Bruce Bookter

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They say a broken clock is right at least twice a day. Yet, ESPN has only been right once. Though they are still operating well below broken clocks status, it appears that, unlike last year, the “four-letter network” finally got it right. At least when it comes to who to give this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award to.



So, riddle me this: how does a company edict, that requires employees to not wade into political matter of an inflammatory nature, change from a sternly enforced rule, to all of a sudden becoming, no biggie?



ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith jumped the shark quite some time ago. However, this may take the cake. On Tuesday’s edition of First Take on ESPN2, Smith took strong exception with Brock Osweiler, the former Bronco, and current Houston Texans quarterback. Osweiler opted to not attend the Broncos visit to the White House on Monday, and instead spent the time at OTA’s with his new team.



In a week with the NBA Finals beginning, and an African-American baseball player named Mookie Betts tearing the cover off the ball (in a sport that the media loves to single out for lack of black representation), you’d think ESPN’s flagship website, the one that deals with sports and race, would be far too busy talking about Lebron, Steph Curry, and Mookie to slander President Obama’s political opponents as racists.



The Washington Post released a poll on Thursday, which showed that 90% of Native Americans do not take offense to the word, Redskins. The sports media responded to this poll by apologizing for decades of fear-mongering, race-baiting, and trying to make a national crisis out of something that is not even a crisis in the Indian community. Just kidding. They freaked out.



Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: an ESPN commentator desires to get his name in the news by cracking a joke at the expense of a Republican. That well-worn, lefty sports tactic was executed, yet again, by ESPN’s new Monday Night Football play-by-play man.



Apparently maintaining the pretense of objectivity and neutrality has just grown entirely too tiresome.



Curt Schilling is still bringing the heat against his former employer. In an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show on NBC, Schilling let fly with a scathing rant about why he got fired, and the hypocrisy of ESPN.



In what might go down as the most redundant and superfluous hire in the history of redundant and superfluous hires, a network already dominated and run by leftist, LGBT activists hired…wait for it…a leftist, LGBT activist.



Apparently, being fired by ESPN means not only are you erased from the employee rolls at Bristol, but you are also erased from history!



So, Curt Schilling is holding nothing back. Just over a week after he was fired by ESPN for being a conservative, and deigning to observe that male bathrooms were built for people with male parts, while female bathrooms were built for people with female parts, Schilling told the Breitbart News Patriot Forum that ESPN is home to “some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”



The sports media continued their postgame celebrations on Thursday, after ESPN’s firing of Curt Schilling. A firing that so many members of the liberal sports media openly, and privately, rooted for.



Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN on Wednesday, for expressing an opinion online earlier in the week which just happens to be the view held by the vast majority of the American people. Earlier this week, Schilling posted a picture of a transgender person, and made a comment regarding the effort to let transgender men use women’s restrooms.



ESPN’s Bomani Jones really wants you to know that his T-shirt is clean, and powerful. Bomani Jones wore a ‘Caucasians’ t-shirt after his appearance on Mike & Mike last week. A shirt basically identical to a Cleveland Indians shirt, complete with Chief Wahoo, except it says, ‘Caucasians’ and has a dollar sign in place of a feather.



ESPN has had a hoot playing the role of sports Pravda during Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba.



Sure, he was a murdering dictator who imprisoned any and all who opposed him and suppressed any dissent through brutal repression. But man, could he appreciate a great curve ball.



As an ESPN MLB analyst, and perhaps one of two (maybe?) outspoken and openly conservative on-air employees at the Bristol-based giant, Schilling took a humorous outlook on the fragility of his employment at ESPN in a recently released FEC filing.



Not so much as a week has gone by since ESPN’s Mike Ditka offered the opinion (correctly) that Barack Obama is ‘the worst President we’ve ever had.’ And apparently, less than a week is all it took for ESPN to decide to pull ‘Da Coach’ from the network’s premier Sunday pregame show ‘Sunday NFL Countdown.’



On the heels of ESPN’s Curt Schilling opining that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere,” the other conservative at ESPN (there are about two, maybe one more), famed Bears coach and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has decided to weigh-in as well.



If ESPN is interested in awarding the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to someone who has displayed actual…you know…courage, they might want to consider looking in their own backyard.