August 29, 2011, - 4:53 pm

BSPN: ESPN’s Liberal Double Standard for Paul Azinger on Obama

By Debbie Schlussel

If you work at ESPN, you can utter all the liberal, race-baiting crap you want. But if you are a conservative, well, the corporate line is shut the heck up.

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ESPN: No Conservative Tweets for Azinger; Just Liberal Insults & Cries of “Racist!” From Fowler

You may have heard about pro golfer and ESPN golf commentator Paul Azinger’s tweet on Twitter (follow me on Twitter) over the weekend. It was about golf, Barack Obama, and jobs, and it was spot on.

ESPN, though, got very upset, publicly chastising Azinger that politics are not allowed. And, yet–and, yet–ESPN had no prob with its uber-liberal college football moron Chris Fowler using ESPN’s airwaves (not his own private Twitter account, like Azinger) to call all of us who did not vote for Barack Obama, “racist.”

In fact, ESPN did nothing publicly to chastise Fowler as it did with Azinger, and ESPN only responded privately in a few e-mails after I and DebbieSchlussel.com readers repeatedly badgered network publicists.  USA Today TV sports columnist Michael Hiestand declined to write about Fowler after I contacted him about it, but he wrote about Azinger.  Yet another double standard.

So, the lesson learned here isn’t that ESPN doesn’t want its employees engaging in political commentary. It’s that it doesn’t want its employees engaging in conservative political commentary.

ESPN . . . Extra Stupid Progressive Numbskulls.

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Get this: after ESPN admitted to me in writing what Chris Fowler said and did was wrong, he now claims he never said it (in his tweets to me, today, on Twitter). Maybe they should change the name to BSPN.

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26 Responses

I said it before and I will keep repeating it to everyone who will listen. Contact the sponsors of these shows, and tell them you will boycott them as long as they continue their sponsorship. Tell them why. Corporations hate boycotts.

Quit whining and do something constructive to stop this hatefest against conservatives.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    News companies engage in liberal politics and have for a long time. They whore themselves out to one side of the controversy and are shocked when someone breaks that unwritten understanding. Then watch all the knives being broken out. Its like the mob but the mob never claims to be ethical and objective. So this censorship of anti-Obama comments are par for the course in the MSM.

    NormanF on August 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I agree, that is the main reason I do not go to movies, or watch network TV, period. Let’s all turn the TV off, especially profession sports, stop buying movie tickets. Hollyweird uses the money to enslave us & pro athletes are over run with gang bangers. Read a book, plant a garden, help a neighbor, all great alternatives to feeding the beast.

    ChickasawMan on August 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

      The movie industry “enslaving” us? Perhaps it’s people like you who are weird and give conservatives a bad name.

      Seek on August 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

go geddem, debbie! =)

soopermexican on August 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Fox or Fox News needs to put together a 60 Minutes type show on to focus on stories such as these that the original 60 Minutes used to do.

Oscar on August 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

You’re right Jon Grant. Will do.

Did not know that about Fowler. I know him from ESPN tennis. Always thought he was a convivial gent. Yuck, now I know he’s a friggen’ dope!

That golf commentator guy was at least correct in his tweet. Fowler was totally wrong and retarded in his.

Skunky on August 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I didn’t vote for Obama because he is white trash. I can say that becasue I am white, hence, it is not racist.

Izzys007 on August 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

warch the sports “reporters” show sunday mornings. leftist ny daily news genius in his own mind Mike Lupica – far left is their senior sports writer but also writes pro-democratic party and obama crap in other parts of this newspaper.

he is a regular on this show as is mitch albom.

in new york daily news sports and all stories in editorials or wherever – readers comments are allowed below each of those storoes EXCEPT ANYTHING MIKE LUPIC WRITES – NO COMMENTS ARE ALLOWED.

On pardon the interuption wilbon was promoting and pushing obama before i ever heard of obama.

media here or anywhere is a joke.

Bill C. on August 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Debbie a lot of sports outlets and commentators are explicitly pro-Obama but some of that is just business and self protection considering they’re covering the NBA or NFL. It’s not surprising a golf guy went off the reservation. As for you Debbie, I wish you would start doing those Debbie does Politics videos you did for a while. I would be glad to provide you with video, wardrobe, diet Coke and other personal services.

A1 on August 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Within journalism, sportswriters are widely regarded as the absolute dumbest reporters. And, quite often, they don’t even know much about sports.

e.g. The late “great” Jim Murray of the LA Times wrote once that of the three New York teams (back in the day) only the Dodgers and the Yankees had a star center fielder (Duke Snider and Mickey Mantle). I guess he never heard of Willie Mays of the Giants.

Red Ryder on August 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I have not watched ESPN since those jerks made a big bruhaha about Rush Limbaugh concerning his “racists comments” about the NFL and it got him fired for it. Screw sports, I am the type that I do not get involved into sports to be called a fan because I am not into using my money into paying for athletes (thugs in sport jerseys) and their dirtbag team owners. I just think that Jonathan Grant has a point of calling the sponsors and telling them about boycotting their products if this stupidity continues,like Debbie calls it BSPN.

Mario on August 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Extra Sucky Programs Network

CornCoLeo on August 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Conservatives painted themselves into this corner. Because of fear of being labeled “racist”, conservatives go above and beyond the call of duty in accommodating and praising any minority for even the most insignificant achievement – nay, even for simply avoiding being convicted of a capitol crime – that they cannot even suggest criticism of a minority. Obama’s handlers know this as do all major concerns. Obama will be reelected in 2012, I sadly project.

DS_ROCKS! on August 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    The double standard exists. If you’re white and criticize black people, be sure the facts back you up. The rule doesn’t exist in the other situation. Quite understandably, not many white journalists want to say something, true or not, that could bring a swift end to their careers.

    NormanF on August 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Azinger is Right. Paulbots and Liberals are wretched, mephitic creatures of the dripping, malodorous night.

Occam's Tool on August 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm

ESPN’s job should be to be focused on sports, not politics. I so freaking hate it now when these entertainment outlets have to inject their damn political views into our entertainment….ether outright doing it, or sneaking it in.

Squirrel3D on August 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

You know, since NCAA Football is going to start this Thursday night, I hope Mr. Fowler doesn’t do the main play-by-play broadcasting, plus I really don’t care much for Chris Fowler. The broadcasters of ESPN and ABC sports I like are Brett Musberger, Kirk Herbstreicht, Joe Tesatore, Rob Gilmore, Bob Davie, Mark Jones, Brad Nessler, Pam Ward and I liked Keith Jackson before he retired. Just as the broadcasters for “College Football Saturday on Fox Sports” I like are Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham, Bill Land, Gary Reasons, Steve Physioc, Yogi Roth, Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadaikas, etc. And were all right, these sports broadcasters should leave their politics out of sports, to me it’s like mixing religion with politics.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on August 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

ABC and ESPN have no courage in reporting. They just don’t!

Donovan McNabb may not have been over-rated because he’s black, but Rush Limbaugh had ever right to say it and defend his view. Rather than allow Limbaugh to face criticism and defend his view, ABC/ESPN just fired him. What cowards!

Of all the networks, I think ABC is the worst.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 30, 2011 at 12:01 am

This story is astonishing, but not surprising. ESPN, after all, is owned by Walt Disney Co., and the Walt Disney Co. has a long tradition of favoring leftist politics and themes–a tradition that goes back to the man, Walt Disney, himself, who was a homosexual with an inclination toward pedophilia.

Disney films and TV shows are filled with homoerotic symbols and themes, and the Company actively recruits homosexuals for employment, offering them special benefits and incentives. Please note that my point is not to attack homosexuality, but rather, to point out that Walt Disney Co. has demonstrated favoritism toward homosexuals and discriminated against heterosexuals, as part of its corporate culture and policies.

It’s no secret, of course, that the homosexual community has been a huge supporter of Obama. Nor is it a secret that most homosexuals have strongly leftist politics. Thus, such leftist policies from the corporate parent are likely to filter down to the ESPN subsidiary.

Ralph Adamo on August 30, 2011 at 3:14 am

Mike Wildbon is a racist who has a constant agenda.

madman on August 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

ESPN’s Kevin Blackstone called for a sports boycott of Israel.

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/06/09/of-sports-boycotts-south-africa-and-israel/

Ben Hur on August 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

Kevin Blackstone is obviously an idiot.

But speaking of non-idiots—Simon Le Bon, who worked on a Kibbutz in Israel as a youth, and the Super Group Duran Duran is coming to perform in Israel! I’d rather listen to Duran Duran than Elvis Costello any day!

Occam's Tool on August 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

Being called a “racist” has lost its sting, and stigma since it is used so often. If I am racist, so be it. Unfortunately it doesn’t take much to earn the title of a racist. Sometimes being called racist has absolutely nothing to do with someone’s race, traditions, or skin color.

It’s just like the Liberal’s love affair with the word, “hate.” Any disagreement with them means you hate them. And any reference to Scripture makes one a “little Hitler.” I puzzle over that one. But I’ve stopped trying to figure out the Liberal mindset. They think I’m a tea-bagger who causes hurricanes and dog bites while watching Fox News. Ha ha!

JohnF on August 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I’m not sure what has created such a vast disconnect between who liberals actually are and what conservatives believe they are, but it has to change. I wouldn’t judge you or anyone else as a ignorant, racist, bigoted bible-beater just because they were conservative. If you want to discuss any heated current topic, I’d be happy to hear your side, and I’d reserve any judgement of you until after I heard your arguments.

    However, if you’ve given up on trying to understand liberals because you believe that all liberals think of conservatives in the way you’ve described, then you actually do have a prejudice–against liberals.

    Morgan on October 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

ESPN = Eastern Seaboard Programming Network. All Sox/Yankees, all the time. No reporting on how David Ortiz is cheating roid head. Nope, he’s just “Big Papi” with that big smile. Of course, Manny never did roids while there. Lyin’ Bob Ryan and his buddies didn’t want to report that.

GianniV on August 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

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