After verbalizing the tweets, David Nakamura of The Washington Post asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Trump was aware of Hills' remarks, and if the White House had a response. She might soon get a reminder if she doesn't realize ESPN is a sports network, not a political network.
If you've never heard of the American sports journalist Jemele Hill, you probably know her now from her Twitter comments about President Donald Trump.
In May, after the company laid off about 100 employees, some conservative commentators claimed that ESPN's financial position was declining because it had adopted a liberal slant. Rather, the spokesperson for the president interjected her own opinion regarding the first-amendment rights and the private employment status of someone who has no official affiliation with the government.
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While the Michael Jordan axiom "White supremacist watch sports too" forced ESPN to address the issue, if it were really a problem, they'd have fired her.
There's been a substantial backlash to the backlash, with Hill's supporters saying she described Trump accurately, and should not be reprimanded for having done so. Whether you agree with that statement or not likely nearly entirely depends on how you voted.
ESPN also took the TV Land route in removing play-by-play announcer Robert Lee, an Asian-American, from calling a football game involving the University of Virginia because its campus is in Charlottesville.
Not only is ESPN being slammed for not firing Hill, they are also being criticized by people on the other side for scolding her at all.
Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. She went on record in April during an interview with "the Bernie and Sid Show" (h/t Sports Illustrated) that politics were becoming a sizable problem within the industry.