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Tim Tebow’s home run in his first professional baseball at-bat was an electric moment for many sports fans and media. Not for Shannon Sharpe though. The co-host of The Undisputed on Fox Sports 1 complained Friday that Tebow shouldn’t even be allowed to play baseball.
In the shallow minds of left-stream reporters, accusations of racism are relative to skin color and political identity. Whites and Republicans are assumed to be inherently racist in their DNA. It’s a different story when a member of a minority group utters racist comments.
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.
Excitement for this weekend’s Final Four is at fever pitch all across America. Not so much for the sports desk at The New York Times. On Thursday, NYT March Madness coverage focused on efforts in North Carolina to repeal the state’s bathroom law enacted to protect women and children from victimization.
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.
The prolonged free agency of cop-hating, baggage-toting quarterback Colin Kaepernick has prompted the formation of a new sports fantasy game. It’s best played by race-baiting, left-stream talk show performers who have the unique ability to read the minds of NFL owners and general managers.
To CBS Sports blogger R.J. Anderson, Colin Kaepernick will do just fine if he never plays football again. On the other hand, when Tim Tebow resumes life as a professional athlete he will do so as a "divider."
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.
Colin Kaepernick is a free agent and the chirping of crickets is deafening amid the silence among NFL general managers. One anonymous GM, quoted by The Mercury News, suspects the lack of interest shown in the controversial quarterback stems from the fear of fan backlash or hate for the former 49er who refused to stand for the national anthem last season.
Stripped of NCAA Tournament basketball games because of its new public bathroom law, the State of North Carolina bore the brunt of heavy criticism Thursday from well-known sports figures. The law requires people to use the public bathroom of their birth gender. Conservatives say the law is needed to protect women and girls from predators, but LGBT activists want people to be able to choose their restroom based on “gender identity.”
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.
Who needs left-wing advocacy groups when ESPN will do the job for them at no cost? Jeremy Schaap, host of ESPN Radio's The Sporting Life, was once again a reliable ally for the LGBT agenda when he promoted the transgender movement in a recent broadcast about a high school wrestling champion.
Let the seller beware. Buyers aren’t buying what they’re offering. I’m speaking of sports reporting. Sports writers jumping into the realm of the political are admitting that much of the public disagrees with their hard-left editorializing. But they are stubbornly turning up the volume and focusing on Trump-bashing and supporting illegal immigration, the transgender movement, Black Lives Matter and other left-wing causes.
Dear Mr. Woody Johnson:
I understand that your ball club is in serious need of a winning QB, and I am writing to apply for the job. Your quarterbacking in 2017 certainly left a lot to be desired, and when I opted out of my contract today, I immediately identified the New York Jets as my destination of choice. I am the logical solution to your quarterbacking problem. As you’ll see in my online resume, I have six years of experience as an NFL quarterback.
There is no shortage of media criticism of professional athletes, but David Fleming’s ESPN.com attack on Tim Tebow has re-written the standards of mean-spiritedness. In a post dripping with malice, sarcasm and anti-Christian bigotry, “Tim Tebow’s relentless pursuit of failure,” Fleming has taken Tebow Derangement Syndrome to a level not previously thought attainable.
When a major social issues brouhaha recently erupted in Texas, it was all too predictable that Big Media would push hard in support of its LGBT activist friends. The big T – for transgender – in this case.
Men are big, mean Neanderthals who degrade women and won’t even let them stand up and talk. First came the U.S. Senate President Neanderthal Mitch McConnell. And now Jameis Winston, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is the latest Neanderthal to be outed by the left-stream media.
“Today, sports writing is basically a liberal profession, practiced by liberals who enforce an unapologetically liberal code." -- Bryan Curtis, The Ringer. That’s the first honest thing a liberal sports writer has said this year. The writer busting on Curtis and his fellowship of left-wing media comrades is Michael Brendan Dougherty, a self-described “conservative” writing for The Week.
Sports media and pro athletes just gained valuable rationale for not sticking to sports anymore. For one thing, the point is already moot, and secondly, it’s impossible, writes Jay Caspian Kang, Tuesday in The New York Times Magazine.