ESPN denial

ESPN has today announced they are laying off more than 100 on-air staffers. No, I’m not gloating about people losing their jobs. The only people I like to see unemployed are Democrat politicians and RINO’s. Still, I have to say that a lot of us saw this coming. ESPN has been headed down the rathole of progressive politics for years. They were top-notch when they just did sports. It’s when they began injecting politics into their programming (Bruce Jenner, Michael Sam, “hands up, don’t shoot”) that viewers began to lose interest.

There are, as you can imagine, a lot of media types in denial. The meme I’m seeing online thus far is that ESPN is losing subscribers only because people are cutting cable. A couple of media figures I’ve seen on Twitter today claim…

And then there are the idiots saying this is happening because ESPN is political. It is happening because people are unplugging cable.


Reading Twitter responses about ESPN layoffs, it occurs to me a lot of sports fans really don’t like anyone who stands up for civil rights.

So you see, it’s our fault. Either we’re cutting cable for economic reasons, or we’re racists — and who didn’t see that coming? — and it has nothing to do with ESPN. I have no doubt that some people are cutting cable. This is true. Some people are cutting cable and going to streaming services like Sling TV or Hulu, or some other alternative that’s less expensive. Perhaps some sports enthusiasts are cutting cable because they are tired of getting politics from ESPN.

Then there are people like me. We haven’t cut cable — yet. But I have stopped watching ESPN altogether, except in the rare case they happen to be showing a game I want to see, like the Grizzlies/Spurs game Saturday night, for example. Otherwise, I do not watch SportsCenter, or any other show on ESPN where there are talking heads. I do not watch because ESPN inserts politics into their shows. They don’t understand, and even in the wake of a mass defection of subscribers/viewers they won’t understand, that sports fans tune into sports stations for sports. If I want politics, I’ll find a political channel. I don’t want politics mixed in with sports. I need a break from it sometimes, and sports has always been that perfect getaway.

ESPN will not change their content. Even if customers tell them to their face to please stop mixing politics with sports and stop using sports to project a social justice platform, ESPN will not reform. ESPN is run by progressives, and they can’t help themselves. They are like the rest of the media. They don’t dabble in real-world consequences. Just as the Democrats and #fakenews media blamed Trump’s election on the Russians, so will ESPN and other sports media figures blame ESPN’s layoffs on something other than the real reason.

Lefty sports reporter laments politics in sports

But it’s not for the same reason the rest of us lament politics in sports. I guess it’s all in how you define “politics.” A baseball reporter for NBC, Craig Calcaterra, was offended by the display of an oversized American flag at an Atlanta Braves game on Sunday and tweeted, “Will you keep politics out of sports, please. We like sports to be politics-free.”

I wonder how Mr. Calcaterra feels about athletes kneeling during the National Anthem, or when a group of St. Louis Rams injected the false “Hands up, don’t shoot” meme into their on-field antics? I guess it’s okay when left-wing politics invades sports, but not patriotism.

Honestly, I’ve never viewed the American flag and other displays of American patriotism as politics. It used to be that love of country transcended politics. It’s something we all shared regardless of political affiliation. But during the last couple of decades, an anti-American fervor has taken over the American left so that patriotism, to them, is political. This is simply who they are now.

Politicizing comedy

The left has managed to politicize just about everything, from the weather, to sports, gender & bathrooms, what we drive, and now comedy skits on Saturday Night Live.

SNL has been parodying our presidents since Gerald Ford. They have parodied every president for 42 years now, both Democrat and Republican. Some have been realistic impersonations. Others have been lampoons. But they’ve all received the same treatment. But now, with Alec Baldwin doing the Trump impersonations on SNL, which I have not watched, our good friends at #fakenews CNN are finding it newsworthy. That’s right, whenever Baldwin shows up on SNL to parody Trump, CNN does a news story about it. That’s how seriously they take politics. They can’t just let comedy be comedy. They have to politicize it. Again, this is not a criticism of SNL. They’ve always done presidential parodies. This is a criticism of CNN for politicizing comedy. This newsworthy topic is right there in the @CNN Twitter feed.

This is not the first time the #fakenews media has found an SNL presidential parody to be newsworthy. In late 2014, the Washington Post found it necessary to “fact-check” a skit parodying President Obama. Yes, they actually fact-checked a comedy skit. That’s how thin-skinned they are.

#fakenews CNN’s interview with Syrian man backfires bigly

Over the weekend, #fakenews CNN interviewed a Syrian man who survived a chemical attack there back in 2013. According to the banner at the bottom of the screen, the Syrian gentleman had a message for President Trump. Did he ever! I’m sure CNN put him on the air because they thought he was going to trash the president in the wake of his tomahawking of Syrian military targets late last week. Instead, the interviewee had nothing but praise for President Trump and flummoxed the #fakenews reporter by insisting that Syrians don’t want to be refugees. They don’t want to come to the U.S. They want our president to help them stay in Syria, since that’s their home. She tried to cut him off several times and couldn’t get him off the air fast enough. But by then, the damage to #fakenews was done.

What this exchange illustrates is that American liberals, who insist on an unfettered influx of Syrian refugees, don’t really care about the refugees as human beings. You see, the flow of refugees from Syria to the U.S. is merely a vehicle for importing terrorists. Second, Trump’s hard line against accepting more refugees simply gives the left fodder for bashing Trump as a heartless monster who doesn’t care about the downtrodden. In fact, it is the left who doesn’t care about the plight of Syrian refugees, but only as political props and pawns.

Wag the dog

It’s back to Rush Limbaugh again, and another reference to last Wednesday’s show — a great show that was — in which the Maha Rushie at least considers reordering his thinking on the relationship between the media and Democrat Party. Heretofore, it has been the assumption that the mainstream press — we call it #fakenews now — is the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party. But it may be the other way around. It can be stated with some degree of certitude that the home of the progressive movement is now in the media, and that the Democrats are merely the elected wing of the media.

Iā€™m considering the structure, that it is the Democrats that are an arm of the media, not that the media is an arm of the Democrats. In other words, the foundational base of the progressive movement is in the nationwide media. The Democrat Party are the elected hacks who enforce and introduce politically and legislatively ā€” and oppose the things that the Republicans put forth ā€” in a political sense. But the constant, always-there of progressivism and liberalism is the media.


#fakenews media completely unhinged

But you knew that already, because it’s been so well documented.

You might have heard that President Trump has banned mobile devices larger than a smartphone from airline flights. But do you know why? According to the following #fakenews headlines, you’d be left scratching your head as to why the president would do such a thing. Get a load of these, then skip down and read the real reason for the ban.

Believe it or not, the New York Times, in a random act of journalism, gets it right. The real reason for the ban is that the Islamic State is in the process of developing explosives that will fit inside a laptop.

WASHINGTON ā€” Intelligence showing that the Islamic State is developing a bomb hidden in portable electronics spurred the United States and Britain on Tuesday to bar passengers from airports in a total of 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptop computers, iPads and other devices larger than a cellphone aboard direct inbound flights, two senior American counterterrorism officials said.

Two additional American officials said the explosives were designed to be hidden in laptop batteries. All four spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly discuss the sensitive information.

And do you know how we gathered this intelligence? The Yemen raid that took place right after President Trump took office in which we lost a Navy SEAL (and which the left has heretofore completely discounted as having been a fruitless endeavor).

So there is a credible threat, after all. But look at the way #fakenews has reported it. This just illustrates how unhinged they are. Imagine how different the headlines would read if the circumstances were the otherwise the same, but Obama were still president.

Imagine if we had this intelligence but did not act on it, and some jihadist managed to take down an aircraft using an explosive he had hidden inside a laptop. They’d try to impeach Trump if that occurred.

Folks, I maintain that the left, and by “left” I’m referring both to the Democrat Party and #fakenews media, wouldn’t mind a terrorist attack occurring if it meant they got to pin the blame on President Trump. That’s how unhinged and partisan they have become. Trump’s election has left them bordering on insanity. The Democrat Party, its accomplices in the #fakenews media, and the lunatics who vote for them and believe the #fakenews represent the largest hate group in America, and it’s on display literally every single day.

Why do you think the Democrats have opposed President Trump on every single safety measure he has tried to put in place to protect Americans from jihadists? It has nothing to do with their adherence to the Constitution — they don’t even know nor care what’s in it — nor is it about fighting racism or xenophobia. They are trying to hinder the president’s ability to protect us while at the same time making it easier to jihadists to do what they do. They want chaos so they can undermine the president. This is who Democrats are and what they do.

Ridiculing #fakenews

Last week, CNN, the New York Times, and handful of other #fakenews organizations were denied entry to a White House briefing. Not long afterwards, President Trump announced that he was not going to attend the annual White House correspondents dinner.

President Trump was correct in both decisions.

First, #fakenews organizations like CNN and NYT have been correctly identified as enemies of the people. They don’t report the news. They fabricate #fakenews in order to malign the Trump administration and, in a larger scope, the United States of America. So why would you allow them into your press briefings if you know ahead of time they are going to treat you so treacherously?

Second, #fakenews has turned itself into a circus act. They are good for laughs, but are not to be taken seriously under any circumstances. So why on earth would you dignify the #fakenews circus act with your presence at the correspondents dinner? You don’t. It’s a charade where the press and POTUS trade barbs, and the press would’ve treated the President savagely, but he still would have owned them. He does pretty much every day.

The media masks are off. There is no longer even a pretense of objectivity in the mainstream press. That’s why we refer to them as #fakenews. They aren’t journalists, in the sense that they don’t report factual information. They aren’t even just Democrats anymore. They are every bit as radical as these fringe groups you see out rioting and destroying property and assaulting people. This is who they are. And when you do nothing but broadcast #fakenews, you get treated like #fakenews.

The press is still free

Last Thursday’s POTUS press conference is still ringing in the media’s ears. President Trump was highly critical of the #fakenews media and called them on their lies and fabrications. He even elevated the #fakenews moniker to #veryfakenews. The media were apoplectic, and decided to fight back with the hashtag #NotTheEnemy in response to Trump calling them the enemy of the American people (which they are, by the way).

Now you have the mainstream press genuinely concerned about media censorship, that what he is doing somehow violates the Constitutional guarantee of a free press. He has the media tied in knots. I find this quite satisfying, comical even.

To clarify something, the First Amendment to the Constitution reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Note that the First Amendment pertains to the Congress. It enumerates the various rights that shall not be curtailed by Congress, one of which is the freedom of the press.

The Constitution does NOT say that a President cannot criticize the media. President Obama was critical of FoxNews and Rush Limbaugh, and there was nothing unconstitional about that, either. The media have somehow, in their minds, equated criticism with censorship. But there is nothing in the Constitution that grants the media immunity from criticism, presidential or otherwise.

If you’ve turned on the TV today or checked the Internet, you’ll see that all those media outlet that were broadcasting their #fakenews during the Obama presidency are still broadcasting their #fakenews. No one has censored them. No one is trying to censor them. Criticizing the media or refusing to answer their questions is not censorship.

We have never had a president (with the possible exception of Reagan) during our lifetimes who took on the media the way Trump does. The media are used to generating their #fakenews without any sort of repercussions. But now they are finding their #fakenews stories ricochet back at them.

What we are learning is that the media cannot take one-tenth of the criticism they dish out. They would whither and evaporate if they were subject to the same level of vitriol with which they treat conservatives. That’s why watching Trump toy with them like playthings is so delicious.

Canceling #fakenews

Yesterday, I canceled my digital subscription to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, formerly Tennessee’s paper-of-record. Since the election, the CA has become nothing but a megaphone of the anti-Trump left, and that’s more or less what I told them this morning when they asked why I was canceling (albeit politely).

The lady with whom I spoke asked my if I had considered writing a letter-to-the-editor. I told her I didn’t think one person voicing a contrary opinion would change anything (or ten or a hundred or a thousand, for that matter). “Y’all are gonna do what y’all are gonna do,” I told her. Rush Limbaugh has said more than once that the news media is the one industry where the customer is always wrong, and so it doesn’t matter who cancels.

I began subscribing about two years ago because of the CA’s coverage of Memphis sports. But it’s just not worth it anymore. Granted, it was only costing me $4.99/month, but I don’t read #fakenews even when it’s free, and I certainly don’t want even a nominal amount of my money going to support a #fakenews organization. I’ll get my Memphis news from some other source.

You see, it’s become nearly impossible to find genuine news. That’s the state in which journalism finds itself. And it doesn’t matter how many people cancel their subscriptions. What consumers think is irrelevant. The entire purpose of mainstream journalism is to produce #fakenews with a hard-left tilt. The news media are the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party, just as BLM is its militant wing (a role once filled by the KKK).

At the CA, coverage of state politics has become almost non-existent. I relied on the CA for this, too. Even its coverage of local news is often contaminated by an anti-Trump element. And I just couldn’t take it anymore.

It’s my turn to politicize football

The sports media and NFL have been incrementally politicizing football for several years, and last night’s Super Bowl LI was the worst example of it. There was the sports media’s criticism of Tom Brady’s support/friendship with President Trump, as well as that of head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, which has been turned into both a political and racial issue. There were the subtle digs at President Trump during the suite of trumped-up high-dollar Super Bowl commercials. And there was a Super Bowl halftime show that turned out not to be so politicized, but oh how liberals wanted it to be a statement against Trump.

At any rate, I couldn’t help but draw a few parallels between election night on November 8 and Super Bowl LI as it unfolded.

  1. A majority of the sport media migrated over to the Atlanta Falcons’ for purely political reasons. Tom Brady’s high-profile support/friendship with Donald Trump was publicized in a highly negative way — something that is never done with players who support liberal causes and/or candidates. So there was clear media favoritism owing to its anti-Trump bias.
  2. At one point in the contest, Atlanta was given a 97% chance of winning, a figure that is close to the probability that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency…or so we were told by the media. Atlanta’s collapse was every bit as dramatic as HRC’s.
  3. American patriots won on November 8. The New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI.
  4. The election was historic because a man who had never run for public office overcame all sorts of odds to beat an establishment candidate. Super Bowl LI was historic because the Patriots overcame, by far, the largest deficit ever by a Super Bowl winner (25 points), it was the first Super Bowl to ever go to overtime, and Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to win 5 Super Bowls.

Now that I’ve had the pleasure of watching Tom Brady stick it to the sports media and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the worst sort of way, I can now resume my #boycottNFL.