Alex Marlow, editor-in-chief of Breitbart News, explains to Politico’s Jason Schwartz why the politicization of the national anthem at NFL football games is such a white-hot topic in America’s culture wars.
“There is an unbelievable amount of interest,” Marlow said on Sunday night. “I’m looking at my 10 or 11 top stories now, and maybe 7 of them are NFL related.”
“This is the radicalization of the NFL right now,” he said. “It’s being encouraged by the media, it’s being encouraged by Hollywood and I don’t think that people, at least if the comments and the phone calls to Breitbart are any reflection, I don’t think they like it. They just want neutrality, they don’t want politics in football games.”
“A lot of people know Andrew Breitbart for his quote, politics is downstream from culture, so the cultural issues that fold in the politics tend to be utterly explosive in terms of the interest level from our readers,” Marlow said.
Marlow denied that there was racial motivation behind the post. “Sports is supposed to be about athletic excellence and is essentially color-blind,” he emailed Monday. “The race-obsessed left has declared the normative belief that the most privileged group of people in our society (professional athletes) should stand for our national anthem racist. It’s absurd and there is no way they are going to convince the public.”
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