Chris Wallace Hits ESPN: Not Firing Jemele Hill Shows ‘Double Standard’


As he does each Friday, Chris Wallace weighed in on the topics of the week during Shepard Smith Reporting. Seldom do matters of sport intrude upon Wallace’s regular segment. This week, however, it was unavoidable.

The Fox News Sunday anchor opined on the White House’s ongoing battle with ESPN over a Tweet from SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill in which she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist. And while Wallace ultimately questioned the wisdom of the White House getting involved, he did back their message.

“It does seem that conservatives like [former ESPN baseball analyst Curt] Schilling get fired for comments they make,” Wallace said. “But this woman who called the president a white supremacist––so far, at least, they’re giving her a pass.”

Schilling — the former major league pitcher and baseball broadcaster whom Wallace referenced — was fired by ESPN after sharing an anti-transgender Facebook post.

“ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement at the time. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Wallace believes Hill’s case is similar to Schilling’s.

“There certainly does seem to be some double standard in terms of how they deal with political commentary by their people who are supposed to be commenting on sports,” Wallace said. “And which comments are considered acceptable — or at least not fireable offenses — and those that are.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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