Accuracy in Media

Sports journalists, political activism and speculation go hand-in-hand in today’s age of social media. There is no better example of this than the case of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. who protested the American national anthem last season and made statements on policing and racial tensions in America. His protests upset conservatives, military veterans and NFL fans, which contributed to the NFL’s

Last season, Kaepernick protested the American national anthem and made statements on policing and racial tensions in America. His protests upset conservatives, military veterans and NFL fans, which contributed to the league’s ratings decline last season.

Kaepernick’s lack of team prospects became sports journalists’ offseason narrative. Reporters and columnists used statistics to try to prove their point, which, by the numbers alone, would make Kaepernick a good prospect.

Sports journalists have also claimed Kaepernick’s continued unemployment is a result of NFL owners being narrow-minded. However, sports journalists do not have proof (so far) that the owners are coordinating Kaepernick’s blackballing.

There is a lot of speculation about where he will land a backup job. When a Miami Dolphins quarterback went down with an injury, sports journalists immediately pressed the team on whether Kaepernick would take his place.

Those same journalists overlooked the time Kaepernick wore a shirt with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s face on it, which offended many of Miami’s Cuban fans. That alone should have quashed speculation.

Other reporters badgered NFL owners, coaches and general managers, as in the case with the Baltimore Ravens, where owner Steve Biscotti said that they hope he finds a job and everyone should be open-minded. Fellow NFL quarterback Cam Newton recently said that he stands with Kaepernick and is disappointed by the alleged blackballing of a fellow quarterback.

The bottom line is that sports journalists are out to get Kaepernick a backup role, despite Kaepernick’s silence on the matter. Since when is it the job of sports journalists to act as political activists?





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Comments

  • Opentotalk

    These journalist are reacting to something they see as unfair because it is unfair. I have never read a sports journalist suggest that they expect to see any collusion that can be proven. They all say that Colin is being blackballed because all the owners are blackballing him. They don’t need to have conversations or deliberations to come under the dictionary definition of blackballing. It just means a particular group won’t allow entry of someone or something into the group. This is about the fabric of our culture. Kaepernick exercised freewill in an area where freewill is commonly reserved for only certain people. There is no way you can tell me that kneeling during the national anthem which is a very humbled and subdued state is worse than standing with the power fist in the air. Yet there is no outrage at the level Colin is getting it. This is because he started it. Everyone else can be dismissed as following his lead – but he started it so he created the decision. That doesn’t sit well with the owners and some fans. Welcome to the real world folks. Everyone and anyone is has a right and is capable of creating and choosing what they want to do and change in the world.

  • Carlee Veldezzi

    It just serves as proof that there is no longer any haven free from having the Neo-Progressive worldview rammed down throats of anyone who is listening. Even if you agree, how can you argue that this endless stream of political preaching is anything short of propaganda?

    To have any political narrative forced upon you on every show, every video game, every movie, every book, is a pure dystopian nightmare. Why feel the need to so forcefully and aggressively bully everyone into agreeing with your every thought if all so it’s so self-apparent?

    One would think the results of the election might hint that 24/7 media echo chambers is not the best way to go about creating political allies, yet all we got in response is a double down.

    doubleplus good?

  • MonadnockMan

    Why?

  • AndRebecca

    Are you trying to be profound?

  • Mac

    But owners are not free to express their opinions?

  • Opentotalk

    They are absolutely free to do so. Colin’s protest of ideals that the owners support in no way prohibits them from continuing in their sports businesses. So why can’t they protest him while letting him continue in his sports business. Why does there need to be a over reaction to his protest. And equal reaction should be just fine. Is this a physical fight? One person pushes another and gets a fist in return then they pull out a knife and so on. That’s not civilized at all. Colin requested conversation and debate. There are way to many people with solid reasons to agree with him to blow this off as a something where he is just wrong and should shut up. If the NFL can attempt to move the needle on cancer research (which is not in their purview) then they can also attempt move the needle on oppression and police brutality. 70 percent of their workforce is at risk. Michael Bennett is living, breathing proof at this point that the needle needs to be moved on this issue.

  • Mac

    Any element of my business that I deem detrimental to it will no longer be a part of my business.