A “fireable offense” is what White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is calling several tweets issued by ESPN’s Jemele Hill. In her tweets Hill makes some remarks likely to be heard at least once or twice in the streets of America calling our president a “White Supremacist” whose credentials land solely on the doorstep of white privilege. Adding to her remarks, calling Hill’s comment’s “outrageous”, Huckabee seemed to be placing subtle pressure on ESPN to make good on her wolf tickets.
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
Despite reports that ESPN was attempting to replace Hill with another black anchor for her 6 P.M. time slot on Sportscenter, no public discipline has taken place. Simply distancing themselves from Hill’s comments in a simple tweet, ESPN decided to do themselves a favor and not decide. Losing a steady stream of viewers for the past several years, due in part to how media is consumed, but still in part also to conflicts of interest blended in with partiality in news coverage, ESPN hopefully has a different plan of action other than slipping sheepskin over its fur in public view thinking no one will notice.
With several championship sports teams making visits to the White House annually, it is no surprise that they have an eye to the sports world when time allows. However taking things a step further to call for the head of an individual employee is simply a waste of an effort. The hypocrisy in all of this is while Hill is being verbally persecuted for mere tweets stemming from a genuine place in her thought process, the head of state continues to prance around the social media platform acting on impulse, with inexplicably no signs of who or what can plug the leak.
By the letter of the law, Hill, although unlikely could be fired for misrepresenting the ESPN brand, whether she felt her words were justified or not. In a carefully crafted statement, Hill expressed regret over this, but not for her personal beliefs.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2017
While it is a sound move to allow Hill to retain her position, the employees who have lost positions for similar offenses raise the question as to whether ESPN can continue to label themselves as all-inclusive while still acting within their rights.
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