The mainstream media moniker was once confined to the realm of 24 hour news networks and their ridiculously biased coverage of politics.
Now, however, a strange new phenomenon has emerged in which non-news media outlets have picked up the mantle of American liberalism and have begun indoctrinating their followers with leftist rhetoric. The most egregious of these newcomers have been the sportscasters and networks such as ESPN – people and places that were once seen as an escape for Americans looking to shed the weight of the world and the politics internet in it.
ESPN’s foray into the world of leftist politics was once considered an abhorrent abnormality, but through progressive persistence, it has become clear that this could very well be the new norm. Now, a Fox Sports 1 commentator has taken the vitriol a step further with his insanely derogatory remarks about the American flag.
“After engaging in character assassination against Green Bay Packers fans who chose not to protest during Thursday’s National Anthem, FS1’s Undisputed co-host Shannon Sharpe did the same with the American flag, declaring it to be merely a racist ‘piece of cloth’ that ‘nobody fights for.’
“’The flag, you see, to a lot of people, symbols, patriotism but what does that symbol actually mean? What does — what does – okay — you keep telling me that the flag means so much and it’s opportunity and freedom and liberty. Okay. Can you honestly say that everybody in America has freedom and liberties and opportunity,’ Sharpe wondered to co-host Skip Bayless.
“Bayless replied ‘no,’ so Sharpe then noted that inequalities should be address. Fair enough.
“But Sharpe went further by showing his disdain for this country, the flag, and Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner (depicting the scene in Baltimore during the War of 1812) [emphasis mine]:
“‘And stop trying to sweep it under the rug. But, see, as long as you paint that narrative, oh, it’s the Anthem, I can’t — no — anybody that does something to the Anthem — well, we know what the anthem was originally written for and who it was written by, okay? The flag, okay? We understand what the flag? What does it represent? When did this narrative come to be that the military and the police own the flag and only them? I can go buy a flag and I can hang it up in my backyard. We need to stop this, Skip. We need to — the flag is a piece of cloth and nobody fights for a piece of cloth.'”
Bayless could very well be fighting for a piece of massive anti-anthem marketing dollar with his statements, (a shallow and selfish maneuver), but that doesn’t absolve him from the hateful things that he has said.
How in the world could these statements themselves not be considered racism? We have a commentator, on a sports network, telling the world that the American flag is not to be respected. Bayless will certainly hide behind the color of his skin to protect himself from such allegations, but in no way does that lessen the divide that he is actively working to create.