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What could be better for the Left-stream media than a sporting event in which a far Left progressive athlete grabs a microphone and uses it to insult President Trump, Fox News and Republicans? That's what Dan Richards -- the "Liberal Progressive" -- is doing on the Kentucky wrestling circuit, and Left-stream media are digging it big-time.
Conservatives not welcome here. That's what one former ESPN employee is saying after she was a victim of the sports network's layoff of 100 people two months ago today. New York Post reporter Hannah Withiam writes of conservative Britt McHenry's complaint about her ex-employer in a time when ESPN is stubbornly defending its liberal brand.
Three-on-three basketball hadn't even debuted yet, and the league already had its first "Kaepernick." He's retired NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Mark Spears of The Undefeated (ESPN satellite blogsite) calls him "the most surprising player suiting up."
Many in the Left-stream media count themselves as apologists for free agent quarterback/Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick. Among them are ESPN and the Washington Post, media which are also in full support of a children's football team that staged a copycat protest of the national anthem, though it caused internal division and ruined the team's season.
The New York Daily News has provided a lot of space to reporting on whether or not the NBA champion Golden State Warriors will, or should, visit the Donald Trump White House to celebrate their 2017 title. Evan Grossman wrote the Warriors would be "jerks" to skip a White House visit and now Jake Becker reports the team's head coach, Steve Kerr, is open to a visit.
Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis says it’s all over for NFL-estranged Colin Kaepernick because of his recent Tweet comparing modern police officers to “slave catchers.” Late last week, a Minnesota jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez of second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting of Philando Castile.
There's an old adage in sports that cheering from the press box is not allowed. However, the Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman is openly cheering for the NFL's power moves to appease left-wing special interest groups.
Maybe it’s time ESPN just goes ahead and makes it official by registering as a political action committee. It should register under the title of LEFTSPIN and drop all pretention of honest reporting. The sports network is flagging in viewership while surging under the banner of left-ism. The latest evidence is the promotion of Connor Schell, a hardcore, Trump-hating Democrat, to the role of executive vice-president.
With Colin Kaepernick confined to the NFL's desert of unsigned free agents, Michael Bennett has clearly assumed the mantle as the league's most controversial player. Alleging this week that the NFL is too white, he is now writing his way to controversy, too. ESPN writer Sheil Kapadia revealed that Bennett is releasing a book, "Things that Make White People Uncomfortable," late this year.
In this poisonous political climate in America, and in the aftermath of a hateful Democrat's shooting of Republican congressmen, Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins is urging the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to attend a White House celebration and set a civil tone for the nation. She recommends the Warriors show the nation that when we disagree with someone, we shake rather than shoot.
Today will not go into the annals of "Great Days in Journalism History." It's a day of shame for much of the left-stream media, which proved that a lie travels halfway around the world before the truth puts on its boots.
President Trump did not attend Sunday's international soccer match pitting Team USA vs. Mexico in Mexico City, but he was topic numero uno south of the border. Mexican fans made the game a forum on Trump, and they booed loudly and blew air horns during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. However, American media were much more exercised about "homophobic slurs" directed at the USA goalie than the attacks on America, its anthem and president.
A month ago ESPN commissioned a viewer survey by Langer Research Associates, and ESPN Front Row’s Barry Blyn concluded the sky is not falling: Approximately two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents believe ESPN is getting it right in terms of mixing sports news and political issues. Another 10 percent had no opinion … and 8 percent said ESPN does not do enough politics in its programming.
Former President Barack Obama isn’t just a cool sports fan. Among his greatest contributions are giving professional athletes a voice and politicizing locker rooms, too. That’s the Kool-Aid Politico Magazine writer Ben Strauss is offering to his politics lite audience.
Is Jason Whitlock conservative? Colin Cowherd, his partner of Fox Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself, recently told Whitlock he is considered a “Black conservative.” In an interview with Dave Rubin on The Rubin Report, Whitlock reveals he is conservative on some issues and strongly disagrees with some of the key narratives of the left-stream media.
With their much hoped-for Seattle Seahawks-Colin Kaepernick dream team now reduced to dust in the wind, many in the left-stream sports media are crying unsportsmanlike conduct and some say he has a right to be on an NFL team.
In a vast wasteland of liberal lemmings masquerading as reporters and fair-minded commentators, Fox Sports 1's Jason Whitlock stands apart from the left-stream media sheeple. He's a stereotype-defying Black conservative who tells it like it is. His independence attracts scorn from the PC police, who branded him ''just a n----'' for recent comments about LeBron James.
In a few short months, we’ve gone from sports reporters increasingly expressing liberal bias on social and political issues to liberal sports media empire building. In fact, we are now witnessing the combining of several hard Left Internet sites into one large network.