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NY Times’ Harvey Araton Misses Opportunity to Speak Out on the Issue of Government Bailouts

“Hi, I’m Harvey Araton, and I think we need to have more sports guys getting involved in social issues. Like John Madden. I think he’d be a great political activist.”


Harvey Araton has been a sports columnist for the New York Times since 1991 and yet despite his position at one of America’s most important newspapers, he has never used his space in the sports section to speak out on some of America’s most important political issues.

A perfect example of this is Harvey Araton’s whitewashing of the Taxed Enough Already tea parties in which Americans came together Wednesday to push for fiscal responsibility and a say in how they are governed.

In the midst of The Biggest Crisis Since The Great Depression, Harvey Araton was silent as so many Americans were having their money taken from them in order to finance the lavish lifestyles of Wall Street bankers and Detroit CEOs who are getting bailed out.

Harvey Araton might have it easy at the New York Times, being nominated for Pulitzer Prizes and selling books, but it’s not so for most of us, and he shouldn’t take advantage of his position just to sell books. Just because he’s a sports writer who ostensibly has no credibility in politics and probably disagrees with me on the fact that a $1,700 billion deficit is insane doesn’t mean he shouldn’t write a column saying that a $1,700 billion deficit is insane.

I say this because Harvey Araton attacked John Madden in his latest column for not speaking out on social issues.

Harvey Araton laments:

“Unfortunately, as the national voice of his sport, he was more the mouse who didn’t roar but played it safe, by punting most controversy, like other champion American pitchmen, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.”

Oh no, God forbid we don’t get our political news from Michael Jordan or John Madden!

The fact that Jordan was so much better at basketball than Tractor Traylor shows that he knows politics and he knows what’s right for us.

Stephen A. Smith has called for athletes to get involved too, to get involved like Jim Brown and to get young black college football stars thrown in jail like Brown helped Maurice Clarett do.

Not to attack Jim Brown, but Brown did encourage Clarett to leave Ohio State early while he was obviously immature, and Brown compared Ohio State Athletic Director Andy Geiger a slave master. Yes, we all know how well Brown’s activism helped Clarett.

Harvey Araton mentioned labor, steroids, and concussions as three subjects in which Madden should have taken a stance. (Column)

Really? Here’s a simple stance on each:
Labor – Players make millions of dollars, and they can go on strike if they don’t think that’s enough.
Steroids – They should be illegal, because they unnaturally enhance player’s strength, and the players should be tested for them.
Concussions – Sorry, I’m not a doctor, and neither is Madden, but judging by his commentary, maybe he knows more about concussions than me.

Alright, so Harvey Araton probably disagrees with me on the first point, because he seems like a liberal guy due to his constant cries for social activism, so I guess I should just shut up about the proletariat worker-players already being paid enough since Harvey Araton disagrees and he doesn’t really want people to be socially active if they disagree.

Same thing with Tiger Woods, whom Harvey Araton said isn’t socially active. I’m sure Harvey Araton thinks that Woods, being the first black to win the Masters, should have a lot to say about race.

In fact, he does. He calls himself “Cablinasian” because of his mixed heritage, which consists of one-quarter Chinese, one-quarter Thai, one-quarter African American, one-eighth Native American, and one-eighth Dutch. Instead of being celebrated for his multi-culturalism, he’s been criticized for it.

Eddie Payton, Walter’s brother and a golfer, said, “There are [no black golfers]. None that will profess to be an African-American. We have a hybrid who happens to be the greatest player of our generation.”

Which, I guess is true, because Woods is a hybrid, and it could be seen as disrespectful to his mother for him to deny her ancestry. He has pride each part of his diverse background.

But, you know, he can’t say stuff like that if you disagree with him. That said, Tiger did speak at The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in January, so Harvey Araton should be celebrating that.

As for me, I’m going to take this next paragraph to say that the solution to extreme debt is not more debt. We cannot spend out way to prosperity with money we do not have. As we increase spending to record numbers, we cannot, at the same time, give tax breaks to people who don’t pay taxes. This kind of irresponsibility is going to bankrupt the nation.

Sorry if you disagree, but I’m just doing my duty as a sports writer to comment on politics.

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