The network has already publicly reprimanded Hill for her tweets, despite an outpouring of support from both fans online and sports-world activists like National Football League player Colin Kaepernick.
Breitbart said in its report of Hill’s tweets that they “most certainly would result in her firing, if she was a conservative”. She’s actually flawless for some networks in the cable news world as a political pundit. “So, was I supposed to act like he didn’t?”
After ESPN slapped Hill’s wrist, support poured in from the sports world – Kaepernick, Dwyane Wade, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash among her defenders – and Hollywood.
Jemele Hill, who co-hosts ESPN’s SC6 With Michael and Jemele, wrote a number of tweets accusing the president and his supporters of being white supremacists, in comments White House Communications Director Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said should lead to her dismissal. Hell, we won’t even ask her to take down the tweets in question.
Conservative media outlets, including the Federalist, the Daily Caller and Breitbart, criticized her, suggesting that ESPN would have fired Hill if she made similarly inflammatory remarks about liberal politicians. She gets rapped on the knuckles.
“I think that ESPN has chosen a lane politically”, Whitlock said.
Station management at the time said this was “appropriate action” because “Giangreco’s Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards”.
Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.
As you may have heard, ratings are noticeably down at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He has a theory for why the Connecticut-based sports network has turned to the left.
The network has reoriented its programming more toward opinion and debate, encouraging some hosts to veer away from sports. Hill has not issued an apology for her comments personally, nor should you expect her to do so. ESPN suspended Hill once before, in 2008, when she compared rooting for the Boston Celtics to having sympathy for Adolf Hitler in a column.
Hill, a Michigan State alum and former Detroit Free Press sportswriter, now is a co-anchor on the 6 p.m. “SportsCenter”, along with Michael Smith.
However, she has been rather outspoken about politics’ place within ESPN and Sportscenter.
The answer to that is a slam-dunk.