ESPN swears it doesn’t have a progressive agenda even though viewers know that’s a lie.
The network has shed many conservative personalities while shielding leftists like Jemele Hill who have made absurd and offensive statements.
Now the latest radical and divisive comment from an ESPN host should prove once and for all the network has a clear agenda.
Left-wing ESPN host Max Kellerman has made political comments railing against President Trump in the past, but Kellerman outdid himself this time.
On his show “First Take,” Kellerman essentially tried to shame any of the Philadelphia Eagles players who were planning to attend the customary White House visit.
Friday during an ESPN “First Take” debate about whether the Philadelphia Eagles should visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl LII victory, co-host Max Kellerman went on an unhinged rant about why the team should go, including if the team is “comfortable” visiting a president who has “demonized immigrants” and has “used the office for personal enrichment.”
Partial transcript of Kellerman as follows:
Should the Eagles go to the White House? Absolutely they should — if they are comfortable with a chief executive who has undermined the institutions that have preserved the American way: a free press, an independent Justice Department, et cetera. If they are comfortable with that, then they should go. If they are comfortable with a chief executive who has demonized immigrants, they should go to the White House. Absolutely they should go.
If they are comfortable with a president who has repeatedly and brazenly lied since taking office over 3,000 times, by the count of independent counters of these things, then they should go. If they are comfortable with a chief executive whose business associates have been indicted at an unprecedented rate, then they should go — with a chief executive who used the office for personal enrichment, then sure, they should go.
And with a chief executive who has an ongoing investigation into his administration, then they should go to the White House. I won’t even bring up appeals to ethno-nationalism, or anything like that. If they are comfortable with that chief executive, then they should by all means normalize the existence of that kind of administration by attending the White House, sure.
First, Kellerman’s statement is political hackwork. It’s doubtful he objected to Barack Obama referring to Fox Newsas “Faux News,” or actually jailing dozens of journalists (Trump has jailed none), or weaponizing the IRS against conservatives, or using executive privilege to shield Eric Holder from prosecution after he was held in contempt of Congress, or lying about Obamacare, or lying about the Iran deal, et cetera.
Second, even Anti-American anthem protester Malcolm Jenkins, who will not attend the ceremony, took a more professional and diplomatic approach than Kellerman.
Among the players who won’t be attending are anthem protester and Players Coalition leader Malcolm Jennings…
“I don’t want to take away from anybody’s experience or make it a big distraction. It is a celebratory event. I want the guys who chose to go to enjoy that. There are a lot of veterans who attend that, that are fans of ours, that want to enjoy it,” Jenkins told the paper. “Me personally, because it is not a meeting or a sit down or anything like that, I’m just not interested in the photo op. So I am choosing not to go for the photo op. Over the last two years I have been meeting with legislators, both republican and democrat. Don’t matter — if you wanna meet to talk about advancing our communities, changing our countries, I am all for that. This isn’t one of those meetings. So I’ll opt out of the photo opportunity.”
At least Jenkins realizes that people may have valid political opinions that differ from his. Sadly Kellerman, a professional journalist, doesn’t extend that same type of courtesy.
ESPN’s commentary shows are slowly devolving into propaganda programming, mirroring the decline of late-nite comedy shows.