Just like most of the country there seems to be a rift between ESPN employees on how the network should have handled Jemele Hill after she called the President a”white supremacist” in a series of tweets this week.
Today, thanks to Deadspin, we have the private chat logs of ESPN employees talking about whether or not to discipline Hill and not surprising several of Hill’s colleagues want the network to suspend her for her remarks.
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Deadspin has obtained chat logs from an internal forum used by ESPN employees, in which a series of ESPNers have argued over the past few days about Hill’s case and, more broadly, how much employees should be permitted to share their political opinions online, the degree to which ESPN should be political, and the cynically engineered perception that the network is too liberal. We have anonymized the employees, who range from off-camera assistants to senior staff.
On Wednesday night, ESPN tried to take Hill off the air of for the night and replace her with one of her black colleagues but they all refused.