Jay Maxson is a Contributing Writer for MRC Culture
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Lo and behold, sticking to sports is good for media business! We told you so, ESPN. Now you're admitting your detractors were spot on. By cutting back on politics and social justice, The Worldwide Leader in Sports is noticing reduced self-inflicted bleeding. Upon taking the job as ESPN President last year, Jimmy Pitaro called for a cease-fire in politics and the network is experiencing a mild resurgence. Funny how that happens!
Officials of the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation said they were duped when a biological male registered for the recent women's competition in Charlottesville. The federation eventually stripped "Mary" Gregory of the world records he set that night, and now, according to a one-sided story by the Washington Post's sympathetic reporter Rick Maese, he is mystified that the governing organization insists on recognizing athletes by their birth gender.
On Sunday, Chick-fil-A was the victim of another left-stream media smear over its Christian convictions. Outsports, a propaganda blog for all things LGBTQ, demeaned Chick-fil-A as "the nation’s favorite purveyors of fast food chicken and faith-based discrimination" for donating money to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
From historically black colleges and universities (HCBU) to the major leagues, baseball is playing the race card, says The Shadow League's race-baiter extraordinaire Carron J. Phillips. African Americans aren't welcome in baseball, and the game hasn't made any real improvements in race relations ― in Philips' jaded perception.
Get woke, America! Carron J. Phillips, an SJW sports writer for The Shadow League who's incensed about Georgia's new heartbeat law, wants you to get angry, too. Phillips is astounded that conservatives consider abortion murder, says the world is now alarmingly close to "The Handmaid's Tale" and America is doing a repeat of the injustice of Dr. Larry Nassar, who, for years, got away with sexually abusing members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team.
Lesbian and ESPN The Magazine Body issue model Megan Rapinoe is taking the SJW baton from Colin Kaepernick and giving President Donald Trump an ongoing middle finger. A pro soccer star and member of the U.S. National Team, Rapinoe tells Yahoo Sports's Henry Bushnell her play will serve as an “F you” to the Trump administration.
Retired NBA career scoring champ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is back on the attack with yet another stinging rebuke of conservatives in a commentary appearing in The Guardian. Abdul-Jabbar says he is a gun owner and "this is not a finger-wagging creed demanding the banning of all firearms." But before he's through with his latest diatribe, he's demanding legislative controls on who should be allowed to own a gun.
The idea that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election has been debunked. However, according to The Atlantic's Jemele Hill, he did carry out the racist dirty work for the 17th president of the United States, Democrat Andrew Johnson. Johnson swore that his government would be grounded in white supremacy, and she claims Trump has now made that a reality.
The racially insensitive Redmen, Chippewas and Fighting Sioux have been vanquished the PC powers that govern college sports, and now college PC birdbrains are fabricating charges of racism against innocuous mascots. Cal State-Long Beach doomed Prospector Pete to a death sentence earlier this spring, and not to be done, Long Island University Brooklyn, is pecking its "Blackbirds" mascot to death.
The idea of actually covering sports has become so passé for two iconic sports media organizations that they've devolved into a lusty competition to determine which can one-down the other in so-called artistic nudity. ESPN presents full buff arrays of athletes "performing" their respective sport, and Sports Illustrated is pulling out every PC trick in the book -- hijabs and burkinis, painted ladies and politically correct subjects bearing virtue messages on their naked flesh -- to gain attention. All in the name of progressive art moving sport and society forward toward the nirvana of diversity.
President Donald Trump divided the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox along racial lines. That's a recurring narrative of media reports on today's visit by the baseball champs to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With most of the team's African-American and Latin players back in Boston boycotting the celebration, media referred to those present as the "white sox." Critical media also chastised the Trump White House for a tweet referring to the "Red Socks" and a reference to the 2018 "World Cup Series Champions.
Just hours after the deadly school shooting in Colorado Tuesday, the coach of the NBA's Denver Nuggets called for gun control. Then Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla joined in the call, declaring, "We love our guns more than we love our children" and demanding "the change" that translates to gun control.
After the Boston Red Sox end their series in Baltimore Wednesday night, nearly half the team will board a plane to return home to Bean Town. USA Today writer Gabe Lacques is peeved that the remainder of the team, along with ownership and management, will, instead of making that flight, go to the White House, Thursday, to celebrate their 2018 World Series championship with President Donald Trump.
In a scathing attack on President Donald Trump, The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin defended the decision of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora to boycott the 2018 World Series champions' visit to the White House Thursday. Zirin also criticized golfer Tiger Woods for visiting Trump today to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Now 72 years old, NBA career scoring champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has dedicated much of his writing to attacking conservatives. His latest post on The Guardian describes an over-emphasis on sports in America and "a troubling trend of lazy and arrogant anti-intellectualism that has very real and dangerous consequences to American society." At the root of this is "ignorance masquerading as conservative ethos" and President Donald Trump is the champion of this irrational thinking.
Original thoughts are rare in the Left-stream Echo Chamber. In reporting on golfer Tiger Woods receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump Monday at the White House, the lemmings are bleating out the same bile about the golfer visiting the "white nationalist."
An outbreak in the culture wars is erupting in Tennessee, uniting left-stream media, LGBT pressure groups and the NFL's Tennessee Titans, in addition to other corporate interests, against a conservative legislature trying to pass legislation would ensure that occupants of public restrooms use the one that correspondents with their physical gender. Legislation would also safeguard faith-based adoption agencies from discrimination charges for refusing to allow children to be adopted by same-sex couples. Naturally, biased media reports characterized the bills as "anti-LGBT."
Come September, ESPN The Magazine will take its place in the ash heap of history. The Worldwide Leader in "Progressive Sports and Naked Athletes" is discontinuing the magazine this fall, after 21 years in operation, but will make sure it ends with one final edition featuring nude athletes. When its business was flagging, ESPN The Magazine merely resorted to glorifying athletes out of uniform, and the strategy still didn't prevent it from going under.
For the liberal media, President Donald Trump's congratulatory tweet to a white college football player drafted into the NFL was too good to be true. The African-American quarterback drafted No. 1 did not get a social media shout-out from the president, offering further "confirmation" of the ongoing Trump-as-racist media narrative.
Two staunch gun control advocates, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and Dick's Sporting Goods, got locked and loaded together for an assault on the Second Amendment last week. Real Sports reporter David Scott interviewed gun restrictions advocate Ed Stack, the CEO at Dick's Sporting Goods, to talk about why his business has discontinued sales of AR-15s.