In 2017, with networks walking on eggshells and a social media president, the line between personal and professional becomes increasingly thin for media personalities in the USA. Sports Center’s Jemele Hill had some choice words for POTUS on her personal Twitter account and ESPN inevitably got involved for reasons already mentioned. She called out the 45th president as a practicing white supremacist and pointed to his racial statements and ignorant behavior as evidence. The sports network attempted to sanitize the issue and distance the network from Hill, who currently still has a job.
The irony is that the current administration is proud of not being PC until they come across something like the NFL protests or champion athletes that opt to not attend the White House. Then, feathers get ruffled and angry tweets are used like official press channels to condemn others for not being politically correct. The thing is, Jemele Hill tweeted an opinion-truth. Something that there is ample evidence to support but is presented in a subjective context. In other words, it’s not what she said but how she said it that got her into hot water at ESPN.
If the executive branch were held to the same accountability standards it is possible walking papers would’ve been issued for Hill. However, there is a broad enough consensus that her statements are valid and apparently ESPN issued a pass. Should the President and his staff be held to the same standards, their pink slips would also be in consideration. It is true that two wrongs don’t make a right… but was Jemele Hill really wrong? Meanwhile, she is still active on twitter and not backing down from calling it how she sees it. This goes for her gig commentating highlights on Sports Center and while she is using her own time to tweet how she feels.