Within the last year or two, ESPN has been repeatedly dragged into in the so-called culture wars that have enveloped the rest of American media, and the rest of American institutions. A segment of the country’s sports fans has decided that ESPN propagates left-wing ideas and that anything bad the network endures must be a result of its politics.
Well, Keith Olbermann is not having it. Appearing on Tony Kornheiser’s podcast Friday, the former SportsCenter anchor and current ESPN contributor called the culture-war narrative “baloney” and pointed out that the wholly unpolitical Golf Channel had lost more subscribers than ESPN.
The subject came up on Kornheiser’s podcast almost accidentally, thanks to a quick aside from Pablo Torre, who was explaining the vision behind his upcoming show with Bomani Jones. Here was the exchange:
Torre: The point you guys both raised…