It looks like the saga between the White House and Donald Trump against ESPN and anchor Jemele Hill won’t be settling down any time soon.
After Hill’s comments calling Trump a white supremacist earlier this week gained national attention, the two sides have been going back-and-forth, with ESPN issuing several statements and Trump issuing his own via his Twitter account.
Now it appears the White House is doubling down on their assertions of unfairness by ESPN, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talking again about the issue to reporters on Friday afternoon.
The full statement from the Press Secretary:
“I think the President has made many comments on that front,” Sanders said. “I think the point is that ESPN has been hypocritical. They should hold anchors to a fair and consistent standard. ESPN suspended longtime anchor Linda Cohn not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint. The network’s public editor has that said there’s a perception that ESPN has become political and that has harmed the network. This is clearly a political statement. They should be consistent in whatever guidelines they have set themselves in that front.”/blockquote>
The consistency that Sanders is referring to is ESPN suspended Cohn, as well as letting go of Curt Schilling for political statements made while with the company. Former reporter Britt McHenry also believes she was unfairly treated for her conservative political views while at ESPN.
The tweets from Hill that started the controversy remain undeleted:
Hill has been with the network for over 10 years, recently taking over hosting duties on the 6PM Sportscenter with long-time co-host Michael Smith. Hill has remained on television during the controversy.