Jason Whitlock on ESPN’s Struggles: Their ‘Culture’ Is if You’re Conservative or Moderate, You’re Afraid to Express Opinions


Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox Sports 1’s Jason Whitlock weighed in on his former employer ESPN’s declining viewership over recent years. Whitlock acknowledged that many people have been cord cutting over the years, but said some of the “animosity” towards ESPN is “their lurch to the left and injecting progressive victimology into the sports conversation,” which he noted is not a mentality taught in sports. Carlson then asked how the company’s employees feel about ESPN’s move to the left. According to Whitlock, conservative and moderate employees are “afraid” to express their traditional values. “I think a lot of them are just now starting to figure out the ramifications of this, and I think there’s been some complaints from some of their employees like, ‘Hey, look, we’re afraid to express that we have traditional sports culture, traditional values,” Whitlock responded. He continued, “Their ombudsman has written about a culture within ESPN where if you’re slightly conservative or moderate, you’re afraid to express an opinion inside there. It’s a real problem at ESPN and within all of major corporations and everything has gone PC. Everything. Everybody’s afraid, ‘Oh, my God, we can’t upset anybody.’ You’re silencing people — it’s
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ESPN’s Wilbon on Kaepernick: ‘This Is a Blackball — There’s No Question About It’


Thursday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike,” ESPN personality Michael Wilbon weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s status as a free agent with NFL teams beginning the offseason’s organized team activities. Wilbon accused NFL owners of blackballing Kaepernick over his national anthem protest, reasoning that other quarterbacks being signed to backup duties have inferior résumés in comparison. “[T]his is a blackball. There’s no question about it. And I’m not going to entertain people who say, ‘Well, do you have any proof?’ Yeah, I’ve got my eyes and ears. And you’ve got people being signed who have no résumé that matches or comes close to his,” Wilbon stated. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Watch: Tebow Ends Long Power Drought, Mashes Third Homer of Season

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Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow hit two home runs over the course of his first three minor league games in early April. Since then, the former Heisman winner had gone without a homer. Tebow ended that drought Sunday when he sent a 1-0 pitch deep over the left-center wall for his third home run of the season, breaking a 31-game streak. The 29-year-old New York Mets prospect is hitting .230 in his first season in the minors. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Bob Schieffer on Trump Saudi Arabia Speech: ‘He Actually Sounded Presidential’


Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” long-time CBS News personality Bob Schieffer reacted to President Donald Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, praising him for sounding “presidential” while calling for Muslim countries to unite in combating terrorism. “He actually sounded presidential,” Schieffer told “Reliable Sources” fill-in host John Berman of Trump. “You may agree or disagree with what he said, but he sounded like a president. He laid out his vision, he called for help from those in the Muslim world — it was a much different kind of presentation.” Later, Schieffer added, “He didn’t sound like the guy at the end of the bar popping off. He sounded like someone who had actually thought he was going to say before he said it.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Watch: Boxer’s Uncle Sucker Punches Opponent After Controversial Ending


Some punches were thrown before and after Saturday’s boxing matchup between Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui. While battling for the super middleweight title, Uzcategui dropped Dirrell with a big blow right after the bell rang to end the eighth round, disqualifying him. Super Middleweight José Uzcátegui drops @andredirrell after the bell. Uzcátegui get disqualified by the referee. pic.twitter.com/8nWVlb3aGw — SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) May 21, 2017 After the fight, Dirrell’s uncle and cornerman, Leon Lawson, punched an unsuspecting Uzcategui in the jaw. Lawson is now reportedly wanted by police after his vicious post-game attack. Dirrell’s uncle, Leon Lawson, who punched Uzcategui after the fight was over, is wanted by cops and they dont know where he is. — Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) May 21, 2017 “I’m sorry for what my coach has done,” Dirrell said via ESPN. “My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried. He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him. I’m going to stand up like a man. I didn’t win like I wanted to, but I’ll be back. I’m going to come back as soon as they let me.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Coulter: Saudi Arabia Gave Trump Warmer Reception Than ‘Beta Male’ Obama Because He’s a ‘Strong Alpha Male’


Author Ann Coulter reacted Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice” to how Saudi Arabia welcomed President Donald Trump this weekend, saying they respect Trump because he is a “strong alpha male leader,” as opposed to “beta male” former President Barack Obama. “I like the fact because [Trump] is a strong alpha male leader, that the Arabs respect him,” Coulter said to host Judge Jeanine Pirro. “They don’t respect the beta male Obama. And you see that. He’s getting a warmer reception. In fact, they probably like that radical Islam stuff. I don’t think they mind. MSNBC was going crazy, ‘They will be so upset with the Muslim ban.’ No, Saudi Arabia bans Christians, what do they care? They understand the idea of sovereign nations.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Watch: Alec Baldwin as Trump Sings ‘Hallelujah’ in SNL Season Finale Cold Open


In the “Saturday Night Live” season 42 finale, Alec Baldwin playing the role of President Donald Trump sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which the show had Kate McKinnon cover as Hillary Clinton in the show after she lost the election to Trump. As Baldwin sang, SNL cast members dressed as Trump’s family members and also Vice President Mike Pence, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, the Grim Reaper and Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined in. “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Baldwin stated. “But I can’t speak for these people.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Joy Reid: Trump Seems to ‘Emulate Russian Oligarchs’


MSNBC’s Joy Reid said Saturday on “AM Joy” that President Donald Trump has an “affinity for all things Russia,” adding that he seems to “emulate Russian oligarchs.” “One of the sort of things about Donald Trump that people learned when he ran for president is that he does have this long-standing kind of affinity for all things Russia,” Reid stated. “He’s done a lot of business there, his son bragged about a lot of their business coming from Russia, a lot of their condos were bought by either Russian LLCs or Russian humans, his $90 million sale of a house in Florida — but there is this sense in which he kind of seems to at least admire, if not emulate, Russian oligarchs.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin: Dems Will Take the House in 2018 and Then Push to Impeach Trump


Saturday, The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin predicted on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” that the Democrats will take control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections and then move to impeach President Donald Trump. Host Joy Reid asked, “I want to do a quick round robin and take your guys’ temperature on the likelihood of impeachment — impeachment with Republicans leading it, impeachment with Democrats leading it, or no impeachment at all. Jennifer Rubin, what of those three things do you think will happen?” “I think the Republicans will lose the House in 2018 and the Democrats will move to impeach,” Rubin responded. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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MoveOn Spox: ‘Trump Should Not Be Allowed to Pick the New FBI Director’


MoveOn.org senior adviser and national spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre argued Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” that President Donald Trump “should not be allowed to pick the new FBI Director,” reasoning that the president will just choose someone who will be loyal to him. “[G]iven everything we’ve seen this week, just this week alone, Donald Trump should not be allowed to pick the new FBI director,” Jean-Pierre told host Joy Reid. “It just should not be happening. We all know what he’s looking for. He’s looking for loyalty, not loyalty to the nation, not loyalty to the rule of the law or the Constitution, but to Donald Trump. and therefore, he is not — he shouldn’t just be doing this pick at all. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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