To the surprise of no one paying attention, CNN stands with ESPN over the sports network’s decision to pull announcer Robert Lee from a college football game being played in Charlottesville because of his name.
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter shared on Twitter a snippet of an internal memo from the skipper of ESPN, John Skipper, who insisted the decision was about protecting Robert Lee — the announcer, not the statue — from “social hectoring and trolling.”
…by making such a boneheaded decision that ESPN instead would be the subject of social hectoring and trolling!
New: internal memo from ESPN prez John Skipper about the Robert Lee decision pic.twitter.com/3yFk4hbDRb
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 24, 2017
A social media user offered a translation of the corporate-speak that cuts to the chase:
Revised memo: We are cowards and we think our audience is so incredibly stupid that they can’t tell a modern Korean guy from Robert E. Lee.
— Leroy Whitby (@LeroyWhitby) August 24, 2017
CNN also shared an op-ed from Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN Magazine and former vice president at ESPN.
Betraying her liberal constitution, she opens with: “In the testosterone-laced world of sports, sometimes your name means everything.”
Four sentences in, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s name is brought up, before Jones points to “America’s toxic culture of bigotry, hate and violence” to say there was nothing unreasonable about her former employer’s decision to pull Lee from the game.
“Nope, not unreasonable at all. Not in today’s America,” Jones explained. “Not when we just witnessed heavily armed, swastika-wearing protesters who believe in white supremacy clashing in the streets with counterprotesters, who believed just as passionately that all people are created equal.”
Antifa may be passionate, but that passion is more about destroying than it is about equality.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota couldn’t be more frustrated with panel that won’t bite on her anti-Trump bait
ESPN and Robert Lee's mutual decision to switch games isn't unreasonable in today's America, @CNNOpinion writer says https://t.co/W4zfL7Jftu
— CNN (@CNN) August 23, 2017
Here’s a sampling of the reactions from social media users who believe CNN may have “officially” lost its collective mind.
Just when I think CNN couldn’t get any more embarrassing, they manage to lower the bar for themselves even more.
— Covfefe Annan (@LetItBurnUSA) August 24, 2017
Are you guys really idiots or do you just play one in the media? @CNN @CNNOpinion
— Great Plains Girl (@HeartlandRaised) August 24, 2017
Sorry I gotta call Cray Cray on Roxanne Jones! #ridiculous
— Bob Herren (@bherrenwde90) August 23, 2017
In which CNN officially loses its mind. https://t.co/lEUAjsmXrV
— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) August 24, 2017
Most of America: This is complete insanity, the press lives in a crazy bubble
Press: This is all very fine and reasonable https://t.co/NEENn6uFIo
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) August 24, 2017
They worried *the Left* would be outraged because *the Left* has become a violent bully everyone is terrified of. https://t.co/xPCjS4Nfrg
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) August 24, 2017
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