Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

ESPN has 'bad programming' and losing viewers after anchor's attack on him

ESPN has 'bad programming' and losing viewers after anchor's attack on him

Sanders went on CNN to address the matter by stating that Jemele's tweet committed a "fireable offense". "I think the president has made plenty of comments on that front", Sanders said, although the president has never actually apologized.

ESPN quickly refuted this report from Think Progress. "We accept her apology".

Later in the night, she and the network issued statements to give the notion that they were on good terms.

"ESPN suspended a long-time anchor Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint", she said Friday.

The network said in a statement issued shortly before midnight that Hill has a right to her personal beliefs, but not to share them on a public platform that implies she is speaking for the network. She added her respect for ESPN and her co-workers "remains unconditional".

The reporter of ESPN's Jemele Hill in February 2017. - J.

However, despite ESPN's statement, the comments were criticized by the White House.

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Rob King, senior vice president for news and information at "SportsCenter", said having Ms. Hill and Mr. Smith "appearing on the show last night and doing the show the way they did is the outcome we always desired". ESPN condemned her tweet, calling it "inappropriate" and noting that it did not "represent the position of ESPN".

ESPN, however, is pushing back against the ThinkProgress story. Two-thirds of those surveyed said the network has the right mix of politics and sports.

Pay-TV subscriptions to ESPN dropped to around 87 million subscribers at the end of 2016 from a peak of more than 100 million in 2011, according to Nielsen NV.

ESPN did not suspend Hill.

She covered primarily MSU sports from 1999-2005 before joining ESPN. The reason I tweeted what I tweeted is I know Jemele, I have spent time with her, I know what she is about, and I wanted to say that I support her as a friend and a colleague. She thanked them for their support, writing, "Love that my @NABJSports brothers came to check on me".

Weeks ago, Hill was at the epicenter of another race-based controversy when she was slammed for comparing police officers to the "slave patrols" that took place on pre-Civil War plantations.

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