Over the years, no television network has been more synonymous with bias than FOX News.
Refusing to give any recognition to liberal ideology, FOX has been caught red-handed making backwards, archaic statements that have stirred the political pot.
Whatever your stance on FOX is, I’m not here to change it. In this great country we live in, we have the freedom to watch whatever we like on TV and say whatever we like on it. It’s beautiful really.
But what isn’t beautiful is ESPN’s coverage (or lack thereof) on certain topics, events and issues. In my mind, they’re even worse than FOX. Not so much because of their slanted view on sports, but because of their lack of competitors.
ESPN essentially has a monopoly on sports news television. Sure there’s NBC Sports network (which is great), but other than that, what other television station can you turn on and see sports news 24/7?
There’s MLB Network, NFL Network and others, but when people want to hear about sports, they turn the channel to ESPN. It’s that simple. And to applaud ESPN, they do a fantastic job of capitalizing on the position they find themselves in.
The politics of the issue are simple and apparent: ESPN has millions of viewers tune in each day, so they tell those millions what they want to hear. Unfortunately for the avid sports fan, it’s the same garbage every single day.
I’ll admit that despite my frustration with the four letter network, I’m an avid viewer. I have recently begun watching much more NBCSN because the Dan Patrick Show is miles better than SportsCenter, but I still do watch ESPN.
This week, however, has turned me off to the “Mothership” in more ways than one. First of all, I’ve had to hear about injured NFL players to such an extent that I’m starting to believe it’s my ACL that’s torn and not Sam Bradford’s.
The dude’s hurt. I feel bad. Now get on with the show and tell me something new! I’m terribly sorry that Jermichael Finley wound up in the hospital after a hit he sustained Sunday. But I certainly don’t want to hear about it for an entire week. The guy gets paid how much? He’ll be fine.
That’s the problem with ESPN. They can’t talk about anything besides the NFL the same way FOX can’t talk about anything besides how much they want to assassinate Barack Obama.
While Bradford and Finley have been getting all the press because of their injuries that, by the way, they will likely both make a full recovery from and live normal lives with, there most anticipated NHL season in history is ten games in.
And nobody, and I mean nobody, on ESPN wants to talk about it.
And what about the Adrian Peterson “tragedy” last week? Before you crucify me, the quotes are there because the tragedy wasn’t about AP, it was about his son. The kid was beaten to death by his mom’s boyfriend because Peterson bailed on him. Maybe if AP had been in the kid’s life at all, this wouldn’t have happened.
I’m not saying that’s the case or not, but the issue here is that ESPN reported it as a sad story that focused on how sorry they felt for AP and how this terrible event in his life would affect him.
Isn’t the fact that the reigning NFL MVP has a 2-year-old, illegitimate son despite being married worth reporting?
I can’t really hate on ESPN for that just like I can’t hate on FOX for doing what they do. If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense and these two networks are among the richest in the world.
But what I can do is educate you on why they’re both the scum of the earth.
Ok, “scum of the earth” is a bit strong. I got caught up in the heat of the moment and my adrenaline was still pumping.
Oh hell. Looks like I’ve been watching the Nick Aliotti apology too much. I wonder why…
The reason why I’m no longer an ESPN guy is because they are flat out biased and choose to make their money instead of reporting on the “Wide World of Sports” as they call it. It should be called “The Narrow, NFL-Based World of Sports” because even if the World Series is tomorrow, they’re talking about NFL players’ bum knees.
I’ll be the first to admit that there’s no way I’ll be able to cut ESPN out of my life, because there’s no way I’ll be able to miss Monday Night Football and ESPN has the best fantasy football setup by far. They have great personalities, and their anchors are among the best in the world.
I can’t convince you to turn off the only sports outlet you’ve ever known, so I won’t try.
Just know that you’re not getting the full story, you’re getting the politicized, ESPN version of it.
Just like when you watch FOX News.
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