ESPN has become an echo chamber of left-wing propaganda.
Conservative voices like Curt Schilling, Mike Ditka, and Brit McHenry were purged for their views.
However, one outspoken conservative remains at the network, and he isn’t afraid to call out left-wing nonsense when he sees it.
Will Cain is a conservative island in a sea of liberalism. While everyone rushed to praise LeBron James and Gregg Popovich for his insipid political, Cain was willing to go against the grain.
ESPN is rightfully accused of being a left-leaning sports cable network, but lately many have employed some whataboutism by noting that the outlet does have one conservative employee in commentator Will Cain.
The Will Cain Show debuted on ESPN radio this year, and Cain has become a much-needed addition to the network’s First Take, Sparring with hosts Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Molly Qerim, Sporting News notes.
While he is only a recent addition to ESPN having floated around as a contributor since 2015, but only having his own show starting this year, Cain has contributed opinion among conservatives for a decade. Before signing on with ESPN as a fill-in host in 2015, Cain worked for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and contributed to National Review. In addition, Cain spent some time on CNN filling in for left-winger Soledad O’Brien’s CNN show Starting Point and other stints. Cain has also mixed it up during visits to ABC’s The View, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, various Fox News programs, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
The Texas-born ESPNer has at times defended pro football, scoffed at those trying to end tackle football for kids and come to the side of those defending team names such as the Washington Redskins and other names targeted by PC activists.
“I want the Will Cain Show to be a place where nothing goes unchecked, nothing goes unchallenged,” Cain told Sporting News. “Too much of our media, and not just sports media, but media, in general, is one where the people with the voices live in glass houses. They feel like their opinions are either above challenge or that they’re incapable of withstanding challenge.”
But it is telling that ESPN and its flacks now point to ESPN’s single conservative to defeat claims that ESPN is a liberal network. When you have only one commentator who is perceived as conservative and dozens that are liberal, you are pretty much admitting that ESPN is a liberal network that has a token conservative. The existence of Cain on ESPN is the exception that proves the rule.
Cain was next asked about the recent controversy over Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s taunt to basketball’s LeBron James whom she told to “shut up and dribble,” and to stop his constant blather about politics.
Cain said that he is tired of people calling opponents racists and saying they are immoral just because there is a political disagreement.
“What I’m unwilling to do, and I’d like to think I’m very consistent on this, is to read into someone’s intention and character, so when I go on First Take, or on the Will Cain Show, to talk about LeBron and Laura Ingraham, the first thing I want to say is we can’t just go about castigating everybody we disagree with. We can’t make them immoral. We can say they’re wrong. Sometimes just being wrong is a heavy enough hammer, right?
[Spurs coach] Gregg Popovich was right about many things he said about LeBron. LeBron’s story is absolutely inspiring and uplifting. LeBron is an absolutely amazing basketball player, among the greatest of all times. But none of them inoculate him from criticism if he ventures into these areas. I think it’s condescending to say, “Well, he’s above criticism,” or, “We shouldn’t question LeBron James.” No, it’s respectful to engage and say, “This is why he’s wrong, and this is what he’s wrong about.”
ESPN has chosen to double down on its progressive agenda, so there’s no telling if Cain will eventually be marginalized due to politics.
In the meantime, anyone who stumbles across the network will have one sportscaster who’s unwilling to toe the company line.