Sports have forever been corrupted by politics.
Now journalists who cover the NBA are expected to have hot takes about policy issues.
And a fired ESPN reporter made one head-shaking comment about Queen Elizabeth.
Many people around the world honored the life of Queen Elizabeth II upon her death at 96 years of age.
But many on the left wasted no time spitting on her grave.
Even though the British monarchy has been ceremonial throughout her reign, Queen Elizabeth has been viewed as a symbol of European colonialism, which is why leftists are cheerful over her passing.
And some in the corporate press have voiced lukewarm sympathies toward her.
Former ESPN reporter Jemele Hill—who split from the network after her Trump Derangement Syndrome tanked SportsCenter’s rankings—wrote, “Journalists are tasked with putting legacies into full context, so it is entirely appropriate to examine the queen and her role in the devastating impact of continued colonialism.”
Journalists are tasked with putting legacies into full context, so it is entirely appropriate to examine the queen and her role in the devastating impact of continued colonialism.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 8, 2022
Hill wasn’t alone in her antipathy for Queen Elizabeth.
The New York Times wrote a piece titled, “Mourn the Queen, Not Her Empire,” that included the passage: “What you would never know from the pictures — which is partly their point — is the violence that lies behind them. In 1948 the colonial governor of Malaya declared a state of emergency to fight communist guerrillas, and British troops used counterinsurgency tactics the Americans would emulate in Vietnam.”
Modern-day Democrats don’t even hide the fact they have a soft spot for communism.
For comparison, The Times was much more broken up over the death of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
The Times ran a headline that read, “Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Reformist Soviet Leader, Is Dead at 91,” and in the piece argued that “adopting principles of glasnost and perestroika, he weighed the legacy of seven decades of Communist rule and set a new course, presiding over the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the U.S.S.R.”
So the British Empire was brutal and oppressive and colonialist, but not the Soviet Empire that was responsible for millions of deaths.
The countries that lived under the iron curtain would beg to differ.
The so-called mainstream media has a nasty habit of doing this.
After the death of the leader of ISIS, The Washington Post wrote, “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
When Iran’s chief terror strategist was killed in a missile strike, The Times wrote, “Qassim Suleimani, Master of Iran’s Intrigue and Force, Dies at 62.”
However, when former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche died, the paper wrote, “Sam Wyche, who was the last coach to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl, but who was later fined by the National Football League for barring a female reporter from the team’s locker room, has died.”
Terrorists and communist dictators get more empathetic obituaries than a football coach and a ceremonial queen.