A nationally syndicated radio host implies the left-leaning media has been lying in wait for a high-profile sports figure – someone like a Michael Sam – to "out" himself so they can pounce on the story and play it for all it's worth.
The recent announcement by University of Missouri football player Michael Sam – a 2014 NFL draft prospect – that he's "an openly, proud gay man" has much of the media celebrating his "coming out." If drafted, he would become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.
Sam, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeast Conference, made his announcement to his teammates last August, but only recently made his declaration public. Mainstream media outlets are describing Sam's announcement as a "watershed" and "landmark" moment:
- "I think anytime you have a first in any segment of society, it is a watershed moment." (CBS Sports correspondent Jim Brown)
- "This is a really big deal in the world of sports this morning. A college football player headed for the NFL has revealed that he is gay." (NBC's Natalie Morales)
- "This is a big deal. One of the biggest stars, the NFL perhaps about to make history ...." (NBC's Willie Geist)
- "We're going to turn now to that ground-breaking news for the NFL. Likely to have its first openly gay player in the history of the league." (ABC's George Stephanopoulos)
- "He led his team to a Cotton Bowl victory – and now Michael Sam is leading the way to a landmark moment in American sports." (ESPN's Chris Connelly)
Steve Deace, nationally syndicated radio host who has written a column about Sam's announcement, called the media's response the perpetuation of "victimology."
"And the Left has been dying to bring this to the sports arena for a long time because it's one of the last, true remaining meritocracies* we have in America – and the Left hates meritocracies," he tells OneNewsNow.
In regards to social issues, Deace went on to say the mainstream media is entrenched with a pervasive culture of "group think."
"It's just like high school," he says. "What do I have to do, who I have to like, what do I have to think to be part of the cool kids?"
In his column, Deace points out Sam didn't make his announcement until after his dismal performance at the recent Senior Bowl where, as he describes, the defensive lineman "stunk up the joint in front of every NFL scout when he had the chance to prove himself.
"Of course, the subject about this falling draft stock is now forgotten as the victimology crowd in the media talk about how 'courageous' he was to tell them what they want to hear, and accept all their hosannas for it," he adds.
Deace concludes his column by asking: "How come Sam didn't tell us he was a homosexual when his excellence on the field spoke for itself?"
* Meritocracy – a system based on ability; a social system that gives opportunities and advantages to people on the basis of their ability rather than, for example, their wealth or seniority