of Starnes’ page, Facebook posted a message that read, “We removed something you Posted, We removed this from Facebook because it violates our community standards.

“I’m about as politically incorrect as you can get,” read Starnes’ Facebook entry before it was deleted. “I’m wearing an NRA ball cap, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, reading a Paula Deen cookbook and sipping a 20-ounce sweet tea while sitting in my Cracker Barrel rocking chair with the Gather Vocal Band singing ‘Jesus Saves’ on the stereo and a Gideon’s Bible in my pocket. Yessir, I’m politically incorrect and happy as a june bug.”

Facebook has since admitted that it was a “mistake” for blocking Starnes’ Facebook page and has re-instated his access and posting privileges.

Facebook sent Starnes a message explaining its actions.

“As our team processes hundreds of thousands of reports each week, we occasionally make a mistake. In this case, we mistakenly removed content from the Todd Starnes Page, and worked to rectify the mistake as soon as we were notified. We apologize for the inconvenience caused due to the removal of this content, and we have already taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future. Additionally, we have removed any blocks on associated accounts.”

Starnes is a well-known Fox News radio commentator and has a popular Facebook page, but was for a time blocked from access to it.

When the incident occurred, Starnes took to Twitter to voice his frustration. “I’m really perplexed,” Starnes said. “Does Facebook have a bigger problem with Jesus or plump juicy chicken breasts?”

Despite its vaunted “community standards” As a Fox News report notes, Facebook has such active, unmolested pages as:
“F*** Conservatives”
“F*** Mitt Romney”
“Tea Party Can Kiss My A**”
“Rush Limbaugh is an Abject A******”

Starnes has been on the receiving end of malicious liberal Internet complainers before. Last year his book, Dispatches From Bitter America – Culture War Stores From a Gun-Toting, Chicken-Eating, Son-of-a-Baptist, was briefly suspended for sale on Amazon.com when liberals flooded that on-line book seller with complaints. Amazon never did respond to questions on the incident but did re-instate sales of the book.

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  • jim_m

    It’s just the left pushing to see how far they can go. They push until they get resistance and then back off. They will recommence pushing somewhere else immediately. They will never stop until they have deprived us of all rights.

  • kazzer66

    Yet, they’re ok with a page called ‘Riot for Trayvon’!

  • kazzer66

    Yet, they’re ok with a page called ‘Riot for Trayvon’!

  • GarandFan

    The ‘politically correct’ idiots hired by these web sites don’t bother to “investigate” anything………..they just respond………like Pavlov’s dogs.

    There was a hilarious running description on Ebay; the guy was selling a DUMMY CARTRIDGE. Well PC Ebay doesn’t allow ammunition to be sold. So the seller went on for 3 pages describing that what he was selling was a DUMMY cartridge. It was not only “inert”, it never had been “ert” in it’s entire life. Nor could anyone make it “ert”.

    The ad got thousands of hits simply because people wanted to read his description so that Ebay’s PC censors wouldn’t pull his auction.

    • Wina Beel

      The DUMMY cartridge thing made my day! :))
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  • Oysteria

    This is why I don’t do Facebook, Twitter, etc. The gang mentality is pervasive. We’ve seen it here too. Someone popular sends out a message and all their little Myrmidons jump to action. I can imagine the same person outside the cyber realm pointing the finger at someone they don’t like and that poor soul, having done nothing but voice an opinion, would be physically mobbed by all his/her disciples.

    I certainly hope that those who send fake complaints also get a warning, but I’m not counting on it.

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