I saw a rather balanced article on the possible demise of ESPN here. To recap, competitors of ESPN and right-leaning news outlets have been signaling the demise of ESPN due to falling subscriber rates and the network being on the hook for lots of money for future sporting events with a bunch of money (and trouble) coming due in 2021 for ESPN. The right-leaning news outlets are claiming the falling subscriber rates are probably due in large part to ESPN injecting left-leaning politics into their shows. In the article, I came across this section:

As a former ESPN subscriber who has not fully cut the cord, I believe I’m in a unique position to give some insight as to why I dropped ESPN. I used to watch ESPN primarily for two reasons:

1. To watch sporting events, and
2. To watch sporting events’ highlights or lowlights.

My ESPN viewing started dropping in the last half of the 2000s because the network became more and more talk heavy. SportsCenter, where I previously could see highlights, transitioned to mostly talk. I still watched ESPN, though, but not as much. By the early 2010s, I was watching ESPN for some shows with sports personalities that I liked, mainly Pardon the Interruption with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and SportsNation with Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd. But, I wasn’t watching sports or the sports highlights shows because,

1. There was little actual sporting events on ESPN, and
2. The sports highlights shows showed few highlights.

Then Michelle Beadle left SportsNation and Pardon the Interruption became too political. I stopped watching PTI at some point in the summer of 2013 when Kornheiser and Wilbon were on one of their extended breaks from the show and I looked up on the internet where the hell they were and I found that they were golfing with then-POTUS Barack Obama. Honestly, this really annoyed me for two reasons:

1. I was finding Obama’s and the left’s politics to be increasingly annoying at the time, and
2. PTI golfing with the POTUS confirmed to me that PTI would continue to inject politics into the show and that injection of politics would continue to annoy me.

After that, I didn’t watch ESPN or its sister channels anymore. It wasn’t a boycott, there just wasn’t anything on the channel that I was interested in. If I didn’t have kids, I would have cut the cord several years ago, but my kids love some of the shows on the kids channels and basic cable. A couple of years ago, Verizon FiOS (which I have and like the service) made an option where you could subscribe to two channel packs for a low price. I got on the offer to reduce my bill and chose the kids channels and stupidly, sports. After almost a year, I found that I never watched ESPN at all and when I went to watch a game that I wanted to see, it was on a channel that was not in the sports channel pack. So, I switched it to kids and basic cable channels and have never looked back, as I don’t watch cable TV anymore (only my kids do).

As for politics, I’m politically interested and those on the left would consider me right-leaning now, even though I don’t consider myself to be. I stopped watching any news channel towards the beginning of the 2000s because they’re the worst channels on TV beyond QVC and I got higher speed internet then. The author’s assumption that I would have to do away with my news channels is wrong, because my political news has come exclusively from the internet for 15 years.

So, several factors have gone into my dropping of ESPN. While my dropping of ESPN was not exclusively due to it becoming left-leaning, it can’t be denied that I was watching ESPN when it used to show sports and the final nail in its coffin occurred when it became too political for me. Perhaps if its politics were a little more balanced I might have watched more, but I doubt it – I wanted to watch sports, not listen to talk. While this article I read had some valid points, the ones predicting ESPN’s collapse (here’s one the original article was referring to here and another one here) have some valid points too. It’s never wise to alienate potentially half of your viewership, either intentionally or unintentionally, and it’s something that ESPN seems to want to admit to having done here, although they recently denied it here. It will be interesting to see how it plays out through 2021.

I hate social media, but it has its uses. With Facebook, it was a way to see what friends and acquaintances are up to if I hadn’t seen them in real life. I deactivated my Facebook account later in April, 2015 after I attempted to post a link to a news article from WJLA (the Washington, DC ABC affiliate) about the Freddie Gray case that stated the medical examiner was ruling the death an accident in the autopsy report, although the report hadn’t been released yet and was being finalized.

I was blocked from posting the link, blocked from making any updates at all for a time, then I was forcibly logged out of Facebook by Facebook. When I logged back in, I was able to post stuff again, but the article had disappeared from WJLA. Scary stuff, but not surprising if one understands how deep the government-Facebook connection goes.

Later when the official autopsy report came out, after Mosby withheld it from the public for two months, it was nothing like the narrative that had been given to the public, which was hardly surprising.

Then at one point during one of the trials, testimony revealed that at one point the medical examiner was going to rule the death an accident. Again, hardly surprising given what I just described above.

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I logged on under my wife’s account every few weeks to post photos and make updates on the weather for those interested and continued to do so up until now. But Facebook has become significantly stupider than it already was. I was going to post the following under my wife’s account, but ultimately decided it needed to stay independent of her. This was my fourth or fifth draft. My first draft was scathing.

From Colin. I need to have a talk with those on social media who lean left, which is most of the people in [my wife’s] feed. Any time I have logged on here to post a picture or something over the past six months or so, I want to stab my eyeballs out from all of the political nonsense that’s on here, especially from the left. I hate to be the one that has to say this, it’s so incredibly obvious, but posting crap to social media isn’t going to accomplish what you want. Did your crapposts about Trump in 2016 prevent Trump from being elected? No. In fact, all the bogus outrage of this and that in years past helped him get elected and that’s something you STILL don’t understand. The left is entirely out of touch with large portions of America that have legitimate problems and it shows every time I log on here. If I were you, I would be angry at the DNC for their insistence on nominating a terrible candidate for President (actually, they rigged it) and Obama for selling out down-ballot Democratic candidates and then start rebuilding from there instead of letting racist and sexist identity politics rule everything you say and do. But what do I know? I’m a straight white male, therefore I’m an idiot in your eyes and don’t know what I’m talking about.

For the record, I haven’t been affiliated with a political party since I registered to vote over 20 years ago and part of the reasoning then was that I believed a two party system ultimately produces crap candidates. That sure as hell didn’t change with this election. Also, for the record, knowing the damage Clinton could have or may have done to the United States, I honestly believe she should be in federal prison for 20+ years. The fact that she was that close to becoming POTUS was far more shocking than anything Trump has done thus far (which is nothing Obama didn’t do) and spoke volumes to how completely off the rails America has become.

It’s obvious what’s going on here with the hyperpartisan hyperventilating – the absolute worst thing that could happen to the left and the political establishment at this point is that Trump succeeds as a President and that is what is feared the most. Well, he’s our President, he has my support, and I hope he succeeds. If that makes me your arch-enemy, or [my wife] being married to a fascist Nazi (the new term for critical thinker, apparently) in your eyes, or whatever idiocy you may think, then so be it. I didn’t like Obama all that much either after his first year but I ultimately hoped he succeeded too (his legacy is Donald Trump with a Republican Congress, so I’m going with him not having been successful).

A big part of the problem here is that most people subscribe to the two party system like it’s a pro football rivalry. Well, your team lost by not playing the electoral college game smartly at all, and the electoral college is something anyone who passes ninth grade understands is the law. This is further proof she shouldn’t have even been the nominee. It’s time to “move on” from being “nasty” because you’re embarrassing yourselves. This isn’t saying that idiots on the right are getting a pass from me, they’re not, but as of now, my four year old is way more mature than what is on display from the left.

tl;dr – the left is embarrassing itself right now and has completely lost independent thinkers like me

I never in a million years thought that I would be among the most mature people out there, but here we are. I won’t be going on Facebook anymore, even to check in on people who I honestly really like. There’s just too much garbage to sift through. I’m apparently not the only one who feels this way – I leave you with this article that popped up in a list of links somewhere: