More Partisan Hypocrisy from ESPN
“Don’t be critical of Obama anywhere in your social media outlets if you work for ESPN, or you’ll be strongly chastised…”
That was the open to my post a month ago when criticizing ESPN’s reaction to their commentator Paul Azinger’s tweet castigating Obama’s supposed job creation policies. Other commentator’s praise for liberals and their policies were ignored, and Mike Tyson’s grotesque comments about Sarah Palin while on the ESPN radio network were met with similar silence.
Just to make sure there was any doubt of their hypocrisy, ESPN yanked Hank Williams Jr.’s song from the traditional introduction to Monday Night Football, after he made these comments on Fox News, about Boehner meeting with Obama:
“It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu…”
Now, I think this comparison is ridiculous – even if the Left never tired of calling Bush the same, we should not be doing the same on our side. However, ESPN rushing to get rid of Hank Williams Jr. for such a comment while ignoring any comments made against conservatives shows a marked disdain and slap in the face to those of us who aren’t liberal.
I usually don’t go about with the “what if a conservative said it” criticism, but in this case, when a media outlet that has no business being political at all shows such hypocrisy, I would think even liberals find it difficult to defend their actions.
Jon Stewart of the Daily Show thought ESPN’s actions were disproportional to the offense, while Stephen Colbert said otherwise.
Hank Williams has already apologized, saying:
“The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin and high fiven on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement,” Williams said. “I am very sorry if it offended anyone.”
ESPN has not yet responded, but is unlikely to reinstate the song, which had been used since 1989.