Image from the controversial GoDaddy “Journey Home” Super Bowl commercial
When is a puppy mill not a puppy mill, but a legitimate breeder? Ask Fox News’ Sean Hannity. He called that distinction into question when he was discussing the web hosting service GoDaddy “Journey Home” ad that was recently pulled.
The commercial originally scheduled to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl, showed a Golden Retriever puppy named Buddy being thrown from the bed of a pick-up truck as it drives along a bumpy country road. Buddy is then shown running a long way home, through rain, over railroad tracks and crossing a busy highway. When Buddy gets home his owner picks him up and says, “I’m so glad you made it home, because I just sold you with this website I built with GoDaddy.”
The GoDaddy ad received quick condemnation from animal protection groups like SPCA and social media outrage, according to NPR. As a result GoDaddy pulled “Journey Home” from the Sunday Super Bowl ad lineup.
Last night Mr. Hannity was discussing the outrage over the GoDaddy commercial, which he personally thought was funny. When his guest, Dagen McDowell (who rescues dogs) said the commercial encouraged the use of puppy mills,” Sean Hannity responded, “So what?”
In case Mr. Hannity, who owns a Bernese named Gracie, is unaware, puppy mills, especially online ones, are the bane of legitimate breeders throughout the country.
Hannity’s comments only added to current social media ire over the spot, but this is not the first time the Fox host has been on the wrong side of an issue.
Last April, Hannity threw his support behind Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who claimed he was being unfairly treated by the federal government because he had not paid his grazing fees.
Sean Hannity had to do a quick about face, according to the Washington Post, when Mr. Bundy was caught by a New York Times reporter pontificating about African-Americans, “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?”
Then just recently Sean Hannity continuously referred to the so-called “no-go zones” in Paris. After the Jan. 7 Charlie Hebdo attack, Sean Hannity and Fox News repeatedly stoked the idea that the Muslim community in Paris had taken over parts of the city, having their own courts and law enforcement. There was no objective evidence this was true, and Fox News had to do an all-day mea culpa (albeit on a Saturday, when viewership was lower) apologizing for the misreporting.
Hannity’s ratings have been declining in recent years, and his show was moved from the coveted 9 p.m. prime time spot to the less visible 10 p.m. slot, between The Kelly File and the second daily broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor.
An email sent to a Fox News media representative requesting comment was not answered. And although GoDaddy decided to not run the “Journey Home” ad, Fox News is still showing the ad on their website.
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