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Matt Heinrichs

The Hot Corner

Matt has been the Sports Editor of the Dickinson County News since January 2014. The northwest Iowa native has won 35 individual awards in his career, including being named Outstanding Young Journalist for all weekly newspapers by the South Dakota Newspaper Association in 2012. Since joining the DCN, Matt has been one of the most highly-awarded journalists in the state, winning 29 Iowa Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest awards — including state-highs in 2017 (12) and 2018 (7). Matt is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, cycling and kayaking. He also enjoys spending time with his family and his better half, Tessa, who makes frequent appearances in his column — mostly as the antagonist. Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@mattheinrix).

Curt Schilling’s slinging garbage even in retirement

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It’s hard to believe Curt Schilling was once the toast of Boston.

After pitching the Red Sox to two World Series championships – one while donning a bloody sock – Schilling’s retirement from baseball has been marred by bankruptcy and a pile of controversies that ultimately led to him being fired as a baseball analyst at ESPN.

Schilling’s fall from grace continued Monday after tweeting a photo of a Trump supporter wearing a shirt that read “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.”

His Election Eve tweet was accompanied with the caption, “Ok, so much awesome here…”

Schilling responded to critics of his tweet by telling them to “shut the hell up” and to “grow a pair.” He went on to insist that his tweet was sarcastic.

Sorry, Curt. I’m not buying it.

This is the same guy who, in a tweet, compared Muslims to Nazis, and shared a Facebook meme which mocked opponents of transgender bathroom laws. The last of which got him canned.

Since his departure from ESPN in April, Schilling said he is considering challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in 2018. That announcement was followed with an awkward conversation with CNN host Jake Tapper in which he asked Tapper, who is Jewish, to explain why Jews support the Democratic Party. Tapper responded by saying that he doesn’t speak for people of his faith, nor does he support either party. The conversation occurred just two days after the Anti-Defamation League listed Tapper as one of the 10 journalists most targeted with anti-Semitic remarks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Four days later, Schilling’s new online radio show, “Whatever It Takes,” premiered on the far-right news outlet Breitbart– which he called “the last bastion of actual journalism.”

And this is where the problem lies.

I don’t care about Schilling’s opinions on politics, religion, or gender. Even a washed-up big leaguer-turned-conservative mouthpiece is entitled to his opinions, no matter how gross, or ignorant, or grossly ignorant.

I do care about advocating violence.

There’s nothing “awesome” about lynching anyone, but I guess if lynching journalists becomes a thing, Schilling is safe.