ESPN Exec Rips Fox Sports 1 For Accusing ESPN of Liberal Bias: False Narrative Created By a ‘Competitor’

It’s clearly been a touchy subject for ESPN — the idea that the network exhibits a progressive bias.

The notion has been raised by conservative outlets, personalities on rival sports networks, and even a longtime SportsCenter anchor.

But now, an ESPN executive is dismissing the idea of MS-ESPN as patently false.

In an interview with Sports Business Journal, Burke Magnus — an ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and scheduling — blasted Fox Sports 1 for spreading a narrative that he claims is untrue.

“It would be foolish in the business that we’re in to take sides on the political arena,” Magnus said. “Our business competitor perpetuates this narrative because in this highly partisan time, it suits them to highlight this distinction, even when it doesn’t exist.”

Conservative commentators have taken issue with, among other things, the network’s decision to give Caitlyn Jenner an award for exhibiting courage, and a number of personalities supporting Colin Kaepernick.

A poll conducted by an independent firm hired by ESPN found that nearly two-thirds of the network’s audience believes they’ve struck a proper balance between news and politics.

[image via ESPN]


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