When the U.S. Open begins next week, veteran broadcaster Doug Adler will be forced to watch from the sidelines because a comment he made about Venus Williams in January on ESPN is threatening to end his career. But Adler tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that it’s a big misunderstanding. In the Orange Room, Sheinelle Jones invites TODAY viewers to weigh in.
On Tuesday night, ESPN confirmed what people had been assured was not a satirical piece from The Onion, though it would have been a great one — announcer Robert Lee had been pulled from calling a college football game because it just “felt right” at the time, so soon after a woman had been killed while protesting white supremacists in Charlottesville.
In an email to reporters, ESPN said it all came down the simple coincidence of Lee’s name. We know that Merriam-Webster is quick to correct President Trump on Twitter whenever he goofs up, so we hope someone there is paying attention to Reuters’ feed today………
Michael Medved discusses what you cannot say if you are a member of ESPN while they defend the right of NFL players to say whatever they like. [How I see it] In other words, ESPN defends players freedom of expression and thought while simultaneously demanding their own employees are not afforded the same consideration.
ESPN let’s everyone know, no one can hold differing views of those held by the left.
I have been saying as of late that in pre-war Germany, it wasn’t that a law was passed that immediately forbade Jews the freedom to interact in business (owning a business), society (respectful interactions with the community), commerce (the buying and selling with all people groups)… they were pushed out of these incrementally. Similarly, we are seeing the same thing happen here. Over a decade the Judeo-Christian view (the traditional Western view of marriage) is now considered bigoted. It is becoming impossible to own businesses in some states… and this view was “federalized” by the Court recently.
Take note that while I agree with Larry 100% that ESPN has a right to fire whomever they wish, this thinking that is starting to pervade corporations and public life is an ethos similar to that of pre-war Germany, and should be called out as “fascistic” by those of us who love freedom.
I first saw this on The Blaze, here is the gist of the story:
Legendary MLB pitcher Curt Schilling on Monday shared a meme to his Facebook page that one pro-LGBT website called “disgusting.”
The post, which Schilling later deleted, showed a man dressed as a woman with a caption referring to the transgender bathroom laws that have become especially controversial recently. It was unclear whether the individual seen in the photo is actually transgender.
Before Schilling deleted the post, however, users on social screen-captured and shared the image.
Schilling was suspended by ESPN last year after tweeting a Hitler meme comparing world’s percentage of Muslims to the percentage of Nazis in Germany in 1940. He later deleted the tweet, and apologized, saying, “it didn’t come across in any way as intended.”
And in March, Schilling was criticized for saying of Hillary Clinton, “She should be buried under a jail somewhere.” ESPN confirmed after that comment it still planned to have Schilling return as an analyst on Monday Night Baseball this season, the Huffington Post reported.
But in light of his most recent post about transgender individuals’ bathroom use, the sports network said it is “taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it.”
Schilling, a baseball analyst for ESPN and former Red Sox pitcher, posted a Facebook comment criticizing a transgender women.
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” read Schilling’s comment, which he apparently posted in response to a photo about a recent North Carolina law that restricts transgender people’s access to bathrooms and locker rooms. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
ESPN issued a statement on Tuesday, saying “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
The second to the last sentence is a lie; by firing Schilling for having the wrong opinion, they have proven that they are not ‘inclusive’ at all. But, as a private company, they have and should have the right to fire people whose values conflict with their own.
And, that same standard ought to apply to Christian businesses who don’t want to participate in homosexual weddings, but for some reason it doesn’t. And by “some reason,” I mean the systematic abuse of state power to selectively enable certain politically favored groups to bully other politically disfavored groups.
This is not about empathy for transgendereds; it’s about enforcing compliance with political correctness and punishing those who refuse to comply. In other words, it’s about using power to bully others.
This is FASCISM. Remember, Mussolini defined it for us:
“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition…. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and men who claim to be bearers of an objective, immortal truth… then there is nothing more relativistic than fascistic attitudes and activity…. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.”
Peter Kreeft, A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press; 1999), 18.
And POWER this is about, because you cannot have equality (as the left sees it) without an authoritarian government to make sure of it.
For the curious who missed a previous post/upload on this, here is the North Carolina law and misunderstanding of by the left and Democrats on this protection:
When sportscaster Bill Walton gave fellow ESPN broadcaster Dave Pasch a cake along with a copy of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” on the air this week to celebrate Pasch’s recent Arizona Sportscaster of the Year award, the recipient offered up a pointed response to the gift: he doesn’t believe in evolution.
“Here we’ve got ‘The Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin,” Walton said, handing Pasch the book. “We want to make sure that you believe in evolution.”
Pasch was quick to respond, “I don’t, but I’ll set this over here,” telling Walton that he has a book that counters the arguments presented in “The Origin of Species” and that he would be happy to bring it along with him to the next basketball game.
After some additional banter, Pasch added that perhaps the two could discuss “irreducible complexity” so that he could “straighten [Walton] out.”…
Liberals “love” and tolerate blacks (and who they date/marry), that is, until they find out that black person may be a Republican. Then all bets are off. For example, watch ESPN “First Take” commentator Rob Parker and his comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III