There’s too much of it, especially in the mainstream media. Add to that precious little in the way of diverse view points, and woe be to anyone who dares to step outside the boundaries of what passes for political correctness.
Take billionaire businessman Clark Hunt.
The mere fact that the Chiefs owner did not enthusiastically take part in the knee jerk bashing of Donald Trump for saying what millions of sports fans around the country agree with garnered Hunt a wrist slap from mild-mannered Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger.
I know, big effing deal.
But check out the headline:
“Chiefs Clark Hunt responds to Donald Trump, whiffs badly on an opportunity to lead.”
In other words because Hunt failed to tow the line of thinking many in the liberal news media subscribe to, he failed as a leader…and pretty much at everything else, as Mellinger sees it.
According to the Samster, Hunt is little more than “a man in charge of a historically underachieving sports franchise that is nonetheless a foolproof business, so maybe it’s unfair to expect substance when it comes to speaking on anything other than ways to ensure revenues exceed expenditures.”
Cheap shot, anyone?
“President Donald Trump directly insulted Hunt’s family business, and Hunt responded with the electronic statement version of the guy who’s challenged to a fight and jumps into his friends arms, screaming, ‘HOLD ME BACK! HOLD ME BACK!’
Juvenile taunting aside, here’s what Hunt actually said:
“We are blessed in the National Football League to work with an outstanding group of players who, through their thoughtfulness and generosity, are deeply engaged in their communities. We believe in honoring the American flag and supporting all of those whose sacrifices protect the many freedoms with have in this country, including the right to have differences of opinion.
“Sports have long been a unifying force especially in challenging times and hatred and division have no place in our game. As a nation, we face serious challenges, and I believe as Americans, each of us has a responsibility to engage one another with empathy and humility to gain a better understanding of ways we can work together to solve these difficult issues.’
Sounds pretty straightforward to me.
However since Hunt obviously doesn’t think it’s good business to have his paid employees drumming up controversy with paying customers via political protests while on the clock, that renders his opinion devoid of substance…according to Mellinger anyway.
Now allow me to share something with you.
No way does the Kansas City Star or even The Pitch for that matter allow employees unbridled freedom of expression on the job. Every single word that goes into print is strained through a bank of editors.
Trust me on that, the editors at 18th & Grand are total control freaks.
As for Trump’s opinion on players protesting during national anthems at games…
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”
Here’s the deal.
Having an opinion on either side of this issue does not entail being dead right or wrong like the Star is couching it.
Nor is President Trump weighing in on the controversy something new, because football fans around the country have grousing about this for more than a year.
Anyone who halfway follows public opinion on this knows that since former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick initiated his protests last year it’s not gone over well with football fans and left team owners struggling with how to handle things.
And clearly there’s a legitimate argument to be made for owners of businesses not allowing employees to mount public political protests while on the job.
That’s just common sense. Something that precious few media types seem to have much of.
Speaking of which, what sense does it make to belittle the Chiefs owner for being patriotic and recognizing that wading into a controversy might alienate paying customers?
Frankly close minded thinking and piling on topics like this at 18th and Grand doesn’t bode well for the Star hanging onto a subscriber base that’s dropping like flies.