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Gowdy Attacks The Media For Abandoning its Role as Neutral Referee

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“Sunday Night in America” host Trey Gowdy opened his second show on Sunday with a sports metaphor to illustrate the dangerous sentiment overtaking modern political discourse in how the news media is no longer acting as a neutral referee but as a cheerleader for one side.

Reflecting on a recent NCAA baseball game, Gowdy recalled a feeling of frustration when an umpire made a call he disagreed with, which prompted a surprising reaction from the former congressman.

“We expect the strike zone to be the same for everyone. That’s what fairness is, the same rules apply equally to everyone,” he said. “A South Carolina batter was called out on a checked swing and it was not a good call, so I began to feel this sense of being treated unfairly, building within me.”

“Then a South Carolina pitcher has a pitch called a ball that looked like a strike to me and everyone else on the planet, and the sense of being treated unfairly began to build even more,” the host continued.

“The perception of unfairness impacts us. It changes us. It makes us do things we would not ordinarily do.”

“A grown man should not be yelling at a TV set over a college baseball game, probably, but the perception of unfairness impacts us. It changes us. It makes us do things we would not ordinarily do,” Gowdy explained. “Being falsely accused or convicted is terrible. So is believing all the calls go against you, and the deck is stacked. I’m sure the umpire was doing the best he could. I’m sure there were some close calls that went our way over the weekend, but in that moment, when I perceived unfairness, the impact was real and it was negative. That’s what the perception of unfairness can do to us.”

He added that both sides of the political aisle feel the system is at times,… (Read more)

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