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Bias in the Booth: An Insider Exposes How the Sports Media Distort the News Hardcover – March 2, 2015
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"But what's brave or heroic about saying you're gay in America in 2014? Not much. ... All it means is that Sports Center is going to be showing your highlights all day ... But the only reason we're asked to know or care about Jason Collins or Michael Sam is because they're gay, and that's a problem." (P.87)
The book also contains a 17 page chapter on the atrocious treatment Tim Tebow received from the sports media. With all the news about pro football players involving guns, strip clubs, domestic abuse, alcohol abuse, drugs, and steroids, how sad the despicable treatment Tebow received. Mr. Gwinn gets to the heart of the double standard:
"And if you didn't like Tebow's stance on abortion, fine; ignore it the same way I ignore the seven children, as of this writing, that Adrian Peterson has fathered out of wedlock when I cheer his brilliance on the football field. Ignore Tebow's tebowing the same way Eagles fans ignored Michael Vick's dog-torturing and mutilation when they cheered for him." (P.113)
Liberal bias in the news media has been apparent for decades. But it has taken longer, at least for this reader, to recognize that the sports media largely is just as liberal and politically correct.Read more ›
Gwinn's strongest arguments in the book relate to bias against evangelical Christians. The best chapters, in my opinion, are the early chapters which discuss at length Tim Tebow, contrasting him with Michael Sam. Gwinn makes a strong argument that these two were treated very differently by the sports media for purely political purposes.
The book is an easy read. Gwinn writes in a lively, engaging style. This is less a peer-reviewed, scholarly study and more the observations of an insider who has worked in sports media for years. Gwinn's observations largely ring true to me. Gwinn makes a strong case that freedom of expression which runs counter to the left-leaning media is a dangerous thing for those who dare to speak with the courage of their convictions.
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Gwinn has this formatted in a manner resembling a topic binder assembled by a college debate team. If he used names instead of topics for his chapter titles, he could have produced... Read morePublished 6 months ago by proud paleoconservative
Caught my eye in the library. Both entertaining and poignant. ESPN, lately, has pissed me off so much that I felt compelled to spread the good word.Published 8 months ago by A. H. B.
If you've ever had the misfortune of hearing "The Mighty Gwinn" on the radio, reading him in printed form is infinitely more painful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by FTW
Great book exposing the cancer of political correctness permeating our society.
Leave the social issues to the already biased news media, just the sports is my takeaway from... Read more
This book lacks all depth and is written by someone who didn't get past high school English. You don't learn anything new from this book.Published 11 months ago by C7
I hope everyone will read this book. I knew there was bias in regular media, but I had no idea how deeply it was entrenched in Sports! My eyes were truly opened! Great job, Dylan! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mystery Addict
A very good read. I watched how the Sports Press treated Tim Tebow compared to Michael Sam, but this book lays out the contrast in stark terms. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Timothy F.
I don't often write reviews, but this book cries out for one. There is no substance here at all. What other reviewers call a fun read, I call an empty read and I warn you not to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas P. Byrne