ESPN continues to lose viewership and credibility as it pushes a leftist agenda that none of its watchers seem to want.
The progressive culture not only manifested itself on camera, but behind it. One anonymous employee said people were afraid to have Fox News on the television in the break room.
Now a former employee publicly stated what many already suspected to be true: ESPN generally stifles conservative voices.
Britt McHenry says her views as a conservative are what led to her termination.
Two months out of the picture, Britt McHenry briefly reinserted herself into the ESPN drama — before attempting to cover it up.
The sports reporter, who was one of approximately 100 employees ESPN let go in April, suggested in a since-deleted Twitter comment Monday she knows why the Worldwide Leader sent her packing: She’s a conservative at what she apparently sees as a liberal network.
“I mean I’ve been openly Conservative… look how that ended up…” McHenry wrote in response to a tweet slamming ESPN for arguing it’s not liberal, according to a screengrab from The Big Lead.
McHenry’s political reasoning comes at a time when ESPN’s supposedly liberal-leaning content has been widely debated, even inside Bristol.
In the week following the network’s layoffs, “SportsCenter” anchor Linda Cohn agreed with a radio host who wondered whether ESPN’s politics was hurting its ratings and thus its capacity to pay its employees’ salaries.
Earlier this month, ESPN issued a press release, interestingly at the same time it rehired conservative firebrand Hank Williams Jr., that tried to clear its name of a political bent. An ESPN-commissioned study determined that ESPN is “getting it right” in its combination of sports and political content, the network announced.
That’s laughable considering ESPN’s ombudsman suggested the network may be tilting too far to the left and alienating conservative viewers.
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McHenry has been both vocal and closeted in her political views. The 31-year-old attended a GOP event last December, for example, and captured the night in a photo of her and Paul Ryan she posted to her Instagram account — which she subsequently deleted.
Last week, McHenry subtly “liked” another reporter’s tweet mocking Colin Kaepernick for speaking out against the recent acquittals of police officers in the shootings of black men.
McHenry still is searching for work after she spent three years serving as a correspondent on various ESPN shows, including “SportsCenter” and “NFL Live.”
The New Jersey native cast a pall over her blossoming sports television career in 2015, when she was caught on camera verbally assaulting a towing company employee and suspended by ESPN — for a total of one week.
McHenry issued a lengthy apology in December, in which she gave her side of the ugly scene.
Former ESPN reporter Jason Whitlock recently said one of the problems the network has is that too much power is given to the Human Resources department, and it must placate various blocs and agendas within the company.
As ESPN continues to be “woke,” people will continue to steer clear of the network and call it out for its bias.