- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fox Sports 1 analyst Jason Whitlock says the observation that sports media ideologically lurches to the left does not “scratch the surface” in terms of describing the industry.

Sporting News recently interviewed Mr. Whitlock for a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday. The “Speak for Yourself” co-host discussed everything from NBA star LeBron James to criticism of his politics that he says are “orchestrated” by left-wing activists.

“The far left wants to control the conversation about black quarterbacks,” Mr. Whitlock said of backlash to commentary on activist and former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “Quarterback is the most important position in all of American sports.”

The commentator said that activists with a cursory understanding of football have tried to sully his reputation despite a 20-year career covering sports.

“Sports writing has moved far left. The entire media has moved far left. The media used to cater to New York, the hub for traditional liberal values. Journalists used to be obsessed with working at a New York magazine or newspaper or TV network,” Mr. Whitlock continued. “Now the entire industry is obsessed with going viral and how words will be received via social media. Who determines this? San Francisco/Silicon Valley, the hub for revolutionary, far-left extremism, the home base for Twitter and Facebook.”

Mr. Whitlock then told writer Michael McCarthy that it was not accurate to portray FS1 as a “conservative sports alternative to ESPN” when his own commentary has often irked conservatives.

“I’ve written for The Huffington Post,” he said. “I’ve written extensively, before it was popular, about the ills of mass incarceration and President Reagan’s drug war. I’m not a fan of the NRA. And I’m the alleged flaming right-winger at FS1? That probably tells you how left things are at FS1.”

The host then said that a better description of FS1 would be “the alternative for people who don’t think every misspoken word is a fireable offense. ESPN caters to the elite, safe-space crowd.”

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