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Opinion: ESPN Not CNN

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Kody Malouf
Opinion Editor

ESPN has been pioneering media for decades, they were the first 24 hour sports network. Now they’re leading the charge again of so-called sports networks, covering politics instead of actual sports. ESPN has become a political news network who happens to cover sports. The network champions opinions and free speech, as long as they align with their left-wing agenda. Jemele Hill, the co-host of “SportsCenter”, can tweet “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” and nothing happens. But former ESPN analyst, Curt Schilling, was fired for tweeting a meme about a new transgender bathroom law. The network explained he “violated their policy prohibiting analysts to discuss politics.”
Fivethirtyeight.com is a website hosted by ESPN. It replaced the ground-breaking Grantland, a collection of innovative features that linked sports and pop culture. Fivethirtyeight does something similar, using analytics to dive deeper into sports and the things that surround them. It also has a politics section which is almost exclusively filled with articles like “Reluctant Trump Voters Are Getting More Reluctant,” and “Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost?” Every time I turn on ESPN it’s always Stephen A. Smith yelling about how unfairly Colin Kaepernick is treated or how much Lebron James hates Donald Trump. We as sports fans, want to watch programming about sports, not Stephen A. and Max Kellerman doing their best Rachel Maddow impressions.
ESPN is shooting itself in the foot here. Their ratings are tanking, they’ve had to lay off massive amounts of high-profile employees, and their credibility continues to drop thanks to political incidents like the network pulling an announcer from a University of Virginia football game because his name was Robert Lee… like the confederate general *facepalm*. Ironic that just like ESPN’s champion of all that is good and right, Colin Kaepernick’s career continues to die, as does ESPN itself. Politics is an inescapable fact of everyday life, and sadly I think ESPN is somewhat of a precursor to a growing epidemic of politics invading every aspect of our society. Don’t expect this trend to fade anytime soon.

Staff Picks

What’s your reaction to the presidential election?

Jackson Pool:
Such a surprising outcome, but a very beneficial one for America. Trump taking some of the usual democratic states was extremely unexpected. The secret Trump voters that were too ashamed to express it publicly came through in the end. But the social media today, especially Twitter, is so hostile and entertaining. Hashtags like ‘#NotMyPresident’ and ‘#Trump’, and people saying that Trump supporters support rape and sexual assault? This is what America has come to without even having Trump in the White House, they’re not giving him a chance and comparing him to Hitler. Americans don’t realize how much power Congress has along with the House of Representatives. Trust the process.

Max Collins:
I didn’t like either candidate but I was pretty sure Clinton would win. When Donald Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin from there I knew he had sealed the deal. It was crazy. The strange thing was that many of the counties that once voted Obama turned to Donald Trump’s side this year and it was a major key to his success.  America is changing and it definitely will in the next four years. Even without choosing any sides, I was still nervous myself. Maybe Trump will not do as bad as I think with the stocks still being relatively steady. Let’s make America great again.        

Jack Carson:
I am surprised with this outcome because going into this election no one thought that Trump was going to win. All the polls and the news stations were saying that Clinton was way ahead of trump and that she was going to run away with the presidency. The thing is that when people came out from the polls they said they voted for Clinton because they were probably scared to say they voted for Trump, which was exactly what they did and look who ended up winning the presidency. Some people said that “Oh, i’m not going to vote because Clinton is already going to win” so they didn’t vote, then turns out Trump wins so now what are those guys thinking. Donald Trump. New president.  

Joey Karlik:
Another true underdog story was just made last night and I was happy. I’ve never been a political person, I didn’t really have a side mostly because I am 16. All the polls were around 80% in Hillary’s favor but that quickly changed. It started with the biggest key state, Florida, where he won by 1.3% and sent him off and running. Everyone in my household was nervous. My grandparents are Republicans, my dad is Independent, and my mom is the Democrat. Any other day she would have been hated on, but it happened to be her birthday… birthday well spent right? I certainly thought so.

Nate Eisenhower:
Either way people were going to be upset with the election, but he’s not even in office yet so we should be patient before stating the pros and cons. Hillary supporters claimed they supported America, yet protesters are outside the White House yelling expletives at Trump and burning flags then posting videos of it on social media. With every candidate there will be pros and cons. I’m happy Trump won and will patiently wait to see if he really is going to do some of the bad things he’s said. A true business man will listen to the people around him, so if America wants something different from what he originally came up with, he won’t be ignorant like Hillary. She thought everything she believed was so right and nothing could be better than her policies, that’s not democracy, that’s insanity. Time will only tell what America can be.

Kody Malouf :
President Trump, it sounds weird actually saying it. Nobody gave Donald Trump a chance, from the very beginning he led every poll, but all of the news organizations brushed it off, “those poll numbers don’t translate into success in the primaries”, they said. “Trump will implode in a matter of months.” Then, after Trump proved everyone wrong and won almost every primary and secured the nomination, people once again started saying how he couldn’t beat the Clinton machine, yet he went toe to toe with her in polling for a long time and in three debates. But everyone still counted him out, they just couldn’t get their minds around a Trump presidency. Every polling organization had Trump down and out, even up until Monday! Yet once again, Trump has proven everyone wrong and pulled off the biggest political upset in history, except I expected it all along.

Staff Picks

Staff Picks: Who won the Presidential Debate?

Avery Olson: Who won the debate? Did anyone? After eliminating the zodiac killer and throw-money-towards-colleges Sanders, here we stand. When looking at the two, Hillary and Donald, (Yes, we’re on first name basis) we pick apart the pros and cons between both but looking at all of America… How the heck did we narrow it down to these two hypocrites. Right now media is more focused on making memes out of them than what’s best for us. Is this the future I’m supposed to look forward too?  

Kyra Welker:  I don’t recall watching a Presidential Debate, rather, I watched two grown children quarrel on live television. The majority of the time I truly believed I was watching a comedy show, but in reality these two, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will have their names printed on every ballot across the United States by November. Thank you America for keeping these two in the running to lead our country. Instead… #FeelTheJohnson (Gary Johnson), and maybe then we could have a president who could lead us like a mature adult.

Jacob Smith: In God we DO NOT trust either candidate for president. This debate was pointless, and didn’t get me to lean either way. A debate is not supposed to be a roast, a debate is supposed to be an intellectual confrontation between two adults, not immature children yelling back and forth. Politicians were always thought of as noble people, with values. But this has taken a lot away from the title of being a politician. We need a real leader again. Trudeau, 2016.

Pablo Orta: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump get lost on a deserted island, who stays safe? America!!! I’m glad I ended up having to work so I could avoid watching this whole debate; because after the first thirty minutes of what I would consider to be childish bickering, I lost complete faith in the future of America. I’d rather have Gary Busey as president than have to pick one of these two oafs.

Mey Tuinei: Who won the presidential debate? Those of us who kept the television shut off. To be capable of leading a country, being civilized role models is a given. Social media and these debates perceive Hilary and Donald to be the complete opposite. I stopped caring about the election a long time ago when real candidates crumbled under “Make America Great Again” slogans and a woman whom I would send complaint emails to but we all know how’d that turn out.