As reported by a variety of news outlets, including The Daily Caller, Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s nightly flagship news program SportsCenter, seemed to go off the rails Monday night…even for someone who works at that network…when she fired off a string of tweets that called President Trump and his supporters “white supremacists.”
Good to see nothing has changed at the network that bills itself “the worldwide leader in sports.”
Apparently, Hill, a notorious liberal (not that such a description distinguishes her much from practically everyone else who works there), finally reached a point where she could no longer contain herself, and went all-out in attacking the president.
“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.”
And there were several more. The network’s response?
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
In other words, “Jemele will be keeping her job.”
Putting specific ideology aside, it’s bizarre enough that the powers that be at ESPN are allowing on-air talent to say these things with impunity. But it is nothing short of insane that the folks at Disney, ESPN’s parent company, are just standing by and allowing this valuable (once-valuable?) to commit suicide before their very eyes.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large