March 24, 2018

Kaepernick backs ESPN anchor Hill after she calls Trump a white supremacist

14 September 2017, 12:33 | Rufus Hill

ESPN's Jemele Hill Gets Off Light After Nasty Race-Laden Anti-Trump Tweets


ESPN personality and Detroit native Jemele Hill is drawing criticism for calling President Trump "a white supremacist" in a Twitter post Monday.

Then she wrote: "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime".

But the TV host quickly pivoted to Trump, calling him an "unfit, bigoted, incompetent moron" who had empowered white supremacists. He is not a leader. "And if he were not white, he would never have been elected".

But ESPN feels that its 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill went too far, and poorly represented the company.

Hill's remarks and ESPN's response gained widespread attention in conservative media circles on Tuesday and Wednesday, including on some of Trump's favorite Fox News shows.

I think she is a talented broadcaster, a provocative writer and one of the brightest stars in the ESPN universe.

ESPN responded with a brief statement shared on Twitter that distanced Hill's comments from the network.

A truth that was deeply explored in a standout piece, "The First White President" by journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic, days before Hill's comments. Travis, a shock jock reporter who got into trouble with advertisers in 2016 for criticizing Vanderbilt University for removing the word "Confederate" from its historic Confederate Memorial Hall, has been on a campaign to malign ESPN's political programming.

"If I said anything of equivalency to Obama, I would have been gone much sooner than I was", tweeted out former ESPN staffer Britt McHenry, who has previously accused the network of laying her off for her conservative politics.

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 caved despite, you know, plenty of white guys also being auctioned off in a fantasy football context. Marginalized communities, we're always asked to be polite, we're always asked to compromise, we're always asked not to say certain things - while other individuals are allowed to say whatever they want.

As a homework assignment, just check out the twitter reaction to Hill's comments online today.

Other News

Trending Now

Dennis Rodman Offers to 'Straighten Things Out' Between Trump and Kim Jong
Sure, Kim Jong Un and his nuclear arsenal seem pretty scary. "You just hear what you think he's saying". North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Institute claimed to have carried out a "perfect" hydrogen bomb test.

CAG report flagging shortage of ammunition 'factually wrong': Nirmala Sitharaman
Meetings of the DAC have so far been held once in a month, sometimes with bigger gaps than that between two meetings. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday also extended his good wishes to the all-women Indian Navy team.

Rebel Wilson Awarded Record €3m In Australian Court
She finished by thanking her fans for their love and support and revealed she was looking forward to getting back to her career. He accepted that Bauer Media subjected me to a sustained and malicious attack timed precisely to the launch of Pitch Perfect 2.

Syrian army secures key Islamic State oil field
The Russian military named Abu Mohammad al-Shimali and Gulmurod Khalimov as two of the four Daesh leaders killed in the airstrike. Government forces are trying to get to the nearest air base, still surrounded by the militants.

Google appeals record $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine
The European Commission said "it will defend its decision in court", while Google declined to comment on details of its appeal. Google last week notified the European Union it would attempt to meet the demands of the European Union decision.

Five drivers most likely to steal a playoff spot at Richmond
Bowyer's hopes to sneak in on points went up in smoke - literally - Sunday when his engine blew up after just 18 laps. And none of those names are bigger than Earnhardt, the sport's most popular driver for the past 13 years.

Anderson back on top of ICC bowling rankings
Hopefully we can take this momentum on through to the winter [for the Ashes]. "Credit must go to James Anderson ". After getting his 500th Test wicket he has now become the number one Test bowler.

Equities hit record as Irma weakens
Hurricane Irma, once a Category 5 hurricane, has weakened to a tropical storm after dumping rains across Florida over the weekend. The relief over North Korea and a weaker yen JPY= helped the Tokyo stock market .N225 to its best session since June.

Et tu, Tutu? Nobel greats pile pressure on Suu Kyi
Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize can not be revoked in the row over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims , the Norwegian Nobel Institute has said.

How to know if you were affected by the Equifax breach
Additionally, consider freezing your credit report so companies you already do business with are the only ones who have access. As Lifehacker's Kristin Wong points out, however, a freeze can not stop a thief from charging an existing line of credit.