The White House on Friday hammered ESPN, calling the network “hypocritical” for what it says is a double-standard in the way it treats conservative and liberal employees.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders noted the network suspended longtime anchor Linda Cohn, who said earlier this year in a radio interview that left-wing bias at the network had contributed to a loss of subscribers.
Yet when ESPN’s Jemele Hill called President Trump a white supremacist this week the network chose to distance itself from the anchor but did not fire or suspend her.
“The point is that ESPN has been hypocritical, they should hold anchors to a fair and consistent standard,” Sanders said. “ESPN suspended a long-time anchor, Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint. The network’s public editor has said there is a perception that ESPN has become political and that it harms the network. This is clearly a political statement, they should be consistent in whatever guidelines they have set themselves in that front.” Read more at The Hill.