Isn’t that the point? If you allow me to make the rules and craft the definitions, I can screw you over more thoroughly than you ever thought possible. And it will have the imprimatur of simple rule-following “fairness.”
There seem to be 2 irreconcilable positions in play here:
(1) ESPN is not showing any leftward tilt, no way, no how, how dare you; or
(2) ESPN is indeed tilting left and is perfectly entitled to choose a leftward tilt if they want to (and if you are bothered by that, you are the wrong kind of people anyway, because tilting left is just good business).
I think the ESPN ombudsman’s 2 columns cited upthread are pretty much proof of #2, but there has been a dogged defence of #1 here as well.