BOOM! ESPN Admits They Mistreat Conservative Supporters – And It’s Killed Ratings

BOOM! ESPN Admits They Mistreat Conservative Supporters – And It’s Killed Ratings

January 11, 2016: Former Texas head coach and ABC College Football Countdown analyst Mack Brown talks with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (R) on the set of the ESPN Championship Drive stadium show prior the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

The National Football League (NFL) is suffering this year. They have claimed multiple times that it is a result of the election pulling away viewers. But that just felt like an excuse to me. Because I know why I personally have moved away from the NFL. It is because I refuse to endorse the actions of these athletes that refuse to respect our flag and our country.

And that same sentiment has bled into the opinions of many ESPN viewers. Their decision to speak out so strongly against traditional, conservative principles has led me to lean away from viewership. And I am not alone. Bob Lee even spoke out recently admitting that they feel their leftist leanings have made a difference in their viewership.

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.

The best we can hope for is that this concession leads to some change. The right wing of society has been demonized and belittled for too long. This election is just further evidence of how we are being treated. The media has to stop villainizing us. I truly believe they are the ones most responsible for the hate filled protests we are witnessing today.


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