The email I just wrote to Bob Pittman and Eric Shanks
Here is the email that I just sent to Bob Pittman, CEO of iheartmedia.com, and Eric Shanks, Fox Sports CEO. I encourage you all to send emails to Bob and Eric expressing your dismay for giving Clay Travis a platform to spread this type of dangerous misinformation about coronavirus. You can find their emails here:
Bob and Eric,
I’m writing to you today in regards to Clay Travis. Recently, Clay has been writing articles (such as this: https://www.outkickthecoverage.com/coronavirus-infections-are-likely-to-peak-next-week/) related to Coronavirus that contain misinformation about the pandemic. Given his large readership, this is incredibly irresponsible of your companies to give him a platform to spread dangerous falsehoods about the disease. When he makes “hot takes” about sports, it doesn’t matter whether he is right or wrong. But this is literally a matter of life or death. As a result, I’m asking you to please stop giving Clay an outlet to spread misinformation about the worst crisis of our lifetimes. Let him write about politics or sports or whatever else he wants. But please stop giving him an outlet to spread his Coronavirus falsehoods.
For reference, I’ve written a blog post with everything that Clay got wrong in his article from March 18 where he seriously downplays the risk of this virus: https://statsinthewild.com/2020/03/30/clay-travis-said-another-stupid-thing-and-this-time-it-actually-matters/
Gregory J. Matthews, Ph.D.
Director of Data Science Program
Department of Mathematics and Statistics