Setting the bar at street level, ESPN's Jemele Hill tweeted yesterday that President Donald Trump is a bigot and the worst president of her lifetime. ESPN responded to her unprofessional, unhinged rant with a public reprimand.
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill:
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.
Hill also took a thorough drubbing from several Twitter responders after she tweeted:
And while you can certainly criticize black ppl for supporting Dems, the other side has done nothing but endorse/promote white supremacy
Then she was off to the racist races:
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The offensive Hill also tweeted:
"Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."
"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"
Hill also said President Trump "empowered white racists (see Charlottesville)".
One wonders if ESPN is really all that concerned about Hill's meltdown. ESPN merely "addressed" it with her? That amounts to practically nothing in the way of discipline. Behind the scenes of this liberal media organization, in the halls of upper management, was there really any strong disagreement with what she said? It's a fair question.
Other ESPN personalities have been suspended or fired for far less. Curt Schilling was fired for supporting North Carolina's bathroom bill aimed at protecting women and girls from predators, and Britt McHenry was suspended for yelling at someone who was towing away her car. Hill has not been suspended, and she still has her job, though not many people are watching her and fellow left-winger Michael Smith perform what's been called a ratings bust.
ESPN's precedent is that if you go off the deep end from the Left side of the pool you get your wrist mildly slapped. But if you go public with conservative views, you get the hot pink slip and you're more likely to be sent packing when there are layoffs.