This week’s avalanche of layoffs at ESPN has been a story in search of an explanation. Some say that a major reason for the network’s financial woes over the past few years has been, as Clay Travis noted, its “absurd decision to turn into MSESPN, a left wing sports network.” The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis, who endorses the recent leftward drift of sports media, thinks that whether or not ESPN is “a liberal network” is “a legitimate and interesting question that deserves examination,” but finds what he calls the “libtard ESPN got what it deserved!” argument shallow, even knee-jerkish.
Yesterday, as Jay Maxson at NewsBusters noted, ESPN laid off 100 on-air personalities. One would think that an awareness of growing financial vulnerability might convince the network to keep its employees' and contributors' most radical impulses in check, lest even more subscribers and/or advertisers get alienated. That certainly isn't happening at ESPNW, the network's women's sports website.
ESPN is calling today’s massive “bloodletting” – the layoff of 100 on-air personalities – a matter of “navigating changes in technology and fan behavior in order to continue to deliver quality, breakthrough content” that is part of “a strategic vision that will propel our vast array of networks and services forward.”
Left-stream writers love to criticize conservatives as people who are stuck in the past. But truth be known, they are mired in yesteryear as it relates to race. One of their pet narratives is to claim we are as racist a nation today as we were in the long ago past. They’re doing it again now in conjunction with the recent start of the major-league baseball season and baseball’s annual observance of Jackie Robinson Day.
An NBA beat writer for ESPN says he’s not sure what he can contribute to sports coverage by going political, but then found his “inner liberal” and said President Trump terrifies him because he could “end life on the planet.” Ethan Sherwood Strauss, who covers the Golden State Warriors for ESPN, made his remarks on a podcast interview with Isaac Chotiner of Slate, a publication founded by the liberal Michael Kinsley.
One week in, the new ESPN policy move toward “balance" in political reporting is failing badly. This is based on two actions immediately following the so-called policy changes by the biggest name in left-stream sports media. Both are indicators that ESPN is actually doubling down on its hard Left mooring.
ESPN is becoming something akin to television’s version of the Cleveland Browns, who won one game in the 2016 NFL season. And now, the network has removed a conservative journalist from NBA coverage. ESPN's losing streak includes the staggering loss of 12 million subscribers since 2011, according to Nielsen. In the last two months of 2016, the subscription loss topped the one million subscriber mark.
Due to the nation’s “intense political climate,” ESPN programming will now become even more political than it has been. ESPN went public today with a new set of guidelines on politics and elections, reassuring all that the nickname Entertainment, Sports and Progressive Network fits. Reading between and “outside the lines” of this policy, it’s clear the controversial network is throwing off the gloves and promising to swing even further to the Left.
Liberal media apologists for unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick are growing more indignant by the day with NFL teams who show no interest in signing the controversial free agent. Two ESPN writers today posted highly critical blogs in defense of Kaepernick.
One never ceases to be amazed at just how low the left-stream media will go to denigrate President Donald Trump. Aaron Dodson, a writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated blog, went all the way to the ground to promote a gutter level attack on the Republican executive in chief. Part of a recurring series of stories on athletic sneakers, Dodson’s caustic post is a direct attack on American veterans as well.
As previously stated, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has been wanting to help Donald Trump as much as possible, despite its ABC arm attacking Trump and his supporters. ABC chief Ben Sherwood is doing all he can to destroy Trump and his administration at all costs. That would be a major internal conflict at one of the largest media and entertainment conglomerates in the country.
Women’s college swimming teams are competing in the NCAA national championships this week. But in this crazy era of gender bending, leave it to ESPN to find the odd-angle story of the one swimmer who identifies as neither male nor female.