Football’s biggest night of the year is unquestionably the Super Bowl. Preliminary ratings show that Sunday’s game hit a record high with 72% of televisions watching. That should add up to somewhere around 115 million viewers and an all-time record.
Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is unquestionably the Academy Awards. Last year 43.7 million people tuned in.
If you want to know why the same mainstream media that ignores real scandals treats every NFL scandal (even psi) like Watergate, it is all about the culture wars. The Left is not only angry that football remains one of the few remaining openly patriotic and conservative institutions that hasn’t yet caved to the Left, it is also America’s most popular cultural institution — a lot more popular than Hollywood.
Whether it is Fox News, “Duck Dynasty,” “American Sniper,” “The Passion of the Christ,” or the NFL, the Left just can’t handle cultural apostasy, especially when that apostasy proves itself to be wildly popular.
The NFL made mistakes this past year, no question. But when the mistakes of a sports league generate more media outrage than Benghazi, the IRS, and losing a won war in Iraq, what more do you need to know?
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