Mark Alexander ·
Sep. 13, 2017
Over the last couple of years, the Entertainment Sports Programing Network (ESPN) has joined the NFL in a precipitous ratings slide, because some arrogant members of both teams have endeavored to inject politics into sports. ESPN has fired more than 100 personnel to offset losses in advertising revenues, and is preparing to fire 100 more. In a recent example of ESPN’s politically correct absurdity, it removed a sports announcer named “Robert Lee” because he might offend racial sensitivities in the wake of the Charlottesville riot. Lee is an American of Asian descent.
This week, on the anniversary of the 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation, another ESPN talkinghead, Jemele Hill, a co-host of SportsCenter, went on a social media Trump Derangement Syndrome rage rampage.
According to Jemele:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me. 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? No the media doesn’t make it a threat. It IS a threat. He has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville). 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. Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn’t, because I cared about more than just myself.
Recall that former ESPN commentator and Hall of Fame pitcher Curt Schilling was fired for sharing a Patriot Post meme on social media. Well, ESPN issued Hill nothing more than a mild reprimand, noting: “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.” Sure, right. No wonder another ESPN anchor, Linda Cohn, admitted in April that infusing politics into sports is “definitely a percentage” of ESPN’s problem. A high percentage.
The day before Hill’s outburst, we credited the Cleveland Browns for “seeing the ratings light,” as all team members stood for our national anthem, after some had been taking a knee in a pathetic anti-American protest. If the rest of the league, and its promoters at ESPN, see the same light in time, they may able to salvage their ratings slide — but it may be too little too late.