Throughout President Donald Trump’s Wednesday City Corridor, host Eric Bolling indicated that NFL Corridor of Fame quarterback Brett Favre submitted a video with a query about how professional sports activities can current anti-racism messaging with out alienating followers. The Washington Put up’s Des Bieler used this story as a chance to justify the social justice activism that is pushing followers away from sports activities.
Earlier than reporting the president’s response to Favre’s query (see file photo of Favre), Bieler launched, at size, right into a justification of athletes’ claims that America is systemically racist and their offensive controversial protests.
As an illustration, Bieler begins his unquestioning overview of protest overkill in sports activities by referring to “historic oppression” as a matter of truth. It has been “on the forefront of a nationwide dialog because the killing in Could of George Floyd whereas within the custody of Minneapolis police, and when the NBA returned to play in July, the league took a number of steps to lift consciousness of systemic racism.”
The phrases “Black Lives Matter” had been prominently displayed on NBA taking part in courts. As an alternative of carrying uniforms that displayed their names, NBA gamers wore social justice phrases, resembling “I can not breathe” and “Say her title.” Bieler listed a number of of those phrases to verify few protest slogans had been left behind.
Bieler turned to the NFL to remind readers of the “Finish racism” and “It takes all of us” messages in all of its finish zones. Oh, and simply in case anybody had forgotten, he listed among the slogans professional soccer gamers are carrying on their helmets — “Black Lives Matter,” “Cease hate,” “Finish racism” and extra.
Additionally to not be forgotten or listed earlier than getting round to Trump’s response to Favre, is Bieler’s insertion of a reminder that athletes within the NBA, NHL, NFL, Main League Baseball and Main League Soccer have (disrespectfully) kneeled throughout the nationwide anthem. Which athletes have become a ritual geared toward dishonoring America.
A Washington Put up story about portray America as a racist nation wouldn’t be full with out point out of the infamous Colin Kaepernick. Bieler notes that this yr’s anthem kneelers are reviving the demonstration of Kaepernick, who “impressed different athletes to do the identical.” President Trump condemned him and criticized participant protests.
By the point Bieler really finishes wading by means of the offensive, fan-alienating historical past of protests damaging sports activities fan bases and will get to Trump’s response to Favre, it is like a mere afterthought.
The president refers to Favre as “an amazing man,” “a champion” and “a winner.” Then he says:
“Folks do not need to see the entire politics. They have sufficient politics with me and all people else. They usually do not need to see it with soccer or sports activities, on Sunday or every time they occur to be watching.”
President Trump mentioned the NBA Finals TV scores had been down 70 % this yr, and Bieler corrected that to 49 % (a horrible quantity regardless!). Like different sports activities media lemmings, Bieler presents the usual narrative that the NBA Finals dropped like a rock as a result of it didn’t happen throughout its conventional June time interval.
Bieler provides the NFL’s 13-percent drop-off by means of 5 weeks of the 2020 season, however excuses away the potential for radical activism turning off sports activities viewers in droves.:
“These decreases in viewership probably cannot be attributed solely to exhibits of social activism by sports activities leagues, significantly provided that they signify the continuation of years-long developments, which can have been exacerbated throughout the pandemic.”
You may whack Left-stream media over the top with the reality, however it seldom makes an influence on their self-defeating arguments. 2020 is the fifth season of athlete protest, which constitutes a “years-long” development of declining fan curiosity.