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Washington Post And Its Liberal Bigot Ben Strauss Protest Too Much

Thursday, the Washington Post and its media writer Ben Strauss published a hit piece on Clay Travis, Outkick and yours truly.

I’m a subscriber to The Post and other newspapers. I still fantasize about the return of objective, fair journalism. Here’s a link to the Washington Post story about Outkick.  The story isn’t fair or objective. 

Clay consented to an oral interview with the reporter. I declined and offered to respond to the reporter’s questions via email. I’m familiar with Strauss’ work. He’s written about me before. His work is dishonest and racist. He’s the typical white liberal bothered by my refusal to conform to liberal political dogma. 

As you know, I’m a non-voter and reject a political identity. My point of view is driven by my Christian upbringing, football background, working-class parents and belief in American freedom.

For those of you without a subscription to The Post, here’s a brief excerpt from the story that frames the hit piece.

“For years, Travis, who also hosts a gambling show on Fox Sports and runs a website called Outkick, has been building a brand partly rooted in attacking progressive athletes and accusing ESPN of liberal bias. But this summer, as the pandemic, protests over racial injustice and the approaching election collided with the return of sports, Travis’s nascent mini-media empire has morphed into the go-to platform for Republicans hoping to win over sports fans.

“He’s done it with the help of a new business partner, the former Fox Sports personality Jason Whitlock, whose work, like Travis’s, shares political DNA with Trump’s: Sports as red meat in the culture wars, racial grievances, media-bashing.

Whitlock has churned out columns suggesting that George Floyd’s killing was a “race hoax used to divide us.

Their takes have not gone unnoticed by the right. Both have appeared on the Fox News shows of Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. And a parade of conservative politicians and operatives — including U.S. senators, governors, White House aides and even Trump himself — have appeared on Travis’s show, to decry the NBA’s stance on China and cheerlead for the return of sports.”

I did not write or suggest that George Floyd’s killing was a race hoax. Go read the column that Strauss linked. The column argues that Floyd’s death was a tragedy that the media racialized and spun into a hoax to divide black and white people. There’s no proof that former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin’s abuse of power was driven by Floyd’s race. 

It doesn’t matter. Strauss and other white liberals have virtually no interest in the thoughts and ideas of black men. They believe we’re supposed to regurgitate and reflect their thoughts and values. Strauss quoted me once in his story. Twenty-two words of a 2,286-word story. That’s slightly less than 1 percent. Here’s the quote:

“I was attracted to the business opportunity and the freedom to say exactly what I think without worrying about some scared executive.”

Via email, Strauss asked me four questions. I answered them all. On August 18, I told Strauss that I would not preempt his story by publishing his questions on Outkick. Clay and I did that to a Daily Beast reporter in July. I made Strauss no promises about my answers. Now that his story is out I don’t believe I’m breaking any promises by publishing his questions. 

Below are his questions and my responses. 

1) Clay said he does not view Outkick as part of political media and I’m wondering if you feel the same way?

Outkick is a startup media site, three months into a relaunch. We’re just starting to define ourselves. The vision is to be seen as the authority on sports and all the relevant culture related to sports. Athletes have made a hard turn into politics, and we’re going to cover that turn. We’re going to go wherever sports take us. COVID-19 is a big part of the sports conversation. We cover COVID. Journalism follows the truth wherever it leads. Outkick is a fearless, authentic and fun look at the sports world. That’s where we want to land. That’s where we’re headed. 

2) What was your interest in joining the site? What do you expect Outkick to be as a media company?

My interest in the site was I thought Outkick had a great chance to speak to and attract the sports fans frustrated with the way ESPN, FOX Sports and other media outlets covered the sports world. Sports are about conquerors and winners, not victims. The mainstream media has turned the discussion of sports into the victimhood olympics. The traditional culture of sports preaches that all problems begin and end with the men and women in the mirror and in the locker room. The constant debate about whether the NFL oppressed Colin Kaepernick with millions of dollars and a level of notoriety he couldn’t garner in any other profession bothers a large segment of sports fans. Outkick is targeted at those fans. I was attracted to the business opportunity and the freedom to say exactly what I think without worrying about some scared executive.  

3) Is there anything you’d like to say about your evolution from the Undefeated to your views today. The Undefeated was a place that intended to cover sports through the lens of race, and in your early discussions with staff you wanted LeBron James and his activism to be central to the site. At Outkick, you’ve been very critical of James and his activism.

My views haven’t really changed from then until now. Any objective analysis of my written work as a columnist in Ann Arbor Michigan to the Kansas City Star to ESPN.com to FOXSports.com to now and it’s all fueled by the same guiding principles — Christian faith, football values, working-class common sense. I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007 because I wrote that Don Imus wasn’t the real problem for black people, our own self-hatred and disrespect were more damaging than the words of a shock jock we don’t listen to. I’m still writing about sports through the lens of race. Nothing has changed. Below is what I exactly wrote in The Undefeated playbook about how I wanted the site to cover LeBron James. He is pursuing Muhammad Ali’s legacy. Lately I’ve been writing about how he has failed in that pursuit or that his pursuit has drifted off course. 

LeBron Project: The site will take the position that LeBron James is no longer in pursuit of Michael Jordan’s status as the greatest basketball player of all time. LeBron’s target is bigger. He is pursuing Muhammad Ali, arguably the most influential and important athlete of the 20th Century. James’ move back to Cleveland is about empowering his inner circle — Rich Paul, Maverick Carter, Randy Mims and Gloria James — their business and charitable interests and LeBron’s vision of being a global role model. As a site, we want to be the source on LeBron James the man. We want to assign a reporter to live in Akron and cover LeBron James Inc., as he transitions from Jordan to Ali. This will be the site’s signature sports project. The reporter assigned to this project will be supported by an editor and Jason Whitlock, who has relatively close ties with Maverick Carter, Rich Paul and others within James’ inner circle.

4) Wanted to run one piece of information by you…I’ve been told by several people that your relationship to Outkick is more than content creator and I believe you’ve alluded to this too. You are an equity partner and investor and the amount you invested in the site was $500k.

I have an equity stake in Outkick. We released that information in a press release written by me, Clay Travis and Sam Savage. It’s not a rumor that I’m more than a content creator. I’m a partner. It’s listed in my bio on Outkick.com. 

That’s the end of our email exchange. 

Strauss wrote in his story that according to a person with “direct knowledge of the agreement, Whitlock paid $500,000” for his stake in Outkick. Clay told Strauss directly that this was not true. I didn’t address it because I try to avoid foolishness, and I figured Strauss would publish a lie regardless of what I said.  He proved me right. 

Which hammers my larger point. The ideas, desires and welfare of black people do not really matter to white liberals. They are the decision-makers and thought leaders for black people. They mask their disdain for and bigotry toward black people by financing clever political marketing campaigns such as Black Lives Matter. 

The limousine liberals doth protest too much, methinks. 

If you want Jason Whitlock for your TV or radio show or podcast, contact gary@outkick.com.

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Jason Whitlock is a longtime sports writer, TV personality, radio host, podcaster and the newest member of the Outkick family.
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  1. I’ve mentioned a couple three times about your headlines, Jason. Once I commented if you didn’t write that particular headline then you should have talked to the person who did (b/c the headline, in my opinion didn’t fit the words you wrote).
    You know a person looks at the headline first, and after reading the commentary (or the facts-based story) they leave that experience remembering the headline much more than the written word, unless it was a feel-good story.
    How many times do we see a liberal flamethrower headline…and in the third paragraph they say that the headline really wasn’t true, or we determine that the headline is fake news.
    C’mon Jason…C’mon Man…you’re better than that, to let a headline get past you.

      • JLW: “I did not write or suggest that George Floyd’s killing was a race hoax.”

        OK Headline you reference: LEAKED VIDEO EXPOSES GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH
        AS TRAGEDY AND RACE HOAX USED TO DIVIDE US

        Unless I’m missing something, or not understanding…you’re responsible for the headline in your George Floyd piece.

        • I think big Whit is getting after the point that the death itself was tragic, and certainly avoidable, but the media perpetrated the race hoax, as they now do anytime a black man dies by the hand of the police, while conveniently failing to register when the same thing happens to white or Hispanic men. Or worse yet ignoring the hundreds that die by the hands of other black men every year.

          • Guys…Jason has to consider anything and everything that can damage his brand and damage his credibility. He’s preaching to the choir here…but if he wants NBA players, especially, to hear what he’s saying…well, he shit the bed.
            All the left, and the people who spoon up the marxist gruel, has to do is point to that headline and Jason’s message is mort. He can’t cry foul…it won’t resonate.

  2. In listening to Clay this morning he brought up the article and how every time piece like this is written. Views, clicks, audience increase. Which I believe is true. Someone once told me in business any publicity is good publicity.

    But on the flip side, based on Clay’s discussion on the article, I had to click on the Post and read it. Which i typically would not go to a Post or NY times article.

    I did find the article very off base though. I started listening to Clay 3 years ago (more or less) when he came on the local station. Not because I am a middle age white guy that watches football. But because the content is excellent.

    Jason, I for whatever reason did not know or you or had not follow you. But I look forward to your point of view day in and day out.

    Whether you are right or wrong. Whether listeners agree or disagree with you, you both allow us to think in ways other media. They try to tell you what to think, whereas you give us something to think about.

    Huge difference and thank you.

  3. In listening to Clay this morning he brought up the article and how every time piece like this is written. Views, clicks, audience increase. Which I believe is true. Someone once told me in business any publicity is good publicity.

    But on the flip side, based on Clay’s discussion on the article, I had to click on the Post and read it. Which i typically would not go to a Post or NY times article.

    I did find the article very off base though. I started listening to Clay 3 years ago (more or less) when he came on the local station. Not because I am a middle age white guy that watches football. But because the content is excellent.

    Jason, I for whatever reason did not know of you or had not followed you. But I look forward to your point of view day in and day out.

    Whether you are right or wrong. Whether listeners agree or disagree with you, you both allow us to think in ways other media do not. They try to tell you what to think, whereas you give us something to think about.

    Huge difference and thank you.

    • “HUGE DIFFERENCE”
      “Whether you are right or wrong. Whether listeners agree or disagree with you, you both allow us to think in ways other media do not. They try to tell you what to think, whereas you give us something to think about.”

      That sums up perfectly why everyday why I get my news here first. Thanks Kent for that summation.

  4. Great stuff, a few takeaways:

    1. You guys at outkick should be very proud, you’re obviously scarring the hell out of turkey burgers like this strauss guy.

    2. For a hit piece, he didn’t hit you very well at all. I came away thinking that you guys are building the most innovative sports media site in the country.

    3. Someone please tell this Strauss guy that its okay to change your mind, in fact its inevitable. Of course Clay and Jason’s perspectives today are different from 15 years, 15 months, or even 15 minutes ago. They are highly intelligent men who are constantly evolving. I too voted for Obama twice. This is not the same democratic party, nor the same America as 2004.

    4. Damn right the Trump family wants to align themselves with college football fans. Just before the 2016 election I was watching my beloved NC State Wolfpack, and who comes walking down the aisle but Don Jr. with 3 of his buddies. What struck me was that they stayed and watched about 90 minutes of the game, interacted with fans and enjoyed themselves. They left after 90 minutes to a standing ovation from everyone in our section of the stadium.

    • Hey Robert…I voted for Obama in 2008…only BLUE vote for Prez I ever made. Fool me once…that one was on Obama b/c he was well spoken and pretended to be a centrist. He truly was a Manchurian Candidate in every sense of the word and he nearly destroyed America from the inside. If Hillary followed Obama in 2016 (we wouldn’t even be having this convo lol) our country would now be beyond saving and we’d never have another Republican president. I voted Romney in 2012 thinking no way he could lose…he had everything Obama did, including an actual resume in business (incl. running the 84 US Olympic Committee) away from being a totally political being.

  5. “The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man. Let me explain what I mean by the white liberal. In America there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican anymore. In America you have liberals and conservatives. The only people living in the past who think in terms of I’m a Democrat or Republican, is the American Negro. He’s the one that runs around bragging about party affiliation. He’s the one that sticks to the Democrat or sticks to the Republican. But white people are divided into two groups, liberals and conservative. The Democrats who are conservative, vote with the Republicans who are conservative. The Democrats who are liberal vote with the Republicans that are liberal. The white liberal aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. The same as the white conservative is a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro, 20 million black people. A political football, a political pawn, an economic football, and economic pawn. A social football, a social pawn. The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal. The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man. The only way that our problem will be solved is when the black man wakes up, clean himself up, stand on his own feet and stop begging the white man, and take immediate steps to do for ourselves the things that we have been waiting on the white man to do for us. Once we do for self then we will be able to solve our own problems’ “The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro either, but they at least don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the “smiling” fox. One is the wolf, the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.”

    — Malcolm X

    • Douglas, that’s a great quote by Malcom X…..On the backs of heroes like MLK, John Lewis, and others, we have come so far since the 60’s. We elected a black president. Kids of all colors play together. Kids of all colors idolize black entertainers and athletic heroes. Yet sadly, Malcom X’s quote about white liberals is more true today than ever before. White liberals are not only halting progress, but tearing our country apart. White liberals, stirring hate, stirring anger, and stirring fear, do not care how many black lives are lost in riots and lawless cities. They do not care about black lives. They do not care about children’s lives. They do not care about lives are lost due to the systemic resisting arrest which they promote. They only care about their own power and control.

      • The Washington post is the same newspaper that a few days ago published a piece saying if Biden is not elected, then violence will increase (a disgusting and thinly veiled threat that Leftists will promote even more violence if they don’t get their way)……………Do you know what you racist liberals? It doesn’t matter how much the NBA and their sycophantic media promote anarchy. It doesn’t matter what twitter algorithms Jack Dorsey writes for Mark Cuban. And it doesn’t matter how much the NBA rigs the playoffs to promote Lebron’s message of “wokeness”. We, OutKick readers and Americans who love our country, will not succumb to cowardice 2020. We will not kneel before false idols of BLM.

  6. Great Article Whitlock God has picked you and outkick to fight for the sports fans of the past and present thats changing due to a sinful culture that trying to replace men masculinity and leadership. I see this as your ministry due to the fact of your experience and background in this industry. They know you and you know them. So your fellow Hoosier stands with you continue to be free and stand on truth no matter what. At the end of the day you and outkick well prevail.

  7. Robert Silverman…The Daily Beast…HIT PIECE.
    Remember what happened? You guys ate his lunch and torched that attempt to trash you by getting his questions in writing and then responding at the OUTKICK site so he had to be transparent, in addition to directing his readers and other libtards to your site. Brilliant.
    Great strategy then…why not now?
    You know this guy, Ben Strauss, and decided to make “Daily Beast 2”: The Sequel”…very smart.

    Clay goes live…not so smart. We do it all the time…we think we’re smarter than the other guy.
    Hell, even Joe Biden did a good job against Paul Ryan in the 2012 VP debate. And you woulda thought Paul Ryan would have eaten his lunch!!!
    Kinda like Pete Carroll in SUPE 49…he coulda HAMMERED Marshawn BEAST MODE Lynch into the line and WON the Chip…but he was too smart by half…in his mind.

  8. When your the target of leftist scum you must be doing things right. These people are delusional, talk about a bubble ,( NBA setup aptly named) they think every one thinks like them because they don’t know anybody who doesn’t think like them! Thank God this woke junk is a minority. (smaller than most think) Post survives because of Bezoz money, but will eventually die like sports leagues if they don’t wake up.

  9. When you’re the target of leftist scum you must be doing things right. These people are delusional, talk about a bubble ,( NBA setup aptly named) they think every one thinks like them because they don’t know anybody who doesn’t think like them! Thank God this woke junk is a minority. (smaller than most think) Post survives because of Bezoz money, but will eventually die like sports leagues if they don’t wake up.

  10. This douche reporter is writing for people like himself. “Ben Strauss” sounds like a guy who got slapped around growing up and got no chicks. As Michael points out above, this woke crap is a minority. No one I know discusses this stuff.

  11. Jason, receiving a hit piece from The Washington Post should be considered a badge of honor. As a daily viewer of SFY, when you left and joined Clay at Outkick it was only logical for me to become a VIP member. I’m sure most everyone will agree sports and politics are not a good mix. Unfortunately woke
    politics have invaded sports. Because of that fact Outkick is having to follow the relevant story lines. That being said if Outkick was a mirror of ESPN I wouldn’t have joined. Platforms for the woke are a dime a dozen. Platforms for sports loving, common sense, hard truth seekers are rare. You and Clay are killing it. Keep up the great work. Maybe the New York Times or CNN will come after you next.

  12. I’ve been a PROUD subscriber to Outkick for a couple of months now. So cool to see major “Fish wraps” like the Washington Post try and disparage Clay and Jason. Good luck with that as we can all see the truth. Outkick stands with us that believe in meritocracy in sports and in life. Actions speak louder than “woke” words. The radical left is allowing us to see who really they are and what their ideas of America will look like. Cancel culture, rioting (mostly white) thugs out in the streets taking what they did not earn by force, burning out out decades of hard work with faux rage by spoiled adult/children Thanks so much for your awesome work Jason and Clay. If you are reading this please show your support by becoming an Outkick subscriber. Cancel the Post and Times subscriptions. Do like many of us free tinkers are doing. Vote with your wallet Support Outkick and their brave work. It is time for our side to be heard loudly!

  13. Four little letters: H.O.A.X… That word describes the left’s narrative manipulation so perfectly, they recoil like a vampire at sunlight whenever it’s applied. Mr. Whitlock’s real message, so often scrambled by race hustlers, is making sure justice is done in the wake of police brutality is something all reasonable people can unify behind. Pushing the false narrative that it only happens to minorities or that it is officially sanctioned genocide is what divides us. Mr. Whitlock’s courage continues to be a tremendous blessing to this country’s media landscape.

  14. Jason The Washington Post is a fraud the make thing up all the time. The are fake news with there animas sources. Your video was tremendous .For black athletes to a line them self with BLM and these types of cases is crazy . As for as Rayshard Brooks goes I think the cop shoot him because of the kids in the car . It was clear that he was not in his right mind just by being there. Then fighting the cop being tasered and have a knife . I would Bet he was under the influence of something .To let him drive off with kids in the car is not good at all .

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