One born every minute

The grift, she is strong.

For years, Travis, who also hosts a gambling show on Fox Sports and runs a website called Outkick, has been building a brand partly rooted in attacking progressive athletes and accusing ESPN of liberal bias. But this summer, as the pandemic, protests over racial injustice and the approaching election collided with the return of sports, Travis’s nascent mini-media empire has morphed into the go-to platform for Republicans hoping to win over sports fans.

… The motivation is clear for politicos, said Republican strategist Jim Hobart, given Travis’s audience of red-state SEC fans.

“These sports issues can be a very effective base motivator,” he explained. “They can drive donor interest, especially small-donor interest, and the reason they are going on with Clay is that he reaches the same audience that they are trying to reach.”

For Travis, the calculation may be riskier. After spending years lambasting the politicization of sports and arguing about the business downsides of activism, his own politics may be impacting his long-term position in sports media.

He’s not hiding anything, because he doesn’t feel the need to hide anything, which says a lot about what he thinks of the people he’s pitching his shtick to.

“Stick to sports” is profitable in this day and age, if you know how to sell it.  And whom to sell it to.

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22 responses to “One born every minute

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    The Washington Post is just as guilty, or not, of the sins it accuses Clay Travis of.

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  2. Derek

    Those were 1860 numbers when the US population was less than one tenth of what it is today.

    The updated figures reveal that there’s a sucker born about every five seconds and they will believe anyone about anything so long as it fits neatly within the biases formed on their reptilian brain stems:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexreimer/2020/06/04/laura-ingrahams-double-standard-on-drew-brees-and-lebron-james/

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  3. Don in Mar-a-Lago

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    • Hahahaha He does have such nattily coifed hair, does he not?

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      Lol.

      Gee, I wonder why this bunch of bullshit was printed last night.

      What could’ve happened within the last few days that the Democrats desperately needed to draw attention away from so their friendly media helpers stepped in to save their asses?

      If you believe this is true when no one goes on the record, well, that’s on you.

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      • Don in Mar-a-Lago

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      • Don in Mar-a-Lago

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

          Donny, ten people, including retired and active military have already gone on record to say this is bullshit.

          Here’s the thing: It could be true. Of course it could be true! I mean, it’s Trump. No one should ever be surprised by anything that he says or doesn’t say.

          But this is only true for you because you want it to be true. Desperately. Like, I can feel it through the 1’s and 0’s how much you need this to be true.

          Me? I’m done with anonymous sources in journalism. I’m calling bullshit on this in the same way I’m calling bullshit on all those CFB writers who spent the entire summer using anonymous sources to get the football season cancelled.

          Journalism is dead. If you don’t believe it, read this ridiculous article that the Senator posted and then read Jason Whitlock and Clay Travis’s recorded conversations / emails with Ben Strauss and tell me differently.

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  4. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Senator, I hate to rain on your happy parade, but if you’re gonna post a WaPo hit piece, well, Jason Whitlock has the receipts, so to speak, and they’re far more informative than this garbage you want to believe is true.

    Read the email exchanges between WaPo and Whitlock and tell me who you believe. It’s only fair, after all.

    https://www.outkick.com/washington-post-and-its-liberal-bigot-ben-strauss-protest-too-much/

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    • Your loyalty to Travis is duly noted.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Really? That’s all you have?

        Come on, man. It’s not loyalty, it’s about what is the truth, Senator.

        You’ve been snookered. You want this hit piece to be true, so you believe it.

        Whitlock and Travis have published the actual extent of their conversations with Strauss and you can see that Strauss purposefully took what they said out of context in order to push his predetermined narrative. You also forgot to say he did this once already re: Travis when Strauss worked at Politico.

        Come on, man. I get it. You don’t like Travis. But to believe in lies because they reflect what you want to believe, well, that’s on you.

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  5. ASEF

    Clay saw Hannity’s private jet and thought, “How do I get some of that action?”

    It’s so transparently an act of pandering. Finebaum caters to his audience, but he doesn’t fellate them. Clay is the dictionary picture for media whore.

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  6. 123fakest

    Seems to me the only people that read Travis are leftists. He is constantly getting articles written about him by the left. It’s free publicity for him.

    I wouldn’t even know where to find him.

    Oh, and Ben Strauss’ bio is hilarious and not surprising.

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  7. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    And now here’s Travis with his own receipts to show how deceitful Ben Strauss and WaPo were, Senator.

    It seems the only people who’s being grifter here are those who believe anything WaPo or Ben Strauss publishes.

    https://www.outkick.com/washington-post-strikes-out-in-hit-piece-attempt/

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      *grifted

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    • ASEF

      Only the most principled media whores for you, Corch

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        And yet, you literally don’t refute it, you just insult me.

        Seriously, does what is actually true not matter to anyone anymore? Are we seriously a society that only goes in for our preferred narrative?

        The truth fucking matters. Travis and Whitlock recorded their conversations with Ben Strauss and present them to you free of charge so you can see what kind of a liar Strauss is and the depths to which this era of journalism has shrunk, and all you can do is insult me.

        I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

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