- - Thursday, April 21, 2016


When Twitter launched its staff-edited “Moments” feature in the fall of 2015, the microblogging service insisted that its curators were not to be considered as reporters but, all the same, they would eschew taking stands on controversial matters:

“Individual moments should be free from bias. We will use data-driven decision making when choosing Tweets around controversial topics, and highlight the Tweets already receiving the most engagement on Twitter. On topics which reflect public debate, we will select Tweets that represent all sides of the argument or story where feasible. Twitter should not advance its own viewpoint, but rather reflect the discussion as it appears on our platform.”

Of course this seems to be honored in the breach, particularly when it comes to hot-button social issues of the sexual variety. Witness, for example, how ESPN’s firing of commentator Curt Schilling was handled this morning.

“ESPN finally fires Curt Schilling after latest incident,” sighed the headline for the Moment, shading the meaning for the reader right from the jump.

“It’s about damn time,” seems to be the sentiment, which is underscored by the caption accompanying the cover image: “During his tenure at the network, Schilling has repeatedly been reprimanded and suspended for offensive remarks. His posting of a anti-LGBT meme was the last straw for ESPN.”

The collection of tweets which followed were dominated by the virtue-signalling of liberal sportswriters, including the ever-insufferable and often-fired Keith Olbermann, but also lesser-knowns like Rodger Sherman of SBNation, Jesse Spector of @SportingNews – who carped that “Curt Schilling kept his job as long as he did because someone was on board with him” – and last and probably least, Lindsay Gibbs a sports reporter for, wait for it, ThinkProgress, who cheered, “Yesterday was frustrating, but the Shaw suspension and Schilling firing feels like a step in the right direction. Bigotry has consequences.”

Yes, “bigotry” has consequences, but so does the lack of common sense. Laws allowing the use of a bathroom facility based on one’s own subjective conception of his/her gender opens up the potential for the lawful presence, for example, of a straight man in a women’s changing room at a swimming facility, as happened in Seattle earlier this year.

For every Bruce Jenner who goes all-in with assuming a new gender identity, there will be some predatory weirdos who use the utter subjectivity of gender-expression statutes regarding bathroom use to get their jollies.

It will be relatively rare, of course, but it can and will happen, and parents of young girls especially have reason to be concerned as this most surely will happen at sporting events, you know, the events which sportswriters are actually paid to cover.

But, alas, these considerations seem to be completely absent from the mind of Twitter staffers who live in intensely in politically-correct echo chambers like San Francisco or New York City.

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