It’s Friday! Welcome to the weekend, dear readers. Are you ready to watch some sports this weekend? Well, I hope you’re ready for a whole lot of politics with your pucks, pitches, and penalty kicks, because ESPN is upping the ante on their liberal nonsense.
The first indication that ESPN was falling into the media mess of leftist politics was when they fired baseball legend and sportscaster Curt Schilling for his personal opinion on his personal Twitter account. That opinion was deemed “too conservative” for the Disney-owned corporation, who has been increasingly progressive in their programming ever since, straying well over the line between sports and entertainment, and into salacious, tabloid-esque conflict.
You see, ESPN, like CNN, MSNBC, and others, is undeniably at the beck and call of the advertisers who pay them for airtime. If corporate America turns liberal, so does the corporately-backed media. And now that a disproportionate amount of wealth and power in the corporate world tends to lie in the hands of Silicon Valley’s Google, Amazon, and Facebook, the crushing weight of the left’s influence is trickling all the way down to “sports” shows.
ESPN isn’t hiding it either, as evidenced by their latest announcement.
ESPN has announced that it is bringing uber-liberal broadcaster Keith Olbermann back, despite the network’s claim that it isn’t politically liberal.
Olbermann is being tapped to guest anchor 20 special edition SportsCenter broadcasts at 11 PM (Eastern) to be aired throughout the rest of this year, according to The Wrap.
The combative Olbermann will also help man the broadcast booth for ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the New York Yankees-Houston Astros game on Memorial Day.
“Keith’s smart, creative perspective on the world of sports always informs and entertains fans,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president. “His varied collection of ESPN appearances over the last several months has provided a great model for utilizing his distinctive voice, and this new agreement will extend his contributions even further.”
“Since we started this, my 6th separate tenure with ESPN, in January, I’ve found the variety of assignments to be most the fun and energizing of all my stints,” Olberman said in the press release. “Adding stuff like being a rookie 59-year old play-by-play guy, plus the Rip Van Winkle of ‘SportsCenter,’ only adds to the smorgasbord. Can’t wait, and at my age, I shouldn’t.”
Olbermann’s last major flash in the pan came when he attempted to self-produce political content in a studio that many claimed was nothing more than a backdrop in his basement. Olbermann was so irked by the accusations that he actually addressed them.
So, once again it looks as if I’ll be tuning out of ESPN this weekend. How about you?