Monday, December 10, 2018

Living up to their low expectations

Literally hours before he was to be selected as a top 10 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, quarterback Josh Allen had to answer for "racially insensitive" tweets from when he was a teenager.

As 24-year old Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader was playing in his first MLB All-Star game, some of his tweets posted when he was 17 were revealed. To say the language that was used in those posts was "shocking" would be an understatement. 

Then this past Saturday evening, brand new Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (a QB out of Oklahoma) was made to answer for homophobic tweets he made as a 14 or 15-year old. 

Does anyone else see a pattern here? As young athletes are in the midst of perhaps the most prestigious accomplishment at that point in their respective lives, they're made to answer for dumb mindless things they said/did as teenagers. So are the idiotic things we do in our youth suppose to erase whatever goodwill we've built as adults? Well according to the self-proclaimed moral arbiters in the media, what we do as teenagers needs to be attached to us like the proverbial Scarlet Letter. 

Whenever President Donald Trump refers to the media as the "enemy of the people," I bristle every single time. Sure, there are members of the media who have an agenda and thus under serve the public when stories are hastily cobbled together. But with this latest hit piece on Murray, I'm pretty much with Steve Deace's sentiments here. 

While the media gets all indignant over Trump's chiding them as "fake news," etc., they seem woefully incapable of any introspection. As a certain high profile individual often says in response to someone debasing themselves - "Sad!" 


No comments: