As Twitchy told you yesterday, ESPN dealt with anchor Jemele Hill’s comments about Donald Trump being a “white supremacist” with what many felt was just a slap on the wrist:

Those who believe ESPN didn’t go far enough certainly have reason to believe that, particularly in light of the offenses that have gotten others fired from the network. But are Hill’s comments really enough to warrant her getting fired? White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to think so:

With all due respect to Ms. Huckabee Sanders, there have been way more outrageous comments made about Trump — and, indeed, about his predecessors. Trump himself is known for his own “outrageous” comments. Like this one, for example:

And suggesting that Hill’s comments are a “fireable offense” doesn’t exactly scream “champion of free speech,” does it?

Free speech is free speech. ESPN could certainly fire her if they choose to, but free speech advocates should probably steer clear of encouraging them to do so.

We thought so, too.

Now, it’s also worth pointing this out:

All that being said, maybe there is somebody who ought to be fired by ESPN:

Now that we’d understand!

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional text and tweets.



Were Huckabee Sanders’ remarks ill-advised? Yes. Are they also being misrepresented by some in the media? Yes:

Back up a sec: Just when did the White House ‘demand’ ESPN fire Jemele Hill?