Turns out, people watching television want to Make America Great Again instead of taking a knee when it comes to patriotism.
From Deadline Hollywood:
Fueled by mostly nonstop coverage of Donald Trump’s nose-thumbing race to the White House, FNC locked up the wins both in prime time and in total day, and every hour on the network’s lineup logged double-digit jumps compared to 2015. Fox News bagged its biggest audiences ever both in prime time and in total day with 2.4 million and 1.4 million viewers, respectively.
USA Network tried to get out ahead of FNC’s celebration with its own announcement, boasting it would end 2016 as the No. 1 entertainment cable network in total viewers for an 11th straight year. But mostly, entertainment cable networks just could not come up with scripted storylines as as gob-smacking and ratings-getting as the endless material churned out daily for the cable news networks – and, mostly particularly for FNC viewers – as did real estate developer turned reality star turned GOP hijacker Donald Trump.
Adding to FNC’s victory-lap fun, the network closes out 2016 as the fifth-most-watched primetime in all of television, behind only Big Four broadcasters networks NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox, in order. FNC noted in particular that it beat ESPN, which ranked sixth for the year, also besting USA — though, of course, ESPN is a “sports” network not an “entertainment” net.ESPN spends billions on rights to NFL and NCAA games. The politicization of NFL games has turned off many fans.
And ESPN is cool with Colin Kaepernick's antics and respect America and its national anthem.
In fact, many ESPN staff members cheer him on.
From Ian O'Connor, ESPN Senior Writer:
Colin Kaepernick stood tall while sitting down, which is not an easy thing to do. In fact, what he did in benching himself for the national anthem on Friday night was the hardest thing he could possibly do.
The easy thing? That would be standing silently with his teammates on the San Francisco 49ers sideline, cutting against the grain of his conscience. Nobody would've known the difference. Nobody would have reason to challenge his patriotism, to call him all kinds of nasty names, and to remind him, by the way, that he has devolved into a lousy quarterback who should be spending more time with his playbook anyway.We get it, ESPN and its owner Disney. You hate America.
Portraying an ingrate like Colin Kaepernick as a hero is as dumb as proclaiming Bruce Jenner courageous because he got a boob job and changed his name to Caitlyn.
ESPN did that too.
Politicizing sports is another terrible idea by the Left that undermines another institution. People turn to sports for entertainment, not lectures. Disrespecting the country is not entertaining.
Good luck in 2017, ESPN and Disney.
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