Genuinely, thanks for posting a thoughtful response.
Sam (no YOU’RE the straw man!)

I completely agree with you regarding the fact that no person has the right to have their views universally respected or acknowledged as worthy of respect. It’s a free market of thought, and shitty views should be worthless. However, hiding behind that notion when confronting views that actually have value assigned to them by millions of people is counterproductive.

I suppose what I’m grappling with is the author’s posed notion that, given the original quote that you posted, conservative viewpoints should not be believed or assigned any value by anyone. This comes across as a thinly-veiled way to say that he believes conservative views should not be present in the national discourse. Also, the author flippantly disregards the fact that so many Americans do assign value to those viewpoints on a variety of levels. Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to disregard the fact that basically half of the country voted for Trump, so simply disregarding those voters’ views as worthless seems irresponsible.

I think that if you truly believe in the views that you advance, you should welcome other views, debate them, and ideally, your views will prevail on their own merit. But to say that half of America’s views simply don’t matter comes across as preachy, arrogant, and self-righteous. The right is guilty of this as well, I don’t mean to just beat up on the left. However, given the vast liberal presence in the media, you just tend to see it from the left more often. And with the creation of this current culture of liberalism within the sports media profession, it indirectly works to stifle the conservative viewpoints of some members because they fear retribution or being labeled as a pariah, just because they work for a company that’s backed by the differing ideological half of America.

ESPN is a prime example. They’ve gotten more and more liberal over the last decade, and not a single of their talking heads has come out and backed a conservative candidate. It just seems highly unlikely to me that all of the college football and NFL analysts (sports that skew right with regards to fan base), there was not a single person who voted for Donald Trump. But those people know that if they were to ever come out in support of him, they’re essentially gambling their livelihood because of the agenda that the ESPN management has chosen to back. And this is not in a sense of “I voted for Trump, so ESPN fired me.” But more in a sense of that person vocally backing Trump on air, the social media mob comes for them, and their career in media dies a slow, painful death. The industry has gotten so one-sided that it’s now impossible to have a dissenting view and keep your job.

I apologize for rambling, but those are my thoughts on the matter. I just want to see civil discourse restored.

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