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For ESPN, Entertainment Comes Before Sports.

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Not since Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox accidentally swore on the air has anyone said anything even remotely interesting in a live interview during a Baseball game. So why do ESPN (and Fox) subject viewers to such unnecessary drivel?

It’s the same lightweight banter that we encounter with nearly every postgame interview. Like any good trial attorney, the announcer will never ask a question if they don’t already know what the answer will be.

But unlike the postgame interview, we can’t change the channel (or turn the TV off) for fear of missing something, since the game is being played even as they present the interview.

Of course, thanks to Bobby Cox, the interview is usually now recorded between innings and broadcast several minutes later–while we’re trying to concentrate on the action on the field.

It just serves to remind us that, for ESPN, Entertainment comes before Sports.

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July 31, 2017 at 7:19 am

CNN: No Comment Regarding Imran Awan News Blackout

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Search CNN.com for the phrase “Russian Meddling” and CNN will be happy to present you with dozens of recent news articles they have produced about Russia’s alleged “election hacking”.

Search CNN.com for the phrase “Imran Awan” and CNN will be happy to present you with… Nothing.

24 hours after House Democrats’ IT staffer Imran Awan was apprehended on bank fraud charges while trying to flee the country, CNN tells its readers and viewers, “Move along, nothing here to see…”

As of 8:30 am ET Wednesday, CNN had not yet produced a single report on the arrest. CNN representatives refused  to respond to widespread public allegations of an internal ban on reporting the story, which has far-reaching implications for the Democratic party. Awan was employed by former Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

 

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July 26, 2017 at 7:42 am

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What does WSOC-TV have against veterans?

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In an article entitled, “Police: 86-year-old vet charged with child sex crimes”, WSOC TV in Charlotte reports:

    “An 86-year-old Gastonia veteran is accused of indecent liberties with a 13-year-old girl.”

Why did WSOC point out–in their headline, no less–that the alleged pervert is a veteran?

What purpose could this possibly serve, other than to smear veterans as a whole?

 

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April 23, 2015 at 7:41 am

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Hillary on Benghazi: That Awful Internet Video

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at a memorial service for Benghazi victims September 14, 2012:

We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

The full State Department transcript is available here.

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May 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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The New Yorker’s John Cassidy: More Gun Deaths Would Be Better

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The New Yorker’s John Cassidy laments that the Boston bombers did not use guns instead of bombs.

If they had used guns, he reasons, they would have killed far more people…

Well, for one thing, the brothers would probably have killed a lot more than three people at the marathon. AR-15s can fire up to forty-five rounds a minute, and at close range they can tear apart a human body. If the Tsarnaevs had started firing near the finish line, they might easily have killed dozens of spectators and runners before fleeing or being shot by the police.

…and therefore increased the chances for stricter gun-control laws…

Maybe I am wrong about how things would have played out. But the country, or large parts of it, would finally have been forced to confront its cognitive dissonance about gun violence and terrorism, which, at the very least, would have been educational.

It’s good to know that Mr. Cassidy is so open and honest about his willingness—eagerness, even—to sacrifice “dozens of spectators and runners” in order to achieve his political objectives.

Have you no decency, Mr. Cassidy?

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April 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

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Aaron Swartz was killed by… Aaron Swartz

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Aaron Swartz’ father says that Swartz was killed by the government:

Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said.

Aaron’s death is a tragedy, but the fact remains that he chose to end his own life.

Many people in this world face difficult situations without killing themselves.

Federal prosecutors and MIT officials may be guilty of many things, but not the death of Aaron Swartz.

Remember Aaron, honor him, and use his death to bring about a greater good. But don’t blame anyone but Aaron for what he chose to do.

 

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January 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

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Al Gore Sells Current TV to Islamic News Network

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Yahoo News reports that former Democratic VP Al Gore has sold his struggling Current TV channel to Islamic news network Al-Jazeera:

The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shared Current TV’s mission “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling.”

But Time Warner Cable refuses to be a party to The Two Als’ effort to spread anti-American propaganda:

The deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable Inc., the nation’s second-largest cable TV operator, announced it would drop Current TV due to the deal… “Our agreement with Current has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service. We are removing the service as quickly as possible,” the company said in a statement.

And “anti-American propaganda” is certainly the right term for it:

Dave Marash, a former “Nightline” reporter who worked for Al-Jazeera in Washington, said he left the network in 2008 in part because he sensed an anti-American bias there.

As a capitalist, I support Mr. Gore’s right to add to his $100 million net worth.

As an American, I’m ashamed of him for doing it this way.

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January 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm

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