After 35 years I have let my Sports Illustrated subscription lapse. It was partly due to the deterioration in the quality of writing. But more important was SI’s increasing advocacy of far-left causes: perceived racism, radical trans-genderism, in your face advocacy of gay rights, and even “global warming”. As if to prove my point, SI just put “Bruce” Jenner on the cover of their “where are they now” issue. You would have had to have been in a prison on Pluto for the past two years to not know about Jenner.
As bad as SI has become, ESPN is far worse. They have run off most of their older talent under the guise of “cost-cutting”, inexplicably replaced qualified journalists and former athletes with numerous minorities of dubious qualification, punished employees who dare stray from their radical left orthodoxy, and openly advocated radical left SJW causes like transgenderism and Black Lives Matter. One need look to further than their “courage” award to Jenner at the 2015 ESPY’s and their celebration of “Black Lives” at this year’s self-congratulatory awards.
Sports in general and ESPN in particular have always had ample minority (black) coverage and content as it should, but ESPN seems to have gone overboard in the past several years. Between radio, the web and TV, it is increasingly hard to find programming or content on ESPN that isn’t entirely focused on black athletes and race. It is as if they are trying to become the BSPN. Excellent journalism like Bill Simmons “Grantland” has been replaced with entirely race-focused garbage like “The Undefeated”.
Race-baiters like Michael Wilbon and Jason Whitlock have been given prominent voices at ESPN. Their new approach is stunning, given ESPN’s falling ratings and questionable demographics of their new format. Charges of overt anti-white racism from some of their recently fired employees, like Curt Schilling, are beginning to sound credible. But it’s not just white analysts who pay they price. Ray Lewis was fired when he dared to criticize black-on-black crime.
Like I did with SI, I am pulling the plug on ESPN.