The Washington Post’s Puff Piece On Britt McHenry Is Borderline Parody

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David Hookstead Sports And Entertainment Editor
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The Washington Post published one of its funnier pieces Wednesday with a profile of former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.

Some people might remember that I previously called out the media for falling into McHenry’s political spin zone in what appeared to be an attempt to get a job with a conservative news outlet. To her credit she’s done an impressive job controlling the narrative.

In my piece from a couple weeks ago, I criticized the media for not questioning how vocally right-wing she had become. Apparently, The Washington Post must be a big fan of mine and follow all of my content pretty closely, because their piece “Laid off by ESPN, Britt McHenry is having ‘an awakening’ as a vocal conservative,” sounds like a parody piece I might have written.

It was as if the author read what I wrote and then tried to do every single thing I criticized the media of doing when it comes McHenry.

The Washington Post piece reads in part:

“What’s attractive to me right now is more than just sports,” she said. “And there aren’t a lot of women who are not afraid to express their opinion, like I have been, on the Right side. And so again, does that limit outlets? Yeah, but I think if you hate me, or if you love what I’m saying, it’s true to what I think. I’m not making it up. … I feel like a weight’s lifted off my shoulders, that I can say what I believe.”

Thank goodness the Washington Post gave this American hero a platform to remind everybody that she has many opinions about many different things, and to remind the world that she’s a very honest and humble person.

It only gets better. The Washington Post insinuated that she is not only potentially oppressed but also a star worthy of more headlines — all in the same paragraph.

The paper wrote:

Some friends have wondered if being a vocal conservative might cost McHenry potential jobs — gigs such as sideline reporting, where controversy isn’t likely prized. But McHenry isn’t sure jobs such as that are in her future anyhow. She once interned in the political division at Fox News, and she can see herself reentering that sphere. Whatever she does next, she wants to remain free to express her opinions. Which means you’ll likely see her name in more headlines. 

I won’t be surprised one bit if McHenry gets a job at Fox News sooner or later, and I sincerely mean that. The winds are shifting and things are moving behind the scenes when it comes to McHenry, or at least that’s what I’ve been told by those who appear to be in the know.

Anyways, outstanding work from the Post. Just grade-A performance when it comes to journalism. Nothing is better than giving a voice to the voiceless. Well done WaPo, well done indeed.

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