Is nothing sacred? I just walked through the family room and found Mom’s tv showing me a talk by this guy, a columnist for The American Spectator and author of a new book called “The War on Football: Saving America’s Game.” And to whom is Mr. Flynn giving this talk? Why, to the Heritage Foundation, of course.
To Mr. Flynn all the data about early deaths, early onset of dementia and even suicides among former NFL football players are false. He rails at the medical doctors and scientists who have found disturbing evidence that frequent concussions have been contributing to the growth of chronic traumatic encephalophaly in the brains of older athletes. He’s convinced that weak-kneed liberals are out to sissify America and they’ll even eliminate football to help do it.
I was unaware that football had enlisted in the culture wars, but apparently from Pop Warner to the NFL it surely has.
Once again, we see the dismissal of science by Republicans if it doesn’t fit their narrative of the world. This time it’s between the lines and end zones of a football field. Mr. Flynn, it should be noted, is not a scientist himself. He appears to be a third-string polemicist. The biography he published on his website seems to bear that out, as do the titles of his other books: “Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America” (ISI Books, 2011), “A Conservative History of the American Left” (Crown Forum, 2008), “Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas” (Crown Forum, 2004), and “Why the Left Hates America” (Prima Forum, 2002). Seeing those, I assume he’s attempting to fit into Glenn Beck/Bill O’Reilly territory and not doing as well at it as they have.