First, from Paul Mirengoff’s piece at powerlineblog.com, we first have this dictum from ESPN’s supposed guidelines:
Writers, reporters, producers and editors directly involved in ‘hard’ news reporting, investigative or enterprise assignments and related coverage should refrain in any public-facing forum from taking positions on political or social issues, candidates or office holders.
And now, from Derek Huner’s piece at dailycaller.com, we have yesterday’s series of tweets from ESPN Sports Cenrter host Jemele Hill (this is a partial list):
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
The height of white privilege is being able to ✌🏾ignore✌🏾his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.
He has surrounded himself with white supremacists — no they are not “alt right” — and you want me to believe he isn’t a white supremacist?
No the media doesn’t make it a threat. It IS a threat. He has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville).
How is it a “false narrative?” Did he hire and court white supremacists? Answer: YES
Would it be fair to call twitter a public-facing forum?
Obviously, the answer is yes.
Would it be fair to say that Jemele Hill has blatantly defied ESPN by putting up those tweets?
Obviously the answer is yes.
So what is ESPN – the “sports” network that, over the past several years, has lurched hard-left, going to do about it?
Wanna take bets? I’m saying at most a tiny little suspension but most likely nothing at all. And I’m laying odds.
Any takers? There’s a sucker born every minute.
UPDATE: To the suckers who wanted to take my odds, I just heard that ESPN has talked to Hill and told her they thought what she said was “inappropriate”. That’s it, the end.
I wonder if she’s stopped laughing yet.