ESPN has become a breeding ground for liberal propaganda.
Anytime the worldwide leader in sports can squeeze in some anti-Trump propaganda they do so.
And now the new president of ESPN just made an announcement about their liberal bias.
Everyone knows that ESPN’s liberal rhetoric has become insufferable.
While they still hold the title as the “worldwide leader in sports,” they may not hold it much longer unless major changes are made.
One change they did make was hiring conservative sports analyst Will Cain to offset the perception of their progressive agenda.
Cain started on First Take as a contributor and now has his own show between 3 and 6pm EST on ESPN News.
Allegedly, Cain is not popular with his colleagues because he is a conservative, which is something he has talked about on his show.
It seems like Cain is the lone wolf among a pack of liberals.
But according to the new president of ESPN, the network has not become a “political organization”—despite having an overwhelming majority of liberal talking-heads.
“In a recent company meeting, ESPN’s new President James Pitaro said that he does not believe that the sports cable network is a “political organization,” and that their focus should be on the “sports fan.”
During the company meeting at ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut, headquarters; the former Disney consumer products chairman addressed the long-time accusation that the network is swathed in left-wing bias, ESPN’s Front Row reported.
With his comments, it appears that Pitaro is not overly concerned by the bias, but still wants employees to put sports first:
In response to an employee question regarding the perception of liberal bias at ESPN, Pitaro said, “I do not believe that we are a political organization. I know that a lot of conversation has happened within this company in the past year and I believe that we netted out in the right place, which is we are a sports media company.
Of course, there is going to continue to be an intersection of between sports and politics and we’re going to continue to cover that. We’re going to cover it fairly and honestly. But we are focused on serving the sports fan.”
Pitaro’s comments seem little different from the pronouncements made by recently resigned ESPN boss, John Skipper, who only a few months ago hosted another company-wide meeting to reiterate the company’s social media policy forbidding overtly controversial political content.
Skipper gravely pointed out that the policy maintains that ESPN is about sports news, and “front facing” employees should “refrain in any public-facing forum from taking positions on political or social issues, candidates or office holders.”
The policy also instructs employees to comment on politics only when it pertains to a particular sports issue. Finally, the policy supposedly requires employees to check with senior management, editors, and producers before getting into politics.
While this multilayer approach to airing political commentary might seem comprehensive, the network has not much bothered to hold employees to the rules. For instance, nothing happened to ESPN’s Jemele Hill when she called Republicans and President Donald Trump, a bunch of “white supremacists.”
Despite a two-week suspension for urging a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys over her disagreement with owner Jerry Jones’s politics, Hill has continued spouting off on politics with abandon.
But with these new comments from yet another new head of ESPN, it doesn’t seem like anything has changed.
Pitaro has also been scrambling to address another crisis left behind by former ESPN chief Skipper as the once close relationship between the National Football League and ESPN has soured likely because the network has pursued stories that tend to damage the league.”
When Pitaro says “we’re going to cover it fairly and honestly,” we all know what he actually means.
It will still be anti-Trump all the way, that is, unless they plan on replacing a majority of their on-air personalities.