National Association of Black Journalists Backs Jemele Hill, Citing First-Amendment Rights

15 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Ora Austin
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"I'm not sure if he's aware", Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a reporter when asked if Trump was aware of Hill's comments.

After the White House today suggested ESPN host Jemele Hill's recent tweet calling President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" is "a "fireable offense", some noteworthy people came to her defense".

ESPN announced it was not happy with Sportscenter host Jemele Hill's social media posts calling Donald Trump a "white supremacist" and a "bigot" on Monday.

"We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate", the statement continued.

Why, exactly, Hill's comments specifically warranted a response from the White House when countless others have made similar-if not worse-claims, is unclear. "I think that's where we need to be focused, not on outrageous statements like" the one by Hill.

"I felt that the old school viewers were put in a corner and not appreciated with all these other changes", she explained.

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Admittedly, some of Hill's comments were more inflammatory, even if they're nothing I'd personally argue with.

While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed his support, tweeting "We are with you @jemelehill".

ESPN responded with a brief statement shared on Twitter that distanced Hill's comments from the network. "There is no doubt he is Ms. Hill and I applaud you for speaking truth", said a user. She also said he's unqualified to be president.

Hill was on ESPN's SC6 as normal Tuesday.

The measure formally condemns the acts of the white supremacists that gathered in Charlottesville last month to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. While hosting "SportsCenter" used to be a "news" job, it has evolved over the years, and especially under Hill and Smith, who have been encouraged to tackle the issues of the day, and not always just sports, from a more analytical standpoint.

Because 53% of white women chose to turn their collective backs on America, Donald Trump is in office and since then I can't figure out which side is up anymore.

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