Jim Geraghty in The Morning Jolt provides a summary showing how free speech exists for the Left. He reports:
A lot of right-of-center sports fans don’t particularly like Jamele Hill, the co-host of the 6 p.m. Sportscenter on ESPN, who tweeted Monday that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Late last night, she issued the statement: “My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.”
Think about how everyone spent eight years criticizing any mild comment about The Donald’s immediate predecessor. Mentioning his middle name was verboten. Now we have The Donald being accused of not just a being racist but a white supremacist surrounded by other white supremacists. We would like to know who Jamele thinks they are. Perhaps it is Betsy DeVos who is helping to reinstate due process at colleges for folks accused of rape and provide educational opportunities for inner city children.
Then there is Jamele’s statement. It sure isn’t an apology. We’re unsure as to why she thinks they painted ESPN in an unfair light. She should show her love for ESPN because they didn’t fire her. We don’t want Jamele fired but we didn’t want Curt Schilling fired either. After that ESPN said:
ESPN can fire folks as they see fit. We don’t want to boycott them but their programming is less interesting lately so we watch less of it and rarely visit their website. We would like them and the press to have some consistency in these situations but that isn’t going to happen. Jamele deserves the same as Curt under ESPN’s criteria. We don’t have a solution but it is easy to see why they are in financial trouble and perhaps the market will provide that solution. Insulting half your audience is never a good idea for a mass marketer. Doing it at a time when it is easy to cut the cord seems like bad business. It will take the market awhile but ESPN and Disney will get a response for their behavior. We do love markets.