Douglas MacKinnon

For those of us who believe in traditional values, the rule-of-law, secure borders, smaller government, and lower taxes, it’s become slim pickings when it comes to the entertainment, news, education, and information spaces.

As a conservative who believes in the free exchange of ideas and who is anxious to hear reasoned and well articulated arguments from the left, I have watched in sadness and dismay as liberal group-think has systematically forced out conservative thought in movies, television, commercials, CDs, book publishing, the work place, colleges, universities, high schools, and even pre-school.

Facing this informational and educational tidal wave of bias, censorship, political correctness, intimidation, blacklisting, and denial, you would think that the liberals who reign supreme over these various domains would at least leave us knuckle-dragging conservatives with sports. But no. Not even that.

I spoke recently to an editor for a major newspaper about this subject. He confirmed what many of us suspect:

“Who do you think they are going to hire around here as sports reporters? Management is liberal and my fellow editors are liberal. Human nature dictates that they hire the reflection in the mirror.

“Consequently, we tend to hire sports reporters based on liberal diversity. Be that ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual preference. Many times, the people we hire never even played a sport and some actually have a chip on their shoulders because of how they perceived the ‘dumb jocks’ in high school and college.”

As a marginal athlete who spent a little time trying to play hockey for a living and was once invited to a major league baseball camp, I may not know as much about sports as the now “expert” reporters and commentators in the field, but I do understand a few things.

Chief among them being that the young men and women who choose to devote countless hours to their respective sports while often enduring high degrees of pain, suffering, and sacrifice, deserve to be covered by those who don’t bring a social-engineering bias or an agenda to the field, arena, or rink.

Period.

Much more than that, I understand that there are meaningful lessons in sports which translate and impact our everyday lives and the world around us. Sports is about winning and losing. But it’s also about character, perseverance, dedication, ability, and toughness.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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