The fact that most of the mainstream media has a liberal bias isn’t exactly shocking to anyone. Outlets like CNN and the New York Times, once trusted sources, have become nothing more than propaganda wings of the DNC in the era of Donald Trump. However, what is surprising is just how far the bias goes. Even sports networks like ESPN have gone completely liberal in recent months.
In fact, nowhere has ESPN’s liberal bias been more evident than during the recent NFL controversy. Not only has ESPN covered the story nonstop, but their pundits have offered nothing but praise for the players protesting.
Of course, not all of the viewers ESPN has left agree with the network’s take. However, that news apparently came to a shock to ESPN, who opted to lie about the results of their own poll when faced with the uncomfortable results.
With its new Global Strategy Group poll, ESPN states that Americans “are divided in their attitudes” about the NFL’s protests during the playing of the national anthem. However, far from “divided,” many of the results find Americans far more united in their negative feelings about the protests.
The poll found that a lopsided majority disapprove of the anthem protests, with 51 percent either somewhat or strongly disapproving of the anthem protests, while only 39 percent approved. If this were a political poll, a 51-39 disparity would be called a definitive, and direct statement. Even a predictor of certain electoral victory.
Moreover, had the poll found that 51 percent of people approved of the anthem protests, this poll would have been celebrated and paraded on every show across every platform ESPN has.
Yet, because this result doesn’t fit ESPN’s narrative, the results get described as “mixed” or “divided.”
Even more troubling for the NFL, a large portion of those polled indicated they planned to watch less football:
Another strong result was seen when the poll asked respondents whether the protests made them more or less interested in watching football. A whopping 40 percent said that the protests make them less likely to watch the NFL, while only 14 percent said the protests made them more likely to watch football.
That’s a 26-point disparity between those answers. That is not “mixed.” If a 26-point disparity can’t be called definitive, then there’s no such thing as definitive.
Of course, ESPN has quite the incentive to mislead on this topic. Having recently signed a massive broadcast deal with the NFL, the sports network’s fortunes are tied to the NFL’s success. But like the NFL, ESPN has seen its ratings go into steep decline. Maybe protesting something Americans hold dear isn’t a good business decision after all.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]