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Tim Tebow and Fox News: Bill O'Reilly, Steve Doocy fighting "War on Tebow"?

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'Tis the season for Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News personalities to rail against the alleged "War on Christmas" -- and they're doing so.

But they've also found time to deride the "War on Tebow," tackling questions about Tim Tebow's religiosity with the same fervor they defend any dilution of Jesus's birthday.

These days, more and more conservatives are coming out of the closet to declare their love for No. 15 -- like, for instance, former Secretary of Education William Bennett, who authored an article for CNN entitled "Don't Mock Tim Tebow." But he's a latecomer compared to Fox News, which understood early on that Tebow's faith makes him a natural icon to the network's target audience.

Examples? In January 2010, The O'Reilly Factor's Bill O'Reilly devoted a segment to Tebow's Focus on the Family-sponsored pro-life Super Bowl ad in which he asked one guest, "Are you offended Tim Tebow is alive?" And Sean Hannity hosted Tebow during the Chosen One's promotional tour for the book Through My Eyes, giving the hurler much more worshipful treatment than did heathen Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

In the wake of Tebow's current win streak, however, the Fox News love has escalated -- so much so that it prompted the following from Alabama-based Al.com:

It's so funny to watch the Fox anchors prop up Tim Tebow. They think he's the greatest thing to ever play football. A team plays a football game. It takes an offense and a defense to win the games. The kicker won the game for Denver the other night, not Tim Tebow. He didn't kick the field goal. But Fox doesn't want to acknowledge that because they want to promote Tim Tebow because he's a Christian and he loves God, like everybody else at Fox News. If you dare criticize Tim Tebow about leaving his religion in the locker room, you're a secularist.

He's got a point. This week on the Factor, O'Reilly spent a sizable chunk of his show defending "Tebow's religious displays" and ripping sports attorney Kelly Saindon for daring to suggest that Tebowing might be considered excessive celebration under NFL rules. And on a recent episode of Fox & Friends, anchor Steve Doocy led a debate about whether Tebow should follow the advice of Kurt Warner, a star QB who also wore his faith on his sleeve, and tone down his expressions of love for his Savior.

Granted, "debate" isn't really the right word, since all three panelists, including NFL vet Fran Tarkenton, vigorously defended Tebow's moral displays. In their view, what America needs is more Tebowing, not less.

Look below to see The O'Reilly Factor and Fox & Friends segments; the Tebow conversation in the latter starts at about the 4:30 mark.

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626cwyland
626cwyland

While I noticed you were careful to note the appropriate capitalization due to Jesus, Savior, etc., I also noticed your deviously disguised but obviously felt disdain for O'Reilly, Doocy, Fox News, and conservatives in general. O'Reilly did not "rip" Kelly Saindon. He simply pointed out Tim Tebow's CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT (remember that document?) to give God His due when Tim feels He deserves it. And by the way, Tim Tebow may mean more to America than he will ever mean to NFL. Time will tell.

Don M
Don M

Such a dumb article.

DeWhat?
DeWhat?

Clip 2, Deneen Borelli is clearly a moron and it was apparent when she said "I wish there was more morality in faith in individuals because you know what we would not have had the nightmare that happened at penn state so we need more morality and more faith."   Um, don't the catholics have morality and faith, and don't they have a lot of molestation cases?  As far as tebow goes, who cares.  FoxNews is just trying to fill time and find something to argue about and it's usually religion or politics.  There is a reason I don't watch any 24 hours news network and get all my news online.

HUnow
HUnow

At the core of any remarkable achievement is confidence.  A "centered" confidence that has a foundation deeper than any "failure" is what great performances are made of.  The semantics of that foundation is very individualized.  Tim Tebow uses "Christianity" as his semantic foundation.  It is true for him.  His example is not about Christianity as much as building a life that has a truth greater than the hardships and challenges we encounter.  It is a rare quality but reminds us that the athlete and the sport are, at the most, a reflection of what life is all about. 

Eric
Eric

Would you "remember that document" if it were a Muslim giving Allah his due when he feels he deserves it?

That'll cool your ass off.

To you fox indoctrinated zealots, some body's "CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT" only applies if they're a prosthelytizing christian spouting conservative views.

I wondered who'd be the first o'reilly fueled, tea bagging evangelical "victim", scramblin' up that cross, bangin' in the nails himself.

You won.

In the end, this guy's a like able kid on a breathtaking but unlikely and temporary run that has a whole lot  to do with 46 well coached football players paying attention to detail, practicing and preparing hard, and playing lights out with some dumbfounding luck on their side to go with it.

If this kid throws a pick, it won't be God's fault. He just didn't see the safety coming in over the top.  

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Depicting Tebow as a cure to Penn State-style abuse was definitely a surprise. Thanks for the post, DeWhat.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

It also reminds us that the more controversy, the more jersey sales. Praise the Lord and give me the one that says Jesus.

SlackJawedSportsFan
SlackJawedSportsFan

It also reminds us that the athlete and the sport are, at the least, half-wit grown men acting like children in a pointless endeavor, and getting paid for it.

dchris24
dchris24

Ah....looks like someone's pissed that they weren't blessed with any ability and are envious of the ones that are. If you don't like it, don't watch, fuckwad.

SlackJawedSportsFan
SlackJawedSportsFan

well, well, well...look who was so fired-up insulted he opened a dictionary to go with his macho rhetoric!  You must truly be the master of enjoying athletic competition in the arena of your mom's sofa, bowl of cheetos, remote control, and fantasy league.  Don't forget to wash the face paint before bedtime, great hero of common man.

dchris24
dchris24

Yawn.....You're right, though, we do have a permanent underclass-mainly made up of sanctimonious-but-utterly-devoid-of-talent whiny bitches like you, who, in absence of said ability to compete in any arena of life have to tear those down that do.  Well go on, soldier, keep fighting the man. Perhaps you should organize an Occupy NFL protest to display your utter superiority over those cretins and low-lives that have the audacity to enjoy athletic competition one day a week.  Either way, thanks for finding the time out of your busy day of vegan cooking shows and sustainable urban farming articles to stop by and tell us what a waste of time it is.

SlackJawedSportsFan
SlackJawedSportsFan

Ah...looks like someone acknowledges they are a slack-jawed moron intent on watching a grown man play a game (such "ability"!) while you run high school hero fantasy clips in your head.

I don't watch, fuckwad.  I encourage you to.  We need a permanent underclass.

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