HLN blurs out t-shirt of good Samaritan who rescued infant from hot car, but what did it say?

HLN blurs out t-shirt of good Samaritan who rescued infant from hot car, but what did it say?
Image: HLN video screen grab via The Washington Free Beacon

The message on the man’s t-shirt must have been something obscene in order for a cable network to pixellate it when the wearer came on-screen for an interview. And to some people the message is obscene.

First, the heroic back story from New York’s Daily News on Wednesday:

Two people teamed up to rescue a baby from a hot car at a New Jersey shopping center on Monday — with the help of a sledgehammer.

Steve Eckel, 53, and 30-year-old Sara Mazzone saw the 4-month-old girl struggling inside a locked vehicle, with temperatures in the high 80s.

[…]

Eckel, a retired sergeant with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, had recently arrived at the Howell shopping center to purchase some new shirts at Kohl’s. He needed the shirts for a new job as a security officer in the school system.

Now back to your headline piece. Eckel was asked to sit for a interview by HLN. He agreed, and for the occasion, donned a t-shirt reading “2016 Trump for President.” And the network dutifully blurred out the sentiment.

trump shirt
Now you see it… (Image: HLN video screen grab via The Washington Free Beacon)

David Rutz of The Washington Free Beacon writes that a s spokeswoman for the network explained that the censorship was a mistake.

It always is.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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