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CNN Can’t Get Over White Males Having an Opinion on Simone Biles

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Failing CNN morning TV host Brianna Keilar is upset that a select number of media personalities do not think Simone Biles’ decision to bow out of the women’s gymnastics team competition at the Tokyo Olympics this week was heroic. In criticizing Biles’ critics, Keilar targeted Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb.

In a video posted to Twitter, Gottlieb disapproved of Biles leaving her team out to dry and then asked the rhetorical question: what if that had been LeBron who had quit at the most crucial moment? Gottlieb’s response to Biles’ decision was rather moderate, no more controversial than the average radio and TV personality’s take. He asked questions and correctly noted that the media has different standards for different athletes.

How dare Gottlieb think for himself and not check with Jemele Hill before criticizing a black athlete! CNN was not happy, and called Gottlieb and other critics of Biles such as Charlie Kirk simply “white males,” as though that’s supposed to be a pejorative rather than a descriptive term.

Check out the creative chyron:

That will get them.

You’re probably asking yourself what Gottlieb’s and Kirk’s white skin color has to do with their commentary on Biles. Does this mean we start calling Brianna Keilar a white female talking head or Don Lemon a black male talking head? These are reasonable questions to process in your mind. But, please, stop asking these questions. White men are the problem, and we should treat them as such. At least, that is what blue-chip TV networks tell us to do.

For CNN viewers, few labels are as damaging as “white male.”

See, the white male talking heads chyron signals to the far-left that they must immediately stop what they are doing, hop on Twitter, and call some white guys racist. Or privileged and bigoted. And maybe even terrorists.

In 2021, white men in sports media are supposed to use their platform to apologize for their race and gender. For whatever reason, though, Gottlieb doesn’t wake up with the guilt others demand from him.

“Dear @CNN,” Gottlieb tweets, “why would you label fair commentary on Simone Biles ‘White Male Talking heads’?

“If you want to have me on, it isn’t hard to reach out, but the labeling of my race makes my commentary somehow race based? Why would you do that?”

Gottlieb’s last question has a simple answer. TV networks plan to fight racism with actual racism. CNN and ESPN hosts, writers at the New York Times and Washington Post, and blue check Twitter users exclusively view subjects through racial lenses. In this case, Simon Biles is a black woman. Thus, she falls in favor of the press, no matter what she does.

When someone offers mild criticism of Biles, media members reframe it as criticism of a black woman, not of Simone Biles. If the critic happens to be a white male — Gottlieb, Kirk, or Will Cain — the media see it as a white man criticizing a black woman. Therefore, CNN and ESPN view even the mildest criticism as harsh and racist.

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Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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    • She’s a chunker. Really annoying. Thinks shes wicked smart but just constantly whines about this white guy or that white guy. Last week it was Tucker, this week Gotlieb, next week probably Clay. I feel sorry for whoever wakes up next to that miserable chunky faced bimbo. What Gotlieb said was accurate. It’s insane to think that in the crazy lefts eyes quitting is heroic. These people have totally left the reservation and there ain’t no coming back. We are living in the fucking twilight zone.

      • I get what you’re saying but how many tens of thousands of times over and over has she done those moves without issues. I think it was a pressure thing. If it’s such a common thing why has no other top level gymnast ever dropped out of a competition because of it. I think people are just trying to give her cover. You don’t just forget how to do something that you’ve done since you were 5 years old. That’s my take on it. I don’t think she’s a terrible human being but she quit that’s all.

        • That comment was supposed to go in the Simone article, I don’t know how the hell it ended up here. Sometime it just erases my comments this time it sent me to another article. Geez Louise.

  1. Hey lets have race – gender – sexual preference adjectives in front of EVERY media talking head. … Also “who they voted for”.
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    So it would be “CNN’s gay, black guy who Hates Trump” Don Lemon said today that ….
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  2. Good article, Bobby.

    But nothing will change unfortunately. The people who make everything about race and then scream “Racists!” have no idea how stupid they sound, only a navel gazing Woketard with no self-awareness whatsoever can RACIALize everything and then call everyone ELSE a racist… and those clowns (unfortunately too numerous) are way too dumb and closed minded to learn anything new about the way the world really works.

    So what can we do. Laugh at them and dunk on them, that’s is about it. Keep those coming please.

  3. After hearing more about this story it seems Biles has a real health issue causing her to be at risk of severe injury. The twisties is a thing for gymnasts that makes them lose sense of where they are in the air on flips. It’s apparently a real thing. She was filmed falling several times in practice leading up to the announcement. I think she’s got a legit reason not to compete after hearing about it.

    • Vertigo? I’m been around sports my whole life, I’m sure you have too, and I’ve never heard of the twisties… but if some reliable source from the gymnastics world, not some dumbass reporter, says it’s a thing, I might buy it. It would have to be a Bart Connor/Nadia Comaneci level person, someone credible. Until then…

      • Yeah it sounds like that but also like the thing where divers or pilots don’t know which way is up or down because you’re mind is confused. I’m no gymnast fan but Biles posted video of herself practicing the days before her announcement and she fell several times badly. Something was definitely wrong. With this kind of a sport I would get it, because you could literally break your neck if something like that goes on. I was originally thinking this was another Osaka type “mental health timeout”, but this seems like a more serious problem you can just play through or gut out. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt. That said, I don’t think she handled communication of this very well and should have just explained all this upfront.

  4. Do you know the difference between crazy people and MAGA people? MAGA are not crazy! America Matters. The 2021 Olympics not so much. The bigoted, hateful corporate media, not at at all.

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