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NBC Celebrates Muhammad Ali’s Left-Wing Activism

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<p><em>More in the <a href="http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kyle-drennen/2016/06/06/nbc-celebra…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the MRC&#39;s NewsBusters blog.</em></p>

<p>On Monday, rather than simply remember Muhammad Ali&rsquo;s boxing career and humanitarian work around the world, NBC&rsquo;s <em>Today</em> chose to politicize the athlete&rsquo;s death and praise the liberal activism of his youth. <strong>Co-host Savannah Guthrie wanted to avoid a &ldquo;gauzy portrait&rdquo; of Ali and instead focus on &ldquo;How radical, how controversial, and how expensive it was to him personally to do what he did in the &#39;60s, standing up to the war [in Vietnam].&rdquo;</strong></p>

<p>HBO <em>Real Sports</em> host &ndash; and former Today co-host &ndash; Bryant Gumbel acknowledged: &ldquo;It was not only expensive to him personally in financial terms, but it was expensive to him in terms of his image. <strong>Because it&#39;s easy in hindsight to say, &lsquo;Oh, everybody embraced him and everybody loved him.&rsquo; But he did a variety of things that turned off a great portion of America</strong>....So not every step he took was a magnificent one that everybody applauded.&rdquo;</p>

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