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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.
It's official. The national champion Baylor University women's basketball team has accepted an invitation to visit the White House, and the media simply couldn't report the story without politicizing, politicizing, politicizing.
In what seems like a totally counter-intuitive turn of events, Major League Baseball recently fined an African-American player for calling a white rival a "n-----." Hyper-sensitive SB Nation staff writer Harry Lyles Jr. is irate about it and, acting more like a spokesman for the NAACP than an objective journalist, says professional sports leagues have no right to claim authority on a black person’s ownership of the N-word.
After character assassins at The New York Daily News portrayed the late singer Kate Smith as a racist this past week, MLB's New York Yankees and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers announced that her version of "God Bless America" will no longer be heard in their respective venues. That prompted Fox Sports 1 commentator Jason Whitlock to defend Smith and expose the double standard of media giving black rappers a pass on racist language.
"Everywhere you look in American history, racism coexists with something noble." This is the conclusion of Michael A. Fletcher, senior writer at the race-baiting blog The Undefeated, a subsidiary of ESPN. What prompted his dismissal of America as the land of the free was the recent news that the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees have dispatched the traditional playing of Kate Smith's "God Bless America" based on the unearthing of two race-related songs she performed the better part of a century ago.
Week 2 of the "Jemele Hill is Unbothered" Spotify podcast today proved that she and her Atlanta guest, Michael "Killer Mike" Render, are greatly bothered by racist Republicans and the fact that Georgia's elections are overseen by the secretary of state's office. Sen. Bernie Saunders is their great white hope for president in 2020, and both socialists are all in on reparations for the descendants of slaves.
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox will be honored May 9 in a White House reception, and media bias is evident in stories preceding the event. In deriding President Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Yahoo Sports and People magazine have all sensationalized a small handful of Boston players who won't celebrate their championship at the White House.
African-American sports writer William C. Rhoden said at a recent conference in Phoenix that in order for the survival of his race it's time for younger blacks to get socially "woke" and carry on the legacy of older social justice warriors. The author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves made his remarks at the Global Sport Summit at Arizona State University. The older generations also need to educate young African-Americans on fighting for equality, he advises.
Tiger Woods, winner of the 2019 Master's golf tournament, is back – with a media-imposed asterisk. He's being advised that he must navigate his brand around his friendship with President Donald Trump. "Tiger Woods Can’t Be Apolitical in the Age of Trump and Kaepernick," writes Dave Zirin, the hard Left sports editor of The Nation.
Jemele Hill's new Spotify podcast, "Jemele Hill is Unbothered," debuted Monday, and it was 51 minutes of gutter language-laced criticism of Tiger Woods over his friendship with President Donald Trump, conservatives and critics of retired NBA guard Dwyane Wade's gay son.