CBS News Changes Headline for Report on Beto O’Rourke Defending Protesting NFL Players After Criticism


CBS News covered comments from Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke with a headline incorrectly framing the NFL protests he was talking about.

O’Rourke––running against incumbent Ted Cruz––was asked recently about his position on players kneeling during the anthem and not only did he defend them, he said, “I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights anytime, anywhere, any place.”

Cruz responded by saying this won’t fly in Texas:

CBS News’ report itself refers to O’Rourke defending players “who kneel during the national anthem,” but the headline frames the players’ actions as protesting the anthem:

And the network got quite a bit of critical feedback for that:

After the online blowback this morning, the headline on the CBS News article was changed to say “Beto O’Rourke says ‘nothing more American’ than to stand up or take a knee for your rights.”

The report also now contains this editor’s note:

Editor’s Note: The headline of this story has been changed to more wholly reflect O’Rourke’s remarks and correct a previous headline that stated O’Rourke said there was “nothing more American” than NFL players protesting the national anthem. Players who kneel during the national anthem are protesting police brutality and racial inequality.

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