Charges of media bias are nothing new. In the last two decades, as new online outlets have featured more free-wheeling, provocative content, those complaints have been revived.
Namely, that coverage of political, social and cultural matters is slanted in favor of a liberal perspective. These grievances extend to sports media, where topics that hit the prevailing cultural touchstones are regular fodder on all platforms.
What is new is how pronounced those politically-charged discussions have become, whether they’re about the religion of Tim Tebow, the sexuality of Michael Sam, the gender of Mo’ne Davis, the nickname of the Washington Redskins, the violent crimes of male athletes against women and more.
“Now sports, like everything else, has been conquered by political tribalism,” wrote New York magazine columnist Will Leitch, a rare observer of this development in an otherwise incurious sea of sports media criticism.
This tribalism includes concerns over football concussions that have expanded into a cultural critique of a sport some see as socially oppressive and barbaric. Continue reading