Not-so-free speech? Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls Jemele Hill’s tweets ‘a fireable offense’


As Twitchy told you yesterday, ESPN dealt with anchor Jemele Hill’s comments about Donald Trump being a “white supremacist” with what many felt was just a slap on the wrist:

Those who believe ESPN didn’t go far enough certainly have reason to believe that, particularly in light of the offenses that have gotten others fired from the network. But are Hill’s comments really enough to warrant her getting fired? White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to think so:

“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments” anyone can make, says @PressSec of @jemelehill tweet, calling it “fireable offense”

– Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) September 13, 2017

With all due respect to Ms. Huckabee Sanders, there have been way more outrageous comments made about Trump – and, indeed, about his predecessors. Trump himself is known for his own “outrageous” comments. Like this one, for example:

And suggesting that Hill’s comments are a “fireable offense” doesn’t exactly scream “champion of free speech,” does it?

Free speech is free speech. ESPN could certainly fire her if they choose to, but free speech advocates should probably steer clear of encouraging them to do so.

No, it’s not a fireable offense, unless ESPN thinks it’s one

Stop it.

– Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) September 13, 2017

i am old enough to remember when conservatives thought it was bad to try to get people fired for their political opinions

– Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) September 13, 2017

You can disagree about the content of speech without trying to repress it. I mean, I think you can. That’s the American ideal after all.

– Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) September 13, 2017

We thought so, too.

The Trump administration is so stupid.

By keeping silent, they were actually winning this fight. Now, however…

– Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) September 13, 2017

Yep, they’re going to make her a martyr…

– Enrico Pallazzo (@Pqlyur1) September 13, 2017

Now, it’s also worth pointing this out:

All that being said, maybe there is somebody who ought to be fired by ESPN:

Now that we’d understand!

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional text and tweets.



Were Huckabee Sanders’ remarks ill-advised? Yes. Are they also being misrepresented by some in the media? Yes:

Back up a sec: Just when did the White House ‘demand’ ESPN fire Jemele Hill?