Saturday, August 27, 2011

ESPN social media policy selectively enforced, can't make bland joke about Obama but OK to threaten to crash into car of Palin supporter

8/27/11, "ESPN's double standard on political commentary from employees," American Thinker, Rick Moran "It's pretty obvious why ESPN - the giant sports broadcasting cable network owned by Disney, Inc. - would chastize one of their on air golf commentators for his criticism of Obama. But less obvious is that when the target is a Republican or conservative, it's a whole different ballgame. Former golfer, now analyst Paul Azinger tweeted a gentle and humorous barb about Obama - and his bosses came down on him like a ton of bricks:

ESPN is coming down on Paul Azinger for mocking President Obama on Twitter. The golf analyst tweeted Thursday the commander in chief plays more golf than he does - and that Azinger has created more jobs this month than Obama has.

On Friday ESPN 'reminded" Azinger his venture into political punditry violates the company's updated social network policy for on-air talent and reporters.

"Paul's tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field," spokesman Andy Hall told Game On! in a statement.

ESPN's Hall would not comment on whether Azinger, who won the 1993 PGA Championship, will be fired, suspended or punished in some way. "We handle that internally," he said.

After being publicly chastised, Azinger declined an interview request. Hall said he just wants to "move on."

But, as Dana Loesch points out at Big Journalism, when the target is the right, Disney turns the other way.

Kenny Mayne, an anchor for "Sportscenter," their signature news program, actually delved into hate speech against Sarah Palin when he tweeted:"....Followed by Mayne tweets about congress, debt negotiations and the lingo of "revenues:"

("Revenue" is the new word for 'taxes.' ed.)

"These Tweets from yet another ESPN staffer that apparently went unchecked" criticizing debt negotiations in congress. Following that a tweet on how impressive Obama is:

And more!

"So Disney bankrolls Obama’s campaign, also owns ESPN, allows glowing commentary of Obama from its contributors and on-air talent and censures Obama dissent from their talent. No, no bias here at all."

"Disney execs and employees contributed nearly $250,000 to Obama's campaign ijn 2008. So asking them to apply a policy against political commentary in a consistent manner is probably futile."


  • Commenter to American Thinker:
So let me get this straight STATING something about Obama's golf game is off limits but
  • These people are INSANE!!!!!"


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