Opinion: Enough with woke sports media!

by Peter Heck · Jan 21st, 2020 9:02 pm

Last Updated Jan 21st, 2020 at 9:32 pm

Like most thinking people, I see former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for what he has willfully chosen to be – a hypocritical millionaire living in palatial digs, a man who pretends to care about justice while making money hand-over-fist from a company using nothing short of slave-labor at child sweatshops in human rights abusing China. Anyone who listens to a word this man says about "social justice" is a willing fool.

That said, I will always be eternally grateful to Kaep for one thing. For the longest time, sports media managed to cruise under the radar despite being a cesspool of progressive liberal bias and anti-conservative blather. Take ESPN as but one sorry example:

  • The network overlooked brain cancer basketball player Lauren Hill to give their "Courage Award" to a mentally ill man in a dress and lipstick not because doing so took courage or was sports-related, but because it furthered a progressive cause.
  • The network sent a full camera crew to the home of openly gay football player Michael Sam so that they could air him kissing his boyfriend on television after being drafted 249th out of 256. Not because Sam was a star or likely to make any real impact in the NFL (in case you're wondering, Defensive Back Ahmad Dixon, drafted 248th, did not have a camera crew at his home) but because it furthered a progressive cause.
  • When ESPN commentator Chris Broussard dared to voice a traditional Christian viewpoint on sexuality when asked about NBA back-up Jason Collins "coming out" as gay, the network apologized for his "distracting remarks." They offered no such apology when they hired former drunk driver and admitted cocaine user, the provocative LGBT activist Abby Wambach, because she would help further a progressive cause.

This is the kind of nonsense that went on for years, but it was not until Colin Kaepernick decided to start dishonoring the Star-Spangled Banner that the general public realized how MSNBC's primetime line-up had nothing on sports journalists.

For instance, I had an up-close and personal view of the mess here in Indiana when Vice President Mike Pence was excoriated by the woke sports media for walking out of an Indianapolis Colts home game he attended.

CNN invited on many of our local Indy sports media guys to register their disgust with the vice president, and senior NFL reporters like Mike Freeman railed against Pence for his "pre-planned, fake outrage," calling it a "total publicity stunt." Uhh…this after months of applauding pre-planned, total publicity stunts by players kneeling for attention during the national anthem? Brilliant.

Perhaps this lack of critical thinking and self-awareness is why these folks write about balls for a living. Nonetheless, it's good to see that the intrepid left-wing sports journos are keeping the dream alive all these years later.

Following the recent conference championship football games, woke sports media was out in full force. Twitter was trending with the real story: an assistant coach for the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers is a gay woman – the first ever to coach in a Super Bowl it seems. Nothing says normalization and equality quite like drawing distinctions, isolating individuals, and highlighting differences, I suppose.

Meanwhile, New York Times, Washington Post, and ESPN alum sportswriter Mike Wise chimed in with some really insightful stuff himself:

As devastating as that news no doubt is for the Kansas City faithful, imagine actually believing that this makes you look sensitive and credible rather than myopically tied to your self-imposed jail cell of personal misery. Imagine being unable to watch a football game and just enjoy high level athletic competition without feeling personally compelled to scour the circumstances for some reason, any reason, to be offended or transgressed.

Wise certainly wasn't alone in this insanity. Former NBA star-turned ESPN personality Jalen Rose managed to find the ever-elusive undercurrent of racism in all this Super Bowl talk.

I think what Jalen is trying to say is that people comment on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being attractive because he's white, but they don't say the same thing about Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson because he's black. I guess that's possible. Or it could be, you know, because Garoppolo is widely considered an attractive guy and Jackson is not, as one Twitter follower pointed out:

So look, I know MSNBC can be annoying and CNN can be unbearable with their bias and bad takes. But remember, it could always be worse. You could be watching ESPN.

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