Although we’ve done it before, this is our first named installment of Political Potpourri. We will discuss a variety of politically charged issues on days when narrowing down to one focal point is just cheating everyone involved.Listen to the podcast here…
ESPN: A Double Standard
ESPN’s Jemele Hill authored a series of tweets on Monday, September 11th.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.”
“Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
“He has surrounded himself with white supremacists — no they are not ‘alt right’ — and you want me to believe he isn’t a white supremacist?”
“He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
ESPN’s statement read: “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not reflect the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele, and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Jemele’s apology: “My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.”
ESPN is not going to suspend or fire Jemele. In fact, they are not even going to require her to apologize to what is surely the only base audience the network has ever known: middle-aged, fat white men.
Because of this defamatory reverse racist declaration, I now know who Jemele Hill is. Prior to this incident, I had never heard her name.
Sports peppered with politics has had ESPN gliding down a slippery slope for years. Imagine a festered sore making an otherwise Herculean specimen sick. ESPN is the abscess bringing down Disney, its parent company. It’s so bad that Star Wars can’t make up for the financial drain ESPN has on the company.
Jemele committed an act of reverse racism, and ESPN is an unfair employer. Ask the loved-by-viewers Linda Cohn, who was suspended for statements she made last spring on the Bernie and Sidshow concerning politics hurting sports and ultimately the network. Yes, her factual statement got her suspended.
Oh, and what about Curt Schilling claiming on Twitter that he was taught to use the men’s room? Again, factual — yet his statement got him fired by ESPN.
I ask: Who, exactly, is the racist?
Conservative commentator Benjamin Aaron Shapiro prepared to speak at Berkeley. Ben is a columnist, author, radio talk-show host, and a lawyer. He is also an orthodox Jew. I point this out because Ben has been accused of being a white supremacist and even a neo-Nazi.
First, I can assure everyone that there are many orthodox and conservative Jews who are, in fact, politically conservative. I can almost promise that, for a Jew this is not synonymous with white supremacy, white nationalism, or neo-Nazism. Furthermore, I have never met a Jew who has not been bullied or worse by someone who could be defined by one of these groups.
However, these days, truth is irrelevant when it comes to classifying a conservative as a white supremacist. This is dangerous, a potentially deadly practice that is literally tearing down the walls at UC Berkeley. The institution that once defined “free speech” is now a dangerous bed of quicksand for any conservative daring to speak on campus.
Berkeley as a university that accepts federal funding must make accommodations for conservative speakers. Unfortunately, based on the university’s unique history of campus violence, “accommodation” included an army of police, concrete barriers, and pepper spray as they prepared for Ben Shapiro’s speech.
The past couple of years has seen the campus virtually destroyed by violent, destructive protestors in response to conservative speakers like Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, and others.
Laura Ingraham’s Fox Gig
Laura Ingraham, of The Ingraham Angle, will soon take over Sean Hannity’s 10 pm eastern time slot on Fox News. Hannity will move back to 9 pm, where he will go head-to-head in a ratings war with the most-watched progressive liberal in the business, Rachel Maddow. Fox’s move will create a pro-Trump lineup, beginning with Tucker Carlson at 8 pm, followed by Hannity and Ingraham.
Laura Ingraham is the most listened-to female in radio — she is a tough conservative. There is nothing predictable about her. She often pounds the Republican DC establishment as hard as she does the Democrats. Although she is pro-Trump, she doesn’t cut him any slack.
It will be interesting, and I for one will be anxious to see how the Fox News channel, under new management, with the left wing of the Murdoch family overseeing the network, will handle Laura’s unfettered style. Will she ruffle the family feathers?
Seattle mayor Ed Murray resigned as at least five child-abuse victims came forward with accusations.
Trump Dines with Chuck and Nancy
There was a little White House irony — China talk with a side order of Chinese cuisine.
Thoughts of White House diplomacy quickly came under fire when House minority leader Nancy Pelosi claimed a deal over the DACA “Dreamers” would be forthcoming, and there would be no need to seal the deal with a Border Wall agreement.
The White House quickly axed that claim, effectively calling it bull. No such agreement was made by the President.Listen to the podcast here…