He has called Donald Trump a Nazi on too many occasions to count. He has labeled the president a racist, fascist, white supremacist, and every other name in the book. And he actually wrote a book entitled, Trump is a F—ing Crazy Person. And now, Keith Olbermann has been rewarded by getting rehired at his old stomping grounds, ESPN. Seriously.
Yes, one week after the NFL tried to calm stormy seas with its edict on players kneeling during the national anthem, and even in the face of its own dramatically shrinking audience, ESPN has more than doubled down on its left-wing ideology and made a crystal-clear statement: they care more about shoving their anti-Trump, anti-conservative viewpoint down the throats of their viewers than they do about ratings.
Much like their brethren at CNN, the radicals who have taken control of ESPN and turned it into a vessel for the resistance apparently prefer to deliberately whip up another firestorm of protest than try to win back the millions of viewers they have lost over the last couple of years. The hiring of this complete nut-job can be viewed in no other way.
The message to their Trump-supporting, or merely right-of-center viewers, is an unmistakable one-finger salute: you and your kind are not welcome at ESPN. Some marketing strategy.
There was already little doubt about ESPN’s willingness to lecture its viewers on the evils of the 45th president and Republicans in general. More and more of their chat shows have taken aim at Trump. Extreme leftist Jemele Hill called the president a white supremacist on the ESPN website, and though the network publicly apologized, it took no disciplinary action. And now they have obviously dropped any pretense of playing it straight, or of avoiding politics.
But the rantings of Ms. Hill are child’s play when you consider the jaw-dropping stuff Olbermann has written on Twitter since Trump won the 2016 election:
“tell your racist, white supremacist, neo-nazi father to get the f— out of our society….”
“They’re f—ing Nazis, you feeble minded corporate tool.”
“You and @Potus can go f— yourselves, you racist Nazi f—s.”
“it’s the transgendered that bigoted, hateful f— @potus wants to expel”
Given its tight contractual relationship with the NFL as the home of Monday Night Football, you might have reasonably suspected that ESPN would, at a minimum, try to avoid flagrant inflammatory statements about the president. But the hiring of this deranged, hate-filled lunatic who has spent most of his waking hours since the 2016 election on unhinged rants from his mother’s basement (or so it appears) means you would be wrong. Dead wrong.
So for those wavering on whether to give up watching the one-time go-to network for all things sports, or silly enough to believe you could escape politics and your worldly cares by turning to this familiar channel, you can now finally, comfortably add ESPN to your do-not-watch-list.
It’s a shame that this once-respected sports network has now fully disgraced itself, but fear not. As ESPN rose steadily over 35 years since its founding in 1980, before its recent steep decline, so too did several competing and increasingly popular sports channels, such as Fox Sports, NBCSN, and CBSSN. All of those channels and others will be happy to fill the vacuum left by the millions of normal Americans now certain to turn off ESPN – for good.