Keith Olbermann calls culture war surrounding ESPN “baloney,” says “the politics is called the business of cable”

Keith Olbermann

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.

That’s how you wind up with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, among others, suggesting ESPN’s recent loss of subscribers was evidence the network should “put aside” 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…

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