President Trump is a favorite target for anyone working in the media, whether it’s news media, political talking heads, or even sports news, believe it or not.
This man is such a polarizing figure, an individual so despised by the masses in liberal culture that they’ll look for any excuse possible to slam him, trash his family, and wish him ill health and safety. It’s pretty sick.
Regardless of whether you agree with his policies or not, you should never want harm to befall another person. That’s pretty intolerant for a crowd that screams about tolerance all day, wouldn’t you say?
The latest media figure to take a shot at The Donald is ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who committed a “fireable offense” after calling President Trump a white supremacist.
Racism is a charge that’s been slapped on the president and his followers ever since the real estate mogul turned politician announced he was running for office and was going to come down hard on illegal immigration.
There’s no actual proof he’s a “white supremacist.” In fact, quite the opposite. He has denounced such behavior for years, way before he ever considered a run for the presidency.
Anyway, after Hill shot off on Twitter, the White House counter punched in a big way.
“That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday, the Hill reported.
The network hasn’t gone that far, though, saying in a statement that it only “addressed” Hill’s string of Monday tweets with her, that “she recognizes her actions were inappropriate” and that her “comments do not represent the position of ESPN,” the sports network noted.
Here are some of her tweets:
Now, while Hill’s comment was totally out of line, not everyone, including conservatives like the idea of a government official working directly with the president calling for a private citizen to lose their job over such a comment.
"Public officials should not be calling for the termination of private critics, period." https://t.co/jA9cn9dDr3
— David French (@DavidAFrench) September 13, 2017
It’s true to a certain extent that Sanders shouldn’t call for Hill to be fired, however, I don’t think that’s what she was even saying here.
I believe she was answering a question and giving her personal opinion on the matter, stating that saying such a thing might lead to Hill getting a ticket for the unemployment line.
That’s hardly the same thing as demanding ESPN give her the boot. In fact, it’s not even close.
Again, if a government official ever does call for a private citizen to be fired due to comments made, that’s problematic.
We still have free speech in this country — barely — and Hill is certainly allowed to think and say what she wants, but she ought to be careful because libel is still a real thing and one can be charged with such for saying slanderous things like that on social media, being that it’s a written medium.
Now, if someone says something awful and a company themselves decides it’s a violation of their policy and ethics and fire the individual, that’s totally acceptable.
You can speak your mind freely in America, but that doesn’t mean your words don’t have consequences, for better or worse.
Even if you disagree with the president’s policies, there are ways to state that disagreement without giving in to pure emotionalism and making a fool of yourself, remaining professional and courteous.
When you have a public platform like Hill, it’s imperative you set a good example for younger kids who follow you, who watch your reports, and look up to you as a role model. If you truly want to have a positive impact on the world, be the change you want to see, rather than just throwing empty phrases and hurtful words out on the Internet, where they will be immortalized forever.