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Once again, only some political stances are acceptable in professional sports.

As the professional sports leagues continue with their insistence on social activism in their stadiums and arenas, it is apparent theirs is a targeted agenda. In seeming resistance to the fans who are turning away from the political posturing, they continue to lecture on certain subjects while stating firmly others are not permitted. As has now been proven, President Donald Trump is completely off-limits.

Going beyond what will be allowed on the field, the Carolina Panthers have shown an even wider level of football intolerance. After a series of commands directed at one of its Spanish language broadcasters, they have decided to not renew his contract over his political opinions, namely his outward support of President Trump. It is not only a contradiction of the social messaging demanded of the fans to support, it is a creeping mandate into the personal lives of others.

Luis Moreno Jr. is a longtime and popular commentator on Spanish-language radio who covered games for the Carolina Panthers. The Mexican immigrant, who came to this country as a teenager has, at the age of 42, become a naturalized citizen as of last month, and is a proud backer of the President. During his downtime this spring due to the pandemic, Moreno became more politically active and this was reflected in his private social media accounts.

At some point, Moreno was contacted by management and told that the organization requested that he remove the team name from his social media accounts. Moreno complied, even though he was technically an independent contractor and did not work directly for the Carolina Panthers. When contacted a second time about his postings, he was told that team management requested to speak with him, though he made it clear he had no intention of curtailing his messaging.

That discussion with the VP of Communications for the Panthers never took place. His position was replaced with a Mexico-based broadcaster. The more revealing aspect is that for 10 years, Moreno shared the broadcasts with his uncle, Jaime Moreno. The two have differing views on things, a component that was said to make their broadcasts even more compelling. Though less outspoken Jaime is politically different than his nephew, something Moreno Jr. is fine about. ”We’re not fighting or anything. We just didn’t see eye to eye,’’ he says of his uncle. ”I was aware that when there was backlash, it was something that I was going to have to do on my own.’’

This is just one of the ways the NFL, and the other professional sports leagues, have displayed how they are veering off course. The controversies which have reared up over the past 5 years have to do not with players becoming political but with dragging politics onto the sporting stage itself. Fans can choose to listen or not listen to speech in the post-game setting, or during the week.

When the politics are dragged into the live broadcasts — displayed at game time and even painted onto the fields and courts — the agnostic fan has only the choice to not watch the games themselves. A player off the field is entitled to all the expressions they desire, like any citizen. But the leagues insist on sending out their message in the game format and — like in this case with Moreno Jr. — there seems intolerance towards private opinions which differ.

“I’m hurt,” Moreno Jr. says, “because this has nothing to do with my performance on-air. None of my support for the president was done on any of their social-media pages, it was never done on any of the airtime — whether it was a podcast or a broadcast or anything related to the Panthers. This was solely on my personal time on my personal accounts.”

This typifies how wrong-headed so much of this woke activism in sports has become. The leagues have stridently declared that players and management have a right to expression, trending close to the point of demanding their views be respected and accepted. Yet, as they display this in the playing boundaries to the dismay of many, those who choose to have differing views on the matters are not granted this same decency. Even when conducted on private accounts and areas apart from the arenas there are commands and criticisms at times.

The NBA will allow activist terms on their jerseys, but only those with league approval. The NFL supports kneeling for the national anthem but Drew Brees was cowed into apologizing for wanting to stand up for the flag. In baseball, players have had to answer media interrogations when they elected to not kneel during the national anthem. We have had years of being told Colin Kaepernick is an athletic voice to be listened to, yet those same supporters were vocal in criticizing Herschel Walker for his support of President Trump.

Now, when a broadcaster is expressing views on his private accounts, a team sees a need to sever ties. To his credit, Moreno Jr. did not back down from the edicts of the franchise. ”I am not OK with them censoring my freedom of speech in support of the president.’’ The newly christened citizen is very excited to be able to vote for the first time. His enthusiasm to cast a vote for President Trump has not been diminished.

Author: Brad Slager

Source: Red State: As NFL Supports on-Field Activism Carolina Panthers Broadcaster Loses His Job for Private Trump Support

While sounding unintelligible, rambling, and completely lost at times, the Candidate did not sound any better.

The evidence is apparently in that Joe Biden is not capable of conducting anything approaching a conventional conversation. After months of using the quarantine as a justification of hiding in his basement with only brief and controlled interviews it has become only more apparent that the man is suffering from diminished faculties the more his handlers try to hide it.

After making the big announcement of Kamala Harris being chosen as his running mate it has been nearly laughable how the duo have been avoiding press interviews. Then, with tonight serving as the opening of the Democratic party convention, neither Joe nor Kamala made any appearances on the Sunday political talk circuit. Considering how sympathetic the press has been, and how ecstatic the unbiased and neutral journalists have been over Kamala, that itself says everything.

But it seems that Biden has not avoided EVERY interview request. When it comes to discussing the arcane details of campaign issues and unraveling the intricacies of policy details he is willing to sit down with political mastermind and occasional rap artist, Cardi B for Elle Magazine. I believe there is only one way to have your campaign be taken more seriously than this — speak to anyone else.

But…the people handling the Politician Formerly Known As Cognizant decided this was a wise way to present the man just prior to a national convention. If you had any misgivings about how this interview would transpire, or possibly how ridiculous the conversation might turn out you did not have to explore much at all. It took all of the opening question to display things perfectly.

CARDI B: Oh, snap. Is this real? Hi, Biden, how are you?

And off we go. The next step in the presidential interview involved Biden asking Cardi questions — because that is how politics works. The singer prattled off a list of things she wants to see.

But first, I just want Trump out. And also what I want is free Medicare. It’s important to have free [healthcare] because look what is happening right now. Of course, I think we need free college. And I want Black people to stop getting killed and no justice for it.

Sure, just have everything be free, and fix all social problems. The most amazing thing is that no politician ever thought of this before! This is what an elevated political mind looks like. Just to give you a sense that the publication also is in possession of trenchant societal foundations, they decided to post a tweet from Cardi B, to display her political bona fides. It did not occur to anyone on the editorial staff that displaying her struggle with the word ‘’towards’’ somewhat undercuts the rationale to have her entering the political debate.

CARDI B: One day he’s telling them this is nothing, that people need to stop getting tested. Next thing you know, [he has] a mask [on his] face. [He’s] really playing games.

This would have been a great moment to point out how Biden himself has been unclear, vacillating on the issue of masks and then alongside Kamala declaring a need for a nationwide mandate. It is enough to confuse the folks at Politico on where he stands on the issue.

Amusingly, when they got into the subject of race, Biden gave some anecdotes about the Civil Rights Movement. He invoked ”Bull Connor and his dogs’’, and then declared after people saw that display, ”All of a sudden, as Dr. King said, we had the second emancipation. There was the Civil Rights Act. There was the Voting Rights Act.’’ Er…Joe, you just named a hateful Democratic Party politician, and how it led to laws that were written based on GOP bills. The Trump campaign thanks you for this in-kind donation.

Cardi B continued with her disconnected thoughts as well. She stated, ”We’re not asking for sympathy, we’re not asking for charity’’ — following her calls for free healthcare and free college tuition. Then Joe chimed in with another nugget. ”I’m so optimistic is because of your generation. You’re the smartest, the best educated, the least prejudiced, and the most engaged generation in history.’’ I mean, was he even listening to Cardi B? After all the head-shaking things she has said, he still made this comment ‘’tours’’ the end of their discussion.

Just to wrap up, the singer came so close to the truth of a matter, except there is a built-in inability on both their parts.

CARDI B : But what a lot of people are concerned about is, if the government gives us [these things], are they going to raise our taxes? Because clearly nobody wants to pay so much in taxes. Sometimes, when my taxes come in, I’m like, “Oh my gosh, I’m depressed, oh Lord.’’

She wants all the free stuff and does not want to pay for it. Joe, of course reflexively fell back on the canard of corporations not paying their share of taxes. This is his ”practical’’ method of promising all the stuff. It is now when you understand that it is a 1% entertainer speaking to a Democrat on the subject of taxes, so that this is not a linguistic sculpture being created, but untalented minds punching clay.

I could be dismissive and suggest that Cardi B speaking on any subject becomes a testimonial to promote sending people to school. But I will say, as I massage the headache away as a result of listening to this discussion, I believe I now understand why Biden was permitted to have this interview. With everyone concerned over his mental faculties, it was good optics to have him speak with Cardi B — he was bound to come off looking competent by comparison.

Author: Brad Slager

Source: Red State: Joe Biden Finally Grants an Interview…With Singer Cardi B Which Was Nonsensical and Also Made Sense for the Campaign

Wait, did we expect the press to give us the whole story…??

The media has their red meat and they are going to race around like a corgi with a brisket in its maw, for some time. It is to be expected; they are a visual lot and the appearance of a half-empty sports arena for a Trump rally delivers far more messaging than multiple columns and hundreds of words of fictional news can deliver. Also expected — that visual shorthand precludes the press from digging any further into the story.

While many journalists are gleefully detailing how supposedly teenagers from across the country managed to Hoover up a massive batch of tickets for Saturday’s event in Tulsa, severely impacting the attendance figures they fail to recognize that this undercuts their very narrative. If the media wants to give credit to the kids for this manipulated stunt, fine — but then it means their claims of Trump losing traction with voters and his support dwindling cannot possibly be accurate. It would be akin to the press cheering on the burning down of a Wendy’s restaurant, then saying the ensuing lack of sales proves people do not want hamburgers anymore (not to imply this actually transpired.)

There is one other detail that unravels the narrative of Trump losing his audience; the ratings blew the roof off of that underfilled arena. The viewership figures have come in from Saturday’s event and they are more than just impressive, they are something the press corps is completely unwilling to acknowledge — they were record-setting.

A whopping 7.7 million total viewers tuned into Fox News from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT during Trump’s remarks, making it the most watched Saturday in the network’s history during that time period, according to early Nielsen data. Trump’s rally also gave Fox News its largest Saturday night primetime audience ever from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raving about how the kids on Tik Tok affected the ratings?!

To go along with that impressive figure there is also the online streaming figures to factor in. Eliminating the over 2 million views on the FoxNews feed — just in case those were considered in their ratings — a cursory look over the various news network accounts on YouTube shows more widespread viewership. At least another 4 million views can be totaled there, and that is hardly a comprehensive tally.

Just to underscore the significance, Joe Biden is hardly coming close to those figures in his streaming efforts. In truth, his online viewership cannot even achieve that Tulsa rally attendance. He has abandoned his regular at-home townhall videos, due to lack of interest. And just a week ago he gave a speech at the Wisconsin Democrat Party virtual convention. Joe’s address to the party was never watched by more than 70 people or so.

This is a perspective we are not likely to see mentioned in the mainstream circles.

Author: Brad Slager

Source: Red State: While Press Obsesses Over Attendance at Tulsa Rally They Ignore Record Ratings for the Same Event

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