Tulsa World “Music Writer” Jerry Wofford on Super Bowl Returning Soldier Ad: Shouldn’t Be Special or Worthy of Super Bowl

Tulsa’s egregiously Liberal Tulsa World, unfit for, and undeserving of, its conservative populace, apparently sees Jerry Wofford, their “music writer” special enough and worthy enough to denounce the idea of Budweiser’s ‘returning soldier’  as not “special” nor “worthy of a Super Bowl ad.” This, Tulsa World, is why your subscriptions numbers have been tanking for several years. Are you still trying to sign-up people in the Sam’s parking lot? My mother, who reads practically every word of your rag, has had enough and cancelled the subscription she has had since you sent the afternoon-delivered Tulsa Tribune into the dark ether of newspaper history. And no, my mother is not old enough to remember the Tulsa Race Riots, the Klu Klux Klan or the Tribune Democrat.

UPDATE 2-4-14: Mr. Wofford wrote a heartfelt apology and explained his many assignments covering the military, saying he was “endlessly thankful” for the opportunity. Read it here.

Jerry Wofford, Tulsa World "Music Writer" (Photo: Twitter)

Jerry Wofford, Tulsa World “Music Writer” (Photo: Twitter)

Budweiser struck out. The ad featuring the soldier homecoming was meant to tug the heartstrings, but it shouldn’t. It shouldn’t be special and worthy of a Super Bowl ad when a soldier comes home. Since apparently it is, it shouldn’t be a beer commercial taking up that banner. Read more.

So what’s wrong with beer, and Clydsdales and a helicopter pilot returning from Afghanistan after his girlfriend nominated him for a VFW ticker tape parade? What’s wrong with a soldier breaking out in a huge grin when he sees his mom in the crowd, and hugs her tight when he finally gets to her. Special, I say. He represented all military in that parade and the joy of getting home safely to those they love, and those who love them. That’s special. And you know, most guys like beer.

The 24-year-old Army helicopter pilot and operations officer had been told he was on a public affairs assignment to give a speech to a Veterans of Foreign Wars group in his hometown. But when he got to downtown Winter Park, hundreds of residents, relatives, teachers and friends greeted him with a surprise parade complete with tickertape and Anheuser-Busch’s Clydesdale horses.

“I hope the visibility it gets starts a conversation about recognizing those who have served and served in a greater capacity than I have,” Nadd said Thursday. “I would hope this commercial helps people look for those heroes in their communities.” Source: Syracuse.com

Winter Park, Florida had two weeks to get ready for the parade which was sponsored by the Department of Defense and Anheuser Busch. Lt. Chuck Nadd would be sent home two weeks early to complete his “public affairs assignment.”

No one knows who Lt. Nadd and his buddies might have kept from coming to the U.S. and setting down a pressure cooker bomb next to a music writer, somewhere. Tulsa, if you haven’t visited The Tulsa Beacon, a weekly, give it a try. There are alternatives. Here’s some background on how the The Tulsa Beacon came to be and it’s connections to The Tulsa World.