White House calls for ESPN anchor to be fired over Trump comment

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Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of "SportsCenter", also added that "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime".

It would have been nice to see ESPN support Hill for her very reasonable comments, but again, they are a business and it's not that unusual for them to take a more neutral stance here. The former 49ers quarterback has been notably unable to latch on with an NFL team, which many attribute to his protests of racial injustice last season when he knelt during pregame renditions of the national anthem. Everyone wants to talk about Miss Hill's tweets, but let's think about the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, literally said that they came to Charlottesville to fulfill the promise of their president...

I worked with her at the Orlando Sentinel several years ago.

The reaction to Hill's comments quickly escalated far beyond a debate over workplace protocols for social media.

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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.

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.

The network on Tuesday said Hill's comments did "not represent the position of ESPN" and said it "addressed" the subject with Hill.

"That's where we need to be focused", she said at the time.

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Clay Travis of "Outkick the Coverage" reported that ESPN anchor Linda Cohn was recently told to stay home from work by ESPN President John Skipper for comments made about the company during a radio interview.

ESPN has struggled to find a line for determining what is considered inappropriate commentary from its writers and TV personalities.

Would McHenry have been fired for saying this?

In that case, Schilling didn't insult a politician, but the country's transgender population. ESPN said they looked into the comments, but did not discipline Schilling.

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The network saw backlash from the right when it awarded Caitlyn Jenner its Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs. She might soon get a reminder if she doesn't realize ESPN is a sports network, not a political network.

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