I think you hit the nail right on the head here. Although I disagree with Bryan Curtis on a number of things, I really liked this piece and the exploration that it attempts to make. However, I think the problem that goes along with the profession becoming entirely liberal is the notion that conservative voices should be stifled because liberals are 100% correct on every policy issue. This is simply not the case, and it will never be the case. Believe it or not, conservative policies exist that would serve the collective good more effectively than their liberal counterparts, but God forbid anyone acknowledge this.
The left needs the right to provide a counter balance when it’s wrong, and vice-versa. It seems as if most liberal voices in the media, sports or otherwise, have disregarded that notion completely and just want to shove their self-righteous agenda down the throats of their readers and viewers (granted, the smaller number of conservative pundits do the SAME thing). As politically polarized as the nation is today, it doesn’t seem as if either side wants to make conditions in the country good for everyone; but rather, good enough for just enough people to keep their side re-elected.
As a moderate who leans left on social issues and right on fiscal and economic ones, my primary gripe with the far-left comes with their celebration of “diversity.” Yes, diversity is very important, but shouldn’t we strive for intellectual and viewpoint diversity rather than surface-level cosmetic diversity? What good is it if everyone in the room looks different but thinks exactly the same? Both conservatives and liberals want to celebrate the inclusion of minorities, but only if those minorities have views that align with those of their chosen party. It’s just not productive. Although both parties do this, I think the left catches more flak than the right because the left relies on playing identity politics in order to get its message across.
Both sides have a ton of work to do in order to be better, and just assuming that your side is always right doesn’t only stall real progress, it actively stifles it.