ESPN had a great idea when it started The Undefeated, a strong daily foray into sports, race, culture and politics. Alas, that nexus is now rancorously exemplified by ESPN’s own Jemele Hill, an engaging show host who leaves no doubt what she thinks of President Trump
In a twitter storm, she wrote, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” And, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”There were others of a similar sort that inspired lots of negative feedback during a period the network is chided by conservatives as being too political on various issues (Fox’s Tucker Carlson is among higher-profile critics). The network, whose audiences and revenues are declining for perhaps unavoidable reasons in an era of media fragmentation, reprimanded Hill. That action quickly inspired criticisms of its own. The right is in a lather for not canning her, with Trump & Friends exhibiting relish going after the network this morning. But there are doubts, too, from other venues and ideologies.