Aside from (alleged) technology commentator Mario Armstrong who appears on XM "The Power" - I have never seen a specialty media personality fuse this ideological bigotry into his (alleged) area of expertise as much as David Zirin. The fact that "The Nation" has a sports column says everything that one needs to know about the contamination that Mr Zirin brings to his sports analysis.
The man who revealed in his C-SPAN book review that he opposed the sale of the Texas Rangers to former MLB great Nolan Ryan for no other reason than Ryan's "right wing politics" shows how committed to focusing upon what goes on on the field of play. :-/
So it comes as no surprise that Mr Zirin has provided yet another fusion between "the sport of politics" and "the politics of sports" in which he castigates Tucker Carson for suggesting (rather bone-headly) that Michael Vick should have been executed for his past treatment of dogs.
We must understand how "Rachael Maddow Style Reporting" works. You see the goal is to keep indictments of one's enemies flowing. It matters not that the points of focus are IRRELEVANT in the big scheme of things. The point is that while the masses are united in their indictment against their enemies - few will notice what Maddow/Zirin are NOT talking about which is of major consequence.
Last month three Black football players from the University of Southern Mississippi were shot down LIKE DOGS. If we enumerate the characteristics that make this a FAVORABLE target for Mr Zirin to cover for the purposes of his indictment they would be:
- MISSISSIPPI (God Damn)
- 3 Black Men
- SHOT!!!!! (There were no ropes conveniently nearby)
Black Athletes Who Were "Euthanized" In 2010 But Did Not Trigger A Column By David Zirin Because The Assailant Was Not Interesting To His Ideological Agenda
- Former Atlanta Hawk Lorenzo Wright's Body Found In Memphis TN
- Former Basketball Star (and Present Hawk's Executive) Nick Van Exel's Son Charged With Murder
- UConn Football Player Killed In Campus Stabbing
- Star High School Football Player In Georgia Killed At His Home
The truth is that Mr Zirin has a better chance of losing his occasional seat in the "Barbershop" by public protest IF he doggedly fixated on the convergence of Sports, Violence, Womanizing and "Black Capitalistic Excesses". Many in Mr Zirin's audience would rather that Mr Zirin talk about their common ideological adversaries rather than key in upon that which is causing more material harm. This allows them to continue on with their tenuous coalition.