ESPN has become infested with “woke” politics.
Conservative voices have slowly been purged from the network.
But a liberal ESPN host went on Fox News and said one shocking thing.
First Take co-host Stephen A. Smith has built a reputation for making bombastic statements on the air.
He—along with the entire corporate press—recently smeared BYU as racist after Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson claimed a fan hurled racial epithets at her throughout the match.
Nobody could corroborate the story, but that didn’t stop Smith and other journalists from jumping on that narrative.
However, Smith had liberals raising their eyebrows when he made an appearance on Fox News with Jesse Watters.
Watters asked Smith about the growing crime problem in the country, and Smith blamed “progressive” policies.
Smith explained, “There is no question that a lot of these issues need to be addressed. There is no question that we should be against an extremely progressive agenda that’s calling for people to be released from prison on multiple occasions. That’s ignoring a lot of crime that’s taking place in the streets.”
That statement alone flies in the face of the Democrats’ “defund the police” movement.
With the midterms rapidly approaching, liberals have attempted to distance themselves from the radical far-left rhetoric.
Smith didn’t stop there and added that if he were president, he would “be big time against crime.”
Unfortunately for the Democrats, they have tied themselves to nonsensical criminal justice reform policies.
For example, Democrats want to arbitrarily lower prison populations regardless of the violent crime rate.
Letting repeat violent offenders out of prison might improve the prison stats, but it creates more victims of violent crime.
Smith added, “I wouldn’t want my family traveling on the New York subway. The New York subway system … you are damn right I got a problem with that.”
Smith isn’t alone in that regard; New York Mayor Eric Adams said something similar on his first day on the job.
Adams confessed, “On day one, I took the subway system, I felt unsafe. I saw homeless everywhere. People were yelling on the trains. There was a feeling of disorder. So as we deal with the crime problem, we also have to deal with the fact people feel unsafe.”
Smith turned his attention from New York to Los Angeles and talked about the horrible job California Governor Gavin Newsom is doing.
He continued, “I was in LA [last week] and saw the homelessness that existed. I got an issue with that. Certainly, when you look at Gavin Newsom and some of the policies that he’s put forth…you’re talking about a lot of different things that need to be addressed.”
When Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, he promised to eliminate homelessness.
Now that he’s governor, homelessness is as bad as it’s ever been in the state.
Smith committed a sin on the Left by not only going on Fox News, but saying things that sound mildly conservative.
Too many appearances like that, and Smith could find himself “canceled.”