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ESPN Comes Under Fire For Taking Political Correctness Too Far

Picture this. You have a complete cash cow of a cable television network. It’s the place to tune in for all things sports, and viewers flock to your channel. Then you decide to reward your loyal viewers by turning your channel into yet another place to get unsolicited viewpoints. You reward them even further by making sure that viewpoint fits your preferred narrative and alienates those that see things differently. People begin to tune out. Subscriber numbers plummet, and there begin to be serious whispers about your channel’s long-term viability. What do you do? If your channel is ESPN, you apparently put the mortgage money on black and make it even worse.

As the New York Times shares, the former worldwide leader is being assailed from all sides over its latest safe space-based decision. ESPN has decided to pull a broadcaster from one of its games because it was worried about appearances. The broadcaster was scheduled to call a game for the University of Virginia, but the network was concerned that his name would pour salt in the wounds due to the tragic events in Charlottesville.

The broadcaster is an Asian-American named Robert Lee. ESPN was concerned that viewers would be triggered because his name is close to that of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Yes, this was an actual decision that network came up with. It’s hard to decide what’s more stunning - the decision, or the fact that the network even felt the need to discuss it.

In any event, ESPN’s decision was made public, and the network has been roundly ridiculed. ESPN attempted to make things right by issuing a statement. The network made it worse.

“In that moment it felt right to all parties,” the statement read in part. “It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become such an issue.”

Hello, ESPN. Reality would like you to know that it’s only a topic of conversation because you made it one. How in the world would this even come up if such a foolish decision wasn’t made? Nonetheless, ESPN president John Skipper tried to turn it around and point fingers at those that ran with the story.

“There was never any concern - by anyone, at any level - that Robert Lee’s name would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game,” Skipper said. “Among our Charlotte production staff there was a question as to whether - in these divisive times - Robert’s assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social hectoring and trolling. I’m disappointed that the good intentions of our Charlotte colleagues have been intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda.”

Interesting. So the Charlotte colleagues have their pulse on America and are just super sensitive enough to push forward a political narrative to perhaps further inflame these ‘divisive times’ that Skipper so eloquently pointed out? Makes perfect sense.

How about sticking to sports? Nah, why do that when we have such a large platform to express the views of our choosing? ESPN’s downward spiral continues, and network brass had best right the ship before it’s too late.

Source: HuffPost, The New York Times
Photo: Twitter

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