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Controversy erupts over ESPN’s handling of anchor’s anti-Trump tweet

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Jemele Hill (L) and her cohost Michael Smith at the Celebrity Basketball Game during the 2017 BET Experience, at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET

A tweet sent out earlier this week by ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has raised several questions.

Hill’s comments about President Trump – whom she called a “white supremacist” via Twitter – has resulted in a public apology.  But some are wondering why she wasn’t fired for her comments when Curt Schilling, former ESPN baseball analyst, was fired last year for posting offensive comments on social media.

Why has ESPN treated these two cases so differently? Should social media posts be treated as personal or professional expressions if you represent a news organization?


Cindy Boren, sports reporter for the Washington Post who’s been following the story.

Jeffrey McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University in Indiana and former  journalist; he is the author of “Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007); he tweets @Prof_McCall

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