If Dan Snyder and the NFL don’t change the name of the Washington Redskins, people will die. At least that’s what Keith Olbermann ranted during his ESPN show Wednesday afternoon. How did he come to this conclusion? By comparing it to the Confederate flag, of course.
Perhaps you've seen it -- the photo of Noah Galloway, a double-amputee veteran of the Iraq war and crowd-pleasing contestant on Dancing With the Stars, with this caption -- "Caitlyn Jenner won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The runner up was this guy: Army Veteran Noah Galloway, who lost an arm and leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, and now competes in Crossfit events, runs marathons, and competed in the 58-hour Death Race."
The photo went viral across social media after ESPN announced on Monday that it will present an ESPY Award to '76 Olympic decathlon winner, Kardashian stepdad and miracle of makeup artistry formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
“Dad, what’s ‘humor?’
“Well, it was a way of talking about things – mixing truth with absurdity or irony – that helped us navigate uncomfortable issues. It made people smile and laugh. They even allowed it in the media sometimes. But that was all long ago, before the Rise of the Perpetually Offended.”
If you think that conversation is far-fetched, get a load of USA Today’s Ted Berg. Berg got sniffy about an exchange on Washington, DC’s 106.7 The Fan between the hosts and Washington Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan, who jokingly discussed what position Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper might play if he played in the NFL.
Remember “#BringBackOurGirls?” It was the relentlessly hyped and utterly silly Twitter campaign aimed at the African Islamist terror group Boko Haram. It’s hard to know if anyone actually thought tweets would get radical Islamists to release the nearly 300 Christian girls abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. But it did allow Western liberals to advertise their sympathy. And ineffectualness.
First Lady Michelle Obama was one of the most prominent liberals involved. She was photographed holding a card bearing #BringBackOutGirls, underscored by her sad face – which became the face of “hashtag activism.”
At NewsBusters this morning, Matthew Philbin posted on how Michael Eric Dyson, in a guest appearance on MSNBC (where else?), placed a great deal of blame for Baltimore's blight on "the ways in which the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles with their tax-exempt status were given tremendous goodies to stay into the city."
It would be reasonable to believe that Dyson, who has revealed a vengeful streak in the recent past, is quite pleased at the financial losses the Orioles, their employees, and businesses in the vicinity are being forced to absorb. Thanks to arguably necessary decisions made today, they will continue.
On Tuesday’s Washington D.C. ESPN 980’s “The Tony Kornheiser Show,” host and Obama golfing buddy Tony Kornheiser let fly with an inferno of silly in reaction to Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) announcement that he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
It ain’t just you. Politics and ideology really are encroaching more on your favorite diversions, especially sports. And you can thank the usual suspects: journalists.
From Michael Sam to the Redskins to gun control and race relations, the very liberal sports media increasingly inject their preoccupations into their coverage. They just can’t leave you alone to enjoy the game – they have to “raise your consciousness.”
ESPN hosts and guests talk Ferguson and show why they should stick to sports.
Cut from two NFL teams? Want to be Man of the Year?
Christian QB leads prayer on set of SEC Nation. Christian recording artist Tanner Clark was on set and snapped a photo, which he shared on social media.
Filling in for Alex Wagner on her MSNBC show Wednesday, Luke Russert had a segment on NFL player and defensive end Michael Sam, who was signed earlier in the day to the Dallas Cowboys after being released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. Russert opined that the reason there was a delay before Sam was signed by another team was not because of any media “distractions" or that he was not a good enough player, but it was “probably because he’s gay.”
In the first portion of the over five-minute-long segment, Russert cited reports from anonymous NFL general managers to two sports media outlets that teams wanted to sign Sam, but “fear[ed] the media attention” and “the circus coming to town” in additional media. [See video below]
The ESPN-affiliated, Bill Simmons-run website Grantland, which specializes in sports and popular culture, claimed on Friday that Fox News Channel is a major source of what Simmons calls “unintentional comedy” (or maybe "subconscious comedy" would be more accurate).
In a feature about the history and influence of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment, Grantland staff writer Brian Phillips opined that “the structure of Fox News is so deeply and basically comic that it’s impossible not to read it into the tradition of news satire” and that “like ‘Weekend Update,’ Fox succeeded by taking the elements of a normal news broadcast and exaggerating them to ludicrous proportions.”