And the once great sports network has sunk even lower this week.
As most everyone knows by now, the ultra Liberal ESPN sports network’s anchor Jamele Hill, who is a Detroit Michigan native, and a former Detroit Free Press sports writer, took it upon herself to post a series of Tweets calling Trump “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime” and called his election the “direct result of white supremacy.” To top off her blatant ignorant statements she made them on the 16th anniversary of 911.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
And this is ESPN’s weak reply:
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
A TV network is accused of political bias: hardly a surprise in 2017. But what if the network is a sports broadcaster?
An unusual strain of partisanship — at least in the sports corner of the news media — emerged last week after ESPN announced it was laying off dozens of employees. The public reaction included jeers toward the network for what some viewers perceived as a leftward slant in ESPN’s coverage, a reflection of how the country’s raw political nerves and cultural divisions have spilled over into a world that many value as a pristine redoubt from worldly concerns: sports.
“It’s a sign of the times,” said Neal Pilson, a former president of CBS Sports who is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. “I think people are looking for bias, and opinion, and information that in some way involves some hidden signal or indication that there’s a political bias in one direction or another.”
It is not as if American sports and politics have never intersected. From Jackie Robinson’s breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier to Billie Jean King’s fight for gender equality in tennis to John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s black power salute at the 1968 Olympics, many moments and figures in sports history mark social mileposts.
And ESPN has had no shortage of political story lines to explore lately, after quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem in protest of what he saw as widespread American racism, the United States women’s soccer team and women’s hockey team raised issues of equal pay in labor disputes, and several members of the New England Patriots declined an invitation to the White House.
In some cases, ESPN has been accused of putting a thumb on the scale of social debates that are not settled. A galvanizing incident for critics was Caitlyn Jenner’s winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, ESPN’s annual award show, in 2015, after Ms. Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, announced she was transgender.
In other cases, conservative writers like Ben Domenech have cast ESPN’s perceived political approach as flawed simply for the network’s willingness to mingle politics and sports rather than preserving its TV channels and digital platforms as sports-only zones, an escape from society’s headier issues.
The claim that the layoffs somehow resulted from disenchantment with political bias is most likely untrue. Industry analysts have tied ESPN’s job cuts to radically shifting habits of media consumption — notably the fact that millions of people are turning away from cable TV, which for decades has been ESPN’s mother lode for revenue — and to other business-related factors.
“I’m not aware of a tangible connection that has expressed itself through any data,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research, in reference to theories that a political slant helped cause layoffs. He added, “There are much more obvious things to point to.”
Still, some viewers seized on a rare moment of public vulnerability for ESPN to air their grievances, an echo of Gamergate, a heated dispute that escalated a few years ago when video game reviewers were accused of inappropriately infusing politics and biases on other subjects into their work, leading to a campaign of harassment against those who were derogatorily called “social justice warriors.”
(It is difficult to discern, of course, whether the complaints lodged against ESPN on social media and other digital platforms represented a small or large portion of the network’s viewership.)
In The Ringer, the writer Bryan Curtis recently concluded, sympathetically, that sportswriting had become “a liberal profession.” In debates such as whether the Washington Redskins’ name and imagery are offensive, he said, most sportswriters consider there to be only one right-thinking side.
The conservative writer Michael Brendan Dougherty responded in The Week that the sports media’s “hegemonic liberalism” put it “in an antagonistic position not just with fans, but with the entire sports culture beyond journalism.”
ESPN’s president, John Skipper, told the network ombudsman last year that ESPN and its parent company, Disney, were committed to “diversity and inclusion,” and that they “view this not as a political stance but as a human stance.”
But conservatives might disagree with Mr. Skipper’s parsing, and Bob Ley, one of ESPN’s longest-tenured anchors, perhaps hinted at one byproduct of ESPN’s “diversity and inclusion” when he told the ombudsman, Jim Brady, in reference to gender and racial emphases in personnel: “We’ve done a great job of diversity. But the one place we have miles to go is diversity of thought.”
An ESPN-commissioned study last October found that 28 percent of the network’s consumers believed it was politically biased, according to figures provided by ESPN. Of that 28 percent, 56 percent believed the network was biased in a liberal direction, while 37 percent said it was biased in a conservative direction.
Two events in particular polarized viewers against ESPN, according to the study, which was conducted by Langer Research Associates: Ms. Jenner’s receiving her award, and the firing of the analyst Curt Schilling after he ridiculed transgender people in a Facebook post in response to North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill. The two incidents made 16 percent and 12 percent more viewers, respectively, feel worse about ESPN than better (the majority’s views were unaffected).
By contrast, coverage of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an N.F.L. team, and a town hall event in October with President Barack Obama both resulted in slightly more ESPN viewers feeling better about the network than feeling worse, according to ESPN.
Clay Travis, a Fox Sports contributor and editor of the website Outkick the Coverage, has labeled the network “MSESPN,” a reference to MSNBC, the cable news channel that frequently skews liberal in its analysis. Giving the courage award to Ms. Jenner, he said in an interview, smacked of “social engineering” on behalf of ESPN. He has also criticized what he called the “lionization” of Mr. Kaepernick.
Mr. Pilson said he believed that amid the present political deluge, even sports media outlets could not help but get wet.
“People are either anticipating, expecting or microwatching sportscasters to see if they can detect any bias,” he said.
Barry Blyn, ESPN’s vice president for consumer insights, noted in an interview that ratings for CNN, Fox News and MSNBC had not fallen off since November.
“The election isn’t over,” he said. “And because it isn’t over, everything is political.”
But not everyone in sports, or African-Americans, agree with this geniuses assessment of President Trump and his supporters. The four-time World Series champion Darryl Strawberry who joined FOX Business on Wednesday morning to discuss the ESPN anchor’s outburst on social media about President Trump made it very clear that he wants no part of this far left vitriol.
He clearly states that no one should call anyone anything and he added that President Trump is a great man to him. He also claimed that every time he has been in the presence of President Trump he has always gracious to him and respectful in every way possible. He later added that he really loves the president and his family, who he said have always been kind to him.
But perhaps the best thing he had to say was the advice he gave to those ungrateful ball tossers who have taken to not standing during our national anthem.
‘I wouldn’t do it and I’m not against guys that are doing it, but we have a problem in America, and we need to come together as people, not color but as people,’ Strawberry said. ‘And we need to understand that God has a perfect plan for all of us to come together and love each other and really work together. And I think when we work against each other, it separates us.’
Strawberry decided to make his feeling known after Michael Bennett, from the Seatle Seahawks, accused the Las Vegas Metro Police Department of profiling him for being black, and in doing so violating his civil rights. The rich ball tosser stated that officers pointed their weapons at him and threatened to blow his f****** head off. Wonder if anyone saw this?
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Moore Accuser Busted In Massive Sex Scam After Her Stepson Drops Disgusting Video On Her [WATCH]
Yesterday, once again a sobbing woman sat with the same far-left lawyer who has taken down so many men in power without ever even having to offer up much proof whatsoever.
This time, of course, the target is conservative Roy Moore of Alabama who is running for the Senate against a liberal Democrat and who is pretty much hated by both the liberal and RINO establishments.
Notice how no tears are present!
Allred, the person most of us perceive as being an ambulance chasing attorney who seems to pop up like a bad case of herpes every time a Republican is around, but when a Democrat is involved is nowhere to be seen is once again out in full force spreading her half-truths and outright lies and fabrications. If you all can recall she was even responsible for ending Meg Whitman’s bid for California Governor back in 2010 for giving an illegal alien a well-paying job as her housekeeper, which in turn gave us the lunatic governor we have now, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.
Gloria Allred Presser: Beverly Young Nelson Says Roy Moore Sexually Assaulted Her at Age 16
Alabama woman Beverly Young Nelson claimed Monday that Judge Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year old waitress 40 years ago — telling her story at a New York City press conference held by high-profile liberal attorney Gloria Allred.
Nelson, 56, sat next to Allred and stated that she came to know Roy Moore when she was 15 years old, working in a local restaurant near her high school. Moore was, according to her, a regular, eating in the same seat every night and often complimenting her on her looks.
According to Nelson’s statement, one night, shortly after her 16th birthday, in December 1977, Moore offered her a ride home, only to pull his car around back of the restaurant. She says he then locked his car doors, grabbed her, and attempted to violently force her face into his crotch. She resisted fiercely, the statement read, incurring bruises before he released her.
“I thought he was going to rape me,” Nelson said. “At some point, he gave up.”
Nelson claims Moore told her, “You are just a child and I am the District Attorney of Etowah County; if you tell anyone, no one will believe you,” and then let her out of the car.
According to Allred, Nelson’s sister told her law firm that Beverly related the story to her while still a teenager, that her mother heard of the alleged assault a few years ago, and her husband of 13 years discussed the matter with his wife before they were married.
Nelson produced a high school yearbook which she says is signed by Moore. “To a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say ‘merry Christmas,’” the inscription reads.
The note is signed “Roy Moore, D.A.,” and includes the date and venue of their purported interaction.
Allred claimed Nelson did not come forward over the last four decades because she “feared Mr. Moore and the power he had.” Nelson is, according to Allred, a Trump-supporting Republican who came to her for representation, not the other way around.
Allred is demanding that the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing where Nelson would testify under oath, as the statute of limitation has long since run on these allegations.
Nelson’s claims come after another woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Washington Post that Moore tried to push her hand toward his crotch after driving her up to his home when she was fourteen years old.
The Moore campaign pre-emptively responded to the allegations, issuing a statement shortly before the press conference. Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead called Allred a “sensationalist lawyer” and wrote:
Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle. Allred was the attorney who claims credit for giving us Roe v. Wade which has resulted in the murder of tens of millions of unborn babies.
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character.
Let it be understood: the truth will come forward, we will pursue all legal options against these false claims and Judge Moore will be vindicated.
A prominent plaintiff’s attorney and proponent left-wing social causes for decades, Allred also pursued a lawsuit against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, representing three women who claimed last year that he sexually assaulted them. Around the same time the suit was filed, Allred was also serving as a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
But thankfully, yesterday, Beverly Young Nelson’s patriotic stepson Darrel Nelson who is very concerned about the lies his stepmother might be getting paid to tell made a public Facebook video to let America know he’s behind Judge Roy Moore and that he believes without any shadow of a doubt that his stepmother is not telling the truth about Judge Moore sexually assaulting her when she was a teen. Now that’s what is called being a hero and having guts, but I wouldn’t want to be him for this years’ Thanksgiving family dinner!
My official statement
Posted by Darrel Nelson on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Ok, time for a few points here. This lying woman has worked for the Democrat Party for decades, she has even been around the Sexual Predator Bill Clinton multiple times and around characters such as Anthony Weiner but just now this woman seems to have remembered Roy Moore attacked her over 40 years ago? It’s just so damn obvious at this point that all this is is just a political hit. Every “victim” has a right to be heard, we all agree on that, but not every victim has the right to be believed, and in this particular case, the timing is very suspect and the evidence just isn’t there.
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People Horrified At What Michigan Has Suddenly Let Citizens Do In ‘Mass Murder Empowerment Zones’
Sometimes, to prevent something bad from happening, you’ve got to try and understand the mind of the person who might perpetrate it. For instance, if I wanted to show off how fast my car was, I might choose to race some car that is known to have less power than mine. (Probably not a Ferrari!) If I wanted to show off my physical strength, I wouldn’t choose a bodybuilder to pick a fight with. And if I wanted to shoot up a building, I wouldn’t do it at a gun show.
Let’s take a moment to just think about the two recent shootings in Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas. Both took place where the intended victims weren’t expected to be armed, and both were wildly successful on the part of the shooter. In the past, we’ve also seen mass shootings happen in theaters and schools which are both places where guns are typically banned. Are you seeing a trend yet? Bullies pick on people they don’t expect to fight back.
If we truly want to prevent mass shootings, we need to give people the ability to fight back just like the founding fathers did. According to USA Today, the Michigan Senate committee is trying to do just that. They’ve approved a bill that would allow concealed carry of firearms in gun-free zones:
“In the wake of mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas that left dozens of people dead or injured, a Michigan Senate committee approved bills Tuesday that will allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools, churches, day care centers, bars, dorms and stadiums.
The shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday which left 26 people dead and 20 more injured, makes state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, a Republican from West Olive, Mich., more certain that now is the time to take up the gun legislation.
‘Some have said it’s insensitive to bring up these issues now, but I feel quite the opposite,’ he told a standing room-only crowd in the Senate Government Operations Committee. ‘The recent events will allow us to look at how we can deter those who want to do harm. And responsible, well-trained, licensed concealed-pistol holders can be one of those deterrents.'”
Obviously, most of us have not been the victim of a mass shooting, but we can guess that what those people would want is for no one else to ever have to live through that horror. In the case of the shooting in Texas, the only thing that stopped the gunman from killing even more people was a card-carrying member of the NRA pulling out his legally obtained and well-loved firearm and returning fire.
This bill isn’t out of the woods yet though. While it has had surprising support, it’s not without its opposition either. Some consider any firearms to be bad for business in places like schools.
“The bills taken up in the Senate Government Operations Committee passed on a party-line vote with Republicans supporting the three-bill package and Democrats opposing it. The bills also would close the open-carry loophole, effectively barring gun owners from openly carrying their weapons in gun-free zones.
‘That’s the part that causes the schools to shut down and lose a day of educational experience for students and that’s problematic,’ Meekhof said.
He gained support from gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners.
‘The idea of having the ability to arm a well-qualified, well-trained individual is tantamount to setting out a scenario where we no longer set up a sheep for the wolf,’ said Robert Rudowski of the gun owners group.
Gun-free zones should be called ‘mass murderer empowerment zones,’ said Steve Dulan, spokesman for the gun owners group.
But far more people were at the committee hearing to speak out against the bill, including school groups and Moms Demand Action, which has been fighting for more gun controls.
‘Tragedies are going to happen. But we’re concerned this change could create more accidental incidents and the additional training doesn’t come close to training an individual for high-intensity situations,’ said Don Wotruba, executive director of the Michigan Association of School Boards. ‘Unless you’re trained for a military or police perspective, you’re not well-trained.'”
We’ve all heard it said that if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself, and the same goes for personal safety. That’s always been the mantra of Americans who hold the Second Amendment near and dear to our hearts. Personally, I have the utmost respect for my local law enforcement and find their attendance at my local church a great solace, but they just can’t be everywhere at once.
As it was so well said about the recent Texas shooting, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. We can’t all be law enforcement, but we can, as adults, get our concealed carry permits and help protect those near and dear to us.
Here’s more from our source about the details of the bill before Michigan state lawmakers:
Emily Durbin, Michigan chapter president of Moms Demand Action, said the debate was definitely on the wrong track.
“Two days after the latest shooting, we’re here not having a conversation about keeping guns away from domestic abusers, increasing background checks or banning bump stocks,” she said. “Instead, we’re urgently discussing what the gun lobby wants and that’s a desire to have more guns in more places, no questions asked.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, vetoed similar legislation in 2012, just four days after a horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., when a heavily armed man muscled his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
Snyder said that bill had a fatal loophole that didn’t allow for those institutions to opt out of the new legislation and prohibit weapons from their buildings. His spokeswoman, Anna Heaton, said Tuesday that Snyder hasn’t seen the latest version of the concealed- carry bills and hadn’t taken a position on them.
Meekhof said he has talked with Snyder about the new legislation and that he’s “not necessarily” on board with it.
The new legislation would allow schools to prohibit students, both minors and adults, from carrying concealed weapons in schools. The bill also is expected to be amended on the Senate floor, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, to allow schools to prohibit employees from carrying concealed weapons in schools.
The legislation also would allow private businesses, such as bars, to declare themselves gun-free zones.
“We’re not going to pre-empt a private property owner’s right to post for a weapon-free zone,” said Meekhof’s spokeswoman, Amber McCann.
The additional training for the concealed-carry license would be four more hours of classroom sessions and more time on the gun range.
Tom Lambert, president of the Michigan Open Carry organization, opposed the bills because they would bar gun owners from openly carrying their weapons. He supports gun owners being able to carry guns however they want.
“It is asinine to me that we would create an uneven playing field and give mass murderers an advantage,” he said. “I would agree guns should not be in our schools. The problem is we can’t stop somebody who is truly intent on evil.”
But the Michigan Education Association had a different perspective.
“Education and parent groups have joined us in opposing this misguided legislation because they, too, understand that the answer to gun violence is not more guns in schools — in fact, that’s a recipe for disaster,” Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart said in a statement. “The only people who should be allowed to carry firearms in public schools are police officers and school security personnel, period.”
[H/T: USA Today]
NFL Legend Just Issued Death Blow To Colin Kaepernick After He Sued The League For Not Hiring Him
What to do about Colin Kaepernick? That’s the question on the minds of many football executives in the United States today because the controversial player has stirred up such a stink, and he’s not going to be soon forgotten. To be perfectly honest, from a purely PR perspective, the day Kaepernick knelt for the National Anthem was the day he endowed his career with brilliance because from that day forward we have not stopped mulling over what to do about Colin Kaepernick.
While the obvious answer to that question is the one that the 49ers were contemplating when Kaepernick chose to be a free agent, (fire the unproductive player) the social justice warriors league of America seems to have gotten together and decided that he is their mascot and must therefore be protected at all costs. The 3rd string backup quarterback who according to his own coach was fired because he couldn’t play in the pocket, now has a toehold to say his firing was illegal. And all because he knelt.
That’s a story we’re all too familiar with. What we’re not very familiar with until now is other football players calling Kaepernick out on his crap, but that’s just what NFL legend Warren Moon did in a recent interview. According to the Conservative Daily Post, Moon thinks that Kaepernick doesn’t actually want to play in the NFL, otherwise, he would have played his cards very differently:
To him, the fact that he is a lackluster player is not why he isn’t playing because he can not be that real with himself. Instead, he stretches the truth and implies that he is out of the league for other reasons, which is 100% untrue. Football legend Warren Moon chimed in and observed, ‘If he was gonna file a lawsuit, he maybe should’ve waited ’til this season was over if he did want to play this year because it was almost like, does he really wanna play if he’s gonna go and sue the league and then also try to get signed by a football team? The two just don’t seem to mix.’”
Most of us probably do assume that there is some nuance here that we’re missing; maybe since we’ve never experienced the NFL, we don’t really understand what it’s like to be in Kaepernick’s cleats. We do, however, know what it’s like to give respect to whom respect is due, and it’s a trait that we require of anyone who plans to make the big bucks playing a game that people play for free all the time.
“The disgraced kneeler is suing because he falsely claims that the league is ‘colluding against him,’ when in fact, he just isn’t good enough to earn a uniform.
Somehow, suing the prospective employer is the best way to get one’s job back, at least if one is Kaepernick. It is so sad to see him unable to accept the truth about his talent, or lack thereof.
If he had not race-baited in a bunch of unhappy protestors who feel that detestable people like Michal Brown did not deserve shot after robbing a store and charging a cop, no one would even know who he was. He would be recalled as “that one quarterback, what’s his name with the dumb hair….”
The fact that not one person on his side, no matter how much they like sports, can name any of his stats is proof of his inadequacy on the field.
For that matter, he is a person who many loathe and his jersey is even used as a doormat.
As it stands, that seems like an insult to doormats.”
There are a million reasons why a player could be cut from a team, not the least of which is his disrespect to someone that the coach or the owner requires that he show respect to.
As much as we would all like to believe that Kaepernick isn’t playing in the NFL this season because he was disrespectful to the flag and the National Anthem, the more logical answer seems to be that he’s not playing because he’s not a great player, and all of this is fluff, meant to distract us from a washed-up has-been who’s only accomplishment in life is to single-handedly bring down a once beloved institution named the National Football League. RIP
[H/T: Conservative Daily Post]
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