Dale Hansen: Michael Sam commentary ‘wasn’t a brave thing’

Dallas Morning News

Dale Hansen made the trip Thursday from Dallas to Los Angeles for an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. Amanda Wilkins wrote Friday in The Dallas Morning News about the episode.

Hansen, a sports broadcaster for WFAA TV in Dallas-Forth Worth, spoke with Poynter Thursday after landing in L.A. His commentary supporting college football player Michael Sam, who came out publicly, aired on Monday.

“It wasn’t a brave thing, it wasn’t a great thing that I did,” Hansen told DeGeneres. “The brave thing and the great thing is what Michael Sam did.”

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  • billmarvel

    Some of this is due to changing demographics. A whole lot due to an influx of outsiders, not all of whom landed in the suburbs.
    I do have big reservations about the use of “conservative” to describe what is assumed to be the political culture of Texas. While it’s certainly not “liberal” neither is it truly “conservative” in any historical sense. i understand what you mean, Floore, but these two words really confuse the political landscape and prevent us from seeing what’s really going on. American voters may mistakenly describe themselves as “conservative” or “liberal.” Most are neither in any considered or consistent way. Philosophically, if anything we are intensely pragmatic. We vote by issue, not doctrine, dogma, or theory. It is the pundits and political junkies of the left and the right who skew the argument.

  • JTFloore

    I made the “conservative political culture” reference in the context of a fascinating book I am reading, “Dallas 1963.” yes, doubtless the demographics within the dallas city limits have changed since then because of the growth of suburbs and probably white flight, too. what’s startling about this book is that the right wingers — particularly in dallas — were saying EXACTLY the same kinds of things about JFK as they do now about Obama. back then, the radical rightists were overwhelmingly the dallas establishment/power structure. presumably, as you suggest, that has moderated some.

  • billmarvel

    The “conservative culture” of Dallas isn’t all that conservative. The city itself, unlike its suburban neighbors, tends to vote Democrat.

  • JTFloore

    courageous or not, he speaks for millions. we will like back 50 years from now — as we do today with the civil-rights era — and wonder: what was the big deal?