ESPN, apparently on a mission to rid themselves of every conservative viewer in the country, is taking no significant action against an employee who called President Trump a racist on social media. Sportscenter host Jemele Hill went on a Twitter rant on Monday that left many of her fans and critics stunned.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” she wrote. “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
She followed those tweets up with two more attacking both the president and his supporters:
“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?”
“He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
Now one might ask why a sports commentator is taking these extreme left views onto her social media platform, but apparently that’s now encouraged by the ESPN brass. Not only did the network recently make the absurd decision to yank baseball announcer Robert Lee from a U-VA game because his name sounds like the Confederate general, recent reports have revealed that the network chiefs want their hosts to bring MORE (left wing) political conversation into the commentary.
As for the Hill situation, ESPN issued an extremely muted statement.
“We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” ESPN said Tuesday.
In other words, they sat down with her and said, “This is exactly the kind of stuff we want on the air…but you have to be just a tad more subtle about it.”
We can’t imagine what kind of business model ESPN is looking at that makes them think it’s a good idea to alienate half the country by mixing sports and politics in the way they’re doing. You’d think they would look at the problems the NFL is currently having and take the hint. But it may be that they have executives in place that actually think it’s more important to spread the anti-Trump message than it is to work on the ratings. Or they (mistakenly) believe that their sports empire is so well established that nothing can really hurt them. With millions of Americans cutting the cord, though, they may get a rude awakening sooner than later.