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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 16, 2021 – Hour 1

Michael McCaffrey joins guest host Jerry Usher to discuss the politicization of sports and Michael New discusses the recent findings on American attitudes towards abortion in a new Gallup poll.

Politicizing Sports

When the MLB announced it was leaving Georgia after its recent voter reform law, many said they were boycotting watching MLB games in person and on TV. Has the MLB and other major sports leagues seen a drop in ticket sales and ratings? Columnist Michael McCaffrey joins us.

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Major League Baseball risks losing the last of its politics-weary viewers after moving game over Georgia’s election law — RT Op-ed

Michael McCaffrey is a writer and cultural critic who lives in Los Angeles. His work can be read at RT, Counterpunch and at his website He is also the host of the popular cinema podcast Looking California and Feeling Minnesota. Follow him on Twitter @MPMActingCo.

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New findings on American attitudes towards abortion

Last week, Gallup released the results of their annual poll on sanctity of life issues. Unsurprisingly, a number of media outlets are aggressively spinning the results to argue that there has been an increase in public sentiment in favor of legal abortion. In particular, the fact that a record high 47 percent of Americans view abortion “morally acceptable” received a great deal of attention from the mainstream media. Michael New joins us to discuss if this is actually the case.

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Abortion Polling: Gallup Survey Is More Complicated than Media Coverage | National Review

POLL: Most Mass-Goers Say No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians – CatholicVote

Fight for Faith, Fight for Life Rallies to Launch in 7 Cities Calling on Catholic Bishops to Stand Firm, Defend Children From Abortion Violence – Students for Life Action

Michael New is a research associate at the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America and is an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_J_new.

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