ESPN social media policy selectively enforced, can't make bland joke about Obama but OK to threaten to crash into car of Palin supporter
- 8/26/11, "ESPN Moves to Silence Golf Analyst Who Criticized Obama *UPDATED: ESPN Ignores Political Tweets of Other Personalities *UPDATE: More Cherry-Picking", Big Journalism, Dana Loesch
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."
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:
"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:
- THREATENING to do bodily harm to Palin is ok. [or to those who support her]
- These people are INSANE!!!!!"
- 8/26/11, "ESPN 'reminds' Azinger to lay off Obama," Michael McCarthy, USA Today