Last week, ESPN’s host Jemele Hill – an alleged sports journalist – called President Trump a white supremacist. In response, the President took to Twitter to bash ESPN’s laughable journalistic standards, “ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!”
Shockingly, ESPN still hasn’t fired or otherwise censured Hill over her slander of the President.
Last weekend that Hill, co-host of “The SC6” attacked Trump tweeted, declaring that he is, “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders called out Hill’s actions as, “inappropriate” noting that they are, “a fireable offense.”
“The point is that ESPN has been hypocritical, they should hold anchors to a fair and consistent standard,” Sanders said. “ESPN suspended a long-time anchor, Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint. The network’s public editor has said there is a perception that ESPN has become political and that it harms the network. This is clearly a political statement, they should be consistent in whatever guidelines they have set themselves in that front.”
Hill has allegedly made an apology to her employer, ESPN, but has still not apologized to President Trump. The network announced they have accepted Hill’s apology and shall not be taking an action against her. “Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN,” a spokesperson said. “She has acknowledged that her tweets crossed that line and has apologized for doing so. We accept her apology.”
The White House argued that although ESPN is a private company, they should focus on being consistent. “I think it is a fireable offense, based on the standard ESPN set themselves by saying that people that go too far and make political comments have been suspended from their own network. I think that is a consistency they should probably focus on,” she said.
After days of humiliation and being bashed, ESPN’s President John Skipper released a memo to remind the staff at ESPN that “ESPN is about sports” and that it is “not a political organization.”
“We have issues of significant debate in our country at this time,” Skipper acknowledged. And argued, “In light of recent events,” he said, “we need to remind ourselves that we are a journalistic organization and that we should not do anything that undermines that position.”
“Let’s not let the public narrative re-write who we are or what we stand for,” he said. “Let’s not be divided in that pursuit. I will need your support if we are to succeed.”
In his memo, Skipper went on to express the pathetically saccharin liberal mentality of “tolerance” at all costs, “We are committed to inclusion and an environment of tolerance where everyone in a diverse work force has the equal opportunity to succeed. We consider this human, not political. Consequently, we insist that no one be denigrated for who they are including their gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual identity.”
ESPN has been tanking in the ratings for months, and as recently as last month accelerated their demise. They made a shocking decision to remove a local Asian sports announcer, Robert Lee, from commentating a Virginia football game because of the resemblance his name held to dead confederate general, Robert E. Lee. Their bizarre reasoning, and blatantly discriminatory treatment of Mr. Lee was met with harsh criticism and disbelief by many Americans.