On Sunday, a staff reporter for SB Nation, who also writes about jazz, was apparently attending a jazz festival in New Orleans when she caught sight of something that triggered a burst of outrage: a guy wearing a MAGA hat.
Natalie Weiner raged on Twitter in three tweets, “just yelled at a prick with the audacity to wear a fucking make america great again hat in the middle of a jazz festival … i don’t understand how people can be so hateful i really don’t … he was walking to see irma thomas and he doesn’t deserve to be within a 10 mile radius of irma Thomas.”
Weiner’s outburst elicited some responses, as Twitchy noted, among them one from a radio show host who tweeted, “Everybody say 'hi' to Natalie. Natalie thinks it's cool to accost people who happen to have the nerve to think differently than her, then to larp about it on social media. This is what we call 'attention whoring' in the twitterverse. So, in summation, don't be a Natalie.”
It does seem as if the majority of reporters and hosts who cover sports lean toward being anti-Trump. Some notable examples include the execrable Keith Olbermann, whose legendary venomousness included this diatribe after President Trump was elected:
This changes everything. No. It changes nothing. These facts are the building blocks of resistance. He is still elected by a minority vote. He is still wholly unfit for the job. The man you would expect to find if you were searching for the person who could most quickly and efficiently destroy a democracy and maybe a planet; he is still a moving, breathing conflict of interest who will likely be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors within hours, if not minutes, of his own inauguration. He is still a textbook case of corrupt self-dealing come to life; he is still the leader of the most remarkable group of serve-yourself servants ever assembled, and most importantly Trump is still, at best, the local distributor for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
Or Olbermann’s tweet from November 2017 in which he said, “Why do you separate yourself from the terrorists, Dondi? You and your family have done more damage to America than Bin Laden + ISIS combined.”
Or former ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill, who issued a series of tweets stating, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me. Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period. He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
In November 2017, as Newsbusters reported, Jim Brady, ESPN’s public editor, admitted:
One notion that virtually everyone I spoke to at ESPN dismisses is what some have perceived as unequal treatment of conservatives who make controversial statements vs. liberals who do the same … ESPN is far from immune from the political fever that has afflicted so much of the country over the past year. Internally, there’s a feeling among many staffers -- both liberal and conservative -- that the company’s perceived move leftward has had a stifling effect on discourse inside the company and has affected its public-facing product. Consumers have sensed that same leftward movement, alienating some…. For most of its history, ESPN was viewed relatively apolitically. Its core focus was -- and remains today, of course -- sports. Although the nature of sports meant an occasional detour into politics and culture was inevitable, there wasn’t much chatter about an overall perceived political bias. If there was any tension internally, it didn’t manifest itself publicly.