Kurt Reichenwald: I Want Republicans to Lose Their Insurance and Die | Main | James Clapper Won't Give Straight Answer on Whether He Gave Unclassified Information to a Reporter to Plant a Story
May 08, 2017

Jason Whitlock: How Gawker-Created Shitty Website Deadspin Corrupted ESPN

Jason Whitlock has been opining a lot lately that sports culture has been driven leftward by Silicon Valley tech billionaires, and turned into a Clickbait Culture driven less and less by actual sporting news and more and more by ginned up Social Justice Warrior outrages (and false outrages).

In the Wall Street Journal, he puts some meat on that skeleton of a storyline.

What has truly impeded ESPN from overcoming its financial mistakes and inability to adapt to technological advances? The decadelong culture war ESPN lost to Deadspin, a snarky, politically progressive sports blog launched by Gawker's Nick Denton in 2005.

While the mainstream media has failed to document the extent of Deadspin's rout of ESPN, I haven't. I worked at ESPN twice, BD and AD. Before Deadspin (2001-06) and After Deadspin (2013-15).

...

Deadspin significantly elevated the price of implementing change at ESPN. The often-caustic blog mastered search-engine optimization and Twitter's ability to gin up faux outrage. Its writers trolled ESPN talent and executives, getting plenty of attention along the way. The site particularly delighted in exposing alleged sexual malfeasance among ESPN employees.

He writes about Deadspin's penchant for spinning stories of sex scandals among ESPN personnel, even with virtually no evidence.

Rather than sue Mr. Denton's bullying internet pirates into submission the way tech billionaire Peter Thiel did, ESPN chose to acquiesce and adopt progressive ideology and diversity as groundbreaking business innovations. ESPN is the exact network Deadspin desired. It's diverse on its surface, progressive in its point of view, and more concerned with spinning media narratives than with the quality of its product.

He seems to be saying that Deadspin ginned up enough Prog Hatred -- and revelations of affairs and lewd behavior, both imagined and real -- against ESPN that ESPN eventually capitulated and became the Enforcement of Social Progressivism Network that Deadspin wanted, just to call off the SJW dogs.

But you'll have to read the article to see if you think that's what he's saying. It seems to me he's saying that, but I sense that the article has been edited and he's rephrased some things to make it not quite clear.


digg this
posted by Ace at 03:23 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
runner: " ew poll has Moore with a 6% lead. All such polls ..."

Anon a mouse...: "Perhaps why he didn't Triumph in his re-election b ..."

Mr. Peebles: "Newsweek: Still Overpriced at $1 ..."

bonhomme: "[i]I believe Linda Atkins was the one that wanted ..."

Marcus T: "When Moore wins, Democrats can thank Al Frankenste ..."

CaliGirl: "Linda Kasabian, another cult member, actually turn ..."

Cuthbert the Witless: "208 Steve Martin's King Tut is racist? WTF? Th ..."

Alberta Oil Peon: "Life-long involvement with BSA. Unforgivable. P ..."

MAGA: "337 New poll has Moore with a 6% lead. All such po ..."

Anon a mouse...: "Now they're recent college graduates gainfully und ..."

josephistan: "Breaking news - The 9th Circuit has overturned Tru ..."

nerdygirl: "[i]They knew at CBS, PBS and Bloomberg that old Ch ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64