Fox & Friends Guest Repeatedly Trashes ESPN’s Jemele Hill as ‘Unemployed’ in Segment on Journalism Award
Fox & Friends had on Lawrence Jones, the editor in chief of college grievance catalogue Campus Reform, to comment on ESPN host Jemele Hill winning a journalism award in a segment that was staggeringly devoid of facts.
The latest outrage surrounding Hill stems from her being awarded 2018 “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Hill found herself mired in controversy earlier this year after calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist. She was removed, along with co-host Michael Smith, as a host of SportsCenter after the controversy, and now serves as a senior correspondent and columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated vertical.
“Apparently this controversial ESPN host deserves a big award,” Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt remarked somberly.
Jones kicked off by lamenting that the NABJ is promoting “unemployment” by giving the award to Hill (Hill is not unemployed).
“The bottom line is she’s unemployed from hosting her own TV show,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, I want people that looked like me, people that looked up to her, to have someone on TV that is going to forever show them that they can do it. Now she can’t do it, now she is unemployed.”
“The National Association of Black Journalists is literally saying that we’re going to applaud unemployment,” Jones said of the employed writer. “And that’s not something I stand for.”
“Now, apparently journalism looks a lot like activism,” Steve Doocy said grimly.
“Speaking of audience, when they pulled her off the show, the ratings on the show went up,” Earhardt added. After Hill was removed from SportsCenter, the show’s ratings went up 4%.
Jones went on to mock Hill, who is a writer for ESPN with more than 1 million Twitter followers, for no longer having a platform.
“How can she donate to those young black folks if she no longer has a platform?” Jones added. “There is no Jemele anymore.”
UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: Fox & Friends issued a correction via Twitter:
On the show this morning a guest stated Jemele Hill was unemployed. Correction: Hill is currently employed by ESPN.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 22, 2018
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