The powers that be within CNN are usually right in sync on just about every issue, but media correspondent Brian Stelter on Wednesday evening shared even more about ESPN’s decision to pull announcer Robert Lee from a college football game because of his name.

Or was that really the reason? The internal memo says that Lee himself “expressed some personal trepidation” … not to mention, opting to cover another game well inside Union territory would let him get home earlier.

So Lee jumped at the chance to get home Saturday night? Makes sense to us, but the fact doesn’t really help the case made by former ESPN vice president Roxanne Jones at

Not unreasonable “in today’s America” really does say it all, doesn’t it? Confederate statues that no one gave a second look two weeks ago have to be covered by tarps or spirited away under cover of darkness in today’s America.

Jones writes:

So imagine if you’re scheduled to be the announcer for ESPN’s livestream of the University of Virginia’s season-opener football game against William and Mary in a few weeks and your name is Robert Lee. But you have watched, along with the world, as thousands of torch-wielding, white supremacists screaming hate-filled chants marched around the UVA campus and rallied all their hate at the foot of a statue bearing your name: Robert Lee.

Nope, not unreasonable at all. Not in today’s America. 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. Not when one woman is dead and dozens more injured because they had the audacity to stand up to the failed notion of white supremacy. Not when a statue, or a team name, or a presidential tweet can incite racial tensions and violence.

Contrary to the prevailing media narrative, it is possible to criticize some of those counter-protesters as well as the white supremacists (of which there were hundreds, not thousands — at least according to the New York Times, to which Jones links). Yes, some of the counter-protesters believe passionately that all people are created equal, but plenty believe that people will be made equal under the new government once they smash the system. And some of them are heavily armed as well; seriously, check out this crew from outside Trump’s Phoenix rally Tuesday night:

Both groups are contributing more than their share to what’s wrong with today’s America. But that doesn’t make ESPN’s trepidation any more rational.

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