After ESPN accepts Hill apology, Trump wants one of his own for ‘untruth’
NEW YORK —A little more than a day ESPN said it accepted the apology of its “Sportscenter” host Jemele Hill…
NEW YORK —
A little more than a day ESPN said it accepted the apology of its “Sportscenter” host Jemele Hill for tweeting that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist,” the commander-in-chief himself is calling for an apology, too.
In an tweet early Friday, the Trump blasted the sports network, saying “ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!”
It was the first time the president acknowledged the controversy, though White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday called Hill’s comments outrageous and something that could be considered a fire-able offense by ESPN.
The network said in a statement issued shortly before midnight that Hill has a right to her personal beliefs, but not to share them on a public platform that implies she is speaking for the network. ESPN said she’s acknowledged that her tweets crossed the line.
In her own tweet, Hill said she regretted that her comments painted her company in an unfair light.
There are numbers to back the president’s claim that ESPN is struggling in to retain viewers. According to Nielsen, it has lost more than 12 million subscribers since 2011, with more and more people cutting the cable cord and turning to streaming live events.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Source: 4029 Northwest Arkansas News After ESPN accepts Hill apology, Trump wants one of his own for ‘untruth’