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?
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