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After Massive Cancellations, ESPN Admits being Too Liberal

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ESPN has been experiencing a huge number of cancellations due to their extremist liberal views and actions.  How bad is the cancellation problem?  Cancellations have outweighed new subscribers by 11,346,000 in just the last five years.  It’s been projected that at the current rate, ESPN will hit the break even point in 2021.  Because of the heat they are taking, ESPN public editor Jim Brady had to write a mea culpa article, admitting that ESPN has moved to the far left.

Brady wrote:

ESPN is far from immune from the political fever that has afflicted so much of the country over the past year. Internally, there’s a feeling among many staffers — both liberal and conservative — that the company’s perceived move leftward has had a stifling effect on discourse inside the company and has affected its public-facing product. Consumers have sensed that same leftward movement, alienating some.

For most of its history, ESPN was viewed relatively apolitically. Its core focus was — and remains today, of course — sports. Although the nature of sports meant an occasional detour into politics and culture was inevitable, there wasn’t much chatter about an overall perceived political bias. If there was any tension internally, it didn’t manifest itself publicly.

That has changed in the past few years, and ESPN staffers cite several factors. One is the rise of social media, which has led to more direct political commentary by ESPN employees, even if not delivered via the network’s broadcast or digital pipes. Another is ESPN’s increase in debate-themed shows, which encourage strong opinions that are increasingly focusing on the overlap between sports and politics.

There have also been concrete actions that have created a perception that ESPN has chosen a political side, such as awarding Caitlyn Jenner the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYS despite her not having competed athletically for decades, the company’s decision to move a golf tournament away from a club owned by presidential candidate Donald Trump and a perceived inequity in how punishments for controversial statements were meted out.

Saying that punishment has been meted out unevenly is an understatement.  Curt Schilling was fired for a tweet on his private social media.  This is his tweet:

“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

Meanwhile, liberal hosts at ESPN get a free pass for what they say on the air.

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