Lets face it, we live in a world surrounded by political biases. This in and of itself is not a bad thing, however once it starts to become a replacement for truth, it creates more polarization for us as a sports nation.
Recently, I began to read more about why ESPN is so politically charged, and I came across this interesting article written by Shalini Ramachandran of the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s the link:
If you don’t want to pay for the article, read the summary of it below:
BEGINNING OF SUMMARY:
-ESPN began shifting toward the political realm when one of their anchors on the ESPN channel, Jemele Hill, tweeted that President Donald Trump was a “White Supremacist.” This action put ESPN in a tough place. Instead of firing her, John Skipper (who happened to be the president of the company at the time), kept her pardoned from any disciplinary action and kept her with the company. This was their first major political statement.
Then there was a public outcry to these actions, prompting the #BoycottESPN movement. To quote the article, Shalini said, “There is broad agreement within ESPN that covering sports news means sometimes tackling hot topics such as politics and race.” This, along with the political commentary made from ESPN executives during the 2016 elections, made some of the conservative staff of the company upset. One former conservative SportsCenter host, Jay Crawford (who was let go around three years ago), stated, “Realizing there’s never been a time in my lifetime where our country has been more divided, I saw no value in adding to that decision.”
Then this article talks about ESPN’s tension with its parent company, Disney.
END OF SUMMARY
See, this is exactly why I believe you sports fans have the right to sports-news without bias. This needs to change now! Everyone should know that they do not have to listen to political sports. So spread the word about Project 6048 to other sports fans that you might think is interested.
Together we can change the world of sports!
I did not make this article to agree or disagree with ESPN’s political views, that is not 6048’s responsibility. I did make it, however, because I disagree with their part-sports, part-politics philosophy that forces the author’s obvious bias upon their audience.