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Don Surber has a wonderful post about cause célèbre Brittney Griner:

The lead was in Paragraph 73
Congratulations to Disney's ESPN for setting an American record in journalism by burying its lead in a news story. Assigned to cover Brittney Griner's homecoming in Waco, Texas, home of Baylor University, ESPN reporters Elizabeth Merrill and M.A. Voepel unleashed 72 paragraphs of background before getting to the actual story they were assigned.

Paragraph 73 said, "Brittney Griner's Homecoming was celebrated Monday night in front of 20 people at University Baptist Church in Waco. Baylor is on winter break, and a few of the people who were supposed to attend were sick. The church livestreamed the event."

20 people.
That's it.

In a town of 139,594 people where Griner was a big star for Baylor. She gave the school a national championship.

Only 20 people showed up.

Brings to mind the President Trump rallies selling out stadiums and the Biden rallies with maybe 60-100 people in attendance.

Griner is a legend among the chattering class but there are very few of them and a lot more of us.

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