So I have been in Arlington Texas since last Friday on assignment for work. I picked Hawthorn Suites for a hotel because it seemed like a decent place in a good location at a good price. And oh by the way, there is the much coveted complimentary breakfast offered to all the guests.. mmm. Can you say scrambled eggs, sausage patties, toast, and OJ for free? I'm in dude!
Except for one minor detail. At the Hawthorn Suites Arlington Hotel, your breakfast comes with a side order of Fox News AM blasting on the TV in the breakfast room, every fucking day. For those of you unfamiliar with Fox News at 6:00 AM, it is pretty much the TV version of the comments section at Free Republic. One story after another of how Obama is Hitler.. No, strike that, it's worse than that, he is actually Satan.. And by the way, so is Diane Feinstein. and so is that liberal unionized teacher from the Blue State up north, and hey there, did you see how AWESOME Sarah Palin was at CPAC! Boy she really gave it to Satan er.... Hitler er .. Obama!
So me being the non-morning person who also happens to be an ex-Republican who has already had it up to here with the Fox News propaganda salad shooter, I ate my breakfast in peace shaking my head at the bold willful ignorance on display in HD. So I stop at the lobby on the way out and ask them if they really need to show politics at breakfast, like can't you guys put on ESPN or the History Channel? I really just want to eat breakfast without the political BS. The guy says oh sure! I'll take care of that!
So the next day, its the same thing at breakfast. Texas zombies all in a room not speaking to each other, chowing down on the free breakfast while the same Fox News crew dumps one story after another about how horrible Obama is blah blah blah.. So I see the same guy at the desk on my way out and I'm like Dude? you're still blasting the same Fox News bullshit in the breakfast room.. He seemed surprised this time, ORLY??
Next day, which was yesterday, same thing. More Obama hate at 6:00 AM. I walk out and see the same guy and I'm like Really?? More of that crap in the breakfast room? He seemed surprised yet again.. No kidding?? well I'll go change the channel right now!
No thanks guy. I'll just go to McDonalds and pay $5 for breakfast and eat my oatmeal in peace without the side order of bullshit from Fox News.
I sent a terse comment to the Hawthorn Suites home page that because it is apparently corporate policy to blast Fox News in the room that serves the complimentary breakfast then I'll just stay at a different hotel next time I come to town. A few hours later I got a conciliatory call from the manager who seemed surprised that anyone would complain about being subjected to Fox News and how he would let me pick whatever channel I wanted to watch tomorrow morning. Ha. No thanks Tex. I hope it ruined his day to be told by the corporate office that a customer actually took a couple minutes of time online to complain about being force-fed right wing propaganda as the main course for breakfast.