MSNBC Guest on Jemele Hill Controversy: The White House Is Saying It’s Okay to Not Hire Black People


During Sunday’s “PoliticsNation,” ESPN “The Undefeated” writer William Rhoden weighed in on the controversy surrounding ESPN anchor Jemele Hill. Hill tweeted this week that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist,” a statement the White House called a “fireable offense.” Rhoden said Trump and the White House are telling the “racist” sports media and other white people that it is “OK” to not hire black people. “[T]he problem with the White House is that it’s created an atmosphere where they’re telling white folks ‘it’s okay,’” Rhoden explained. “It’s okay not to hire black folks. It’s OK to grab your Confederate flag or your Nazi flag and walk openly. It’s okay to do that.” Rhoden then vowed that black people would start “fighting fire with fire.” “It’s economics. We’re going to start boycotting. We’re going to start boycotting the organizations who support our enemy,” he added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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NYT’s Chozick: Hillary ‘Thought It Was Our Job’ to Get Her Elected


Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” New York Times reporter Amy Chozick said Hillary Clinton made it sound in her new book, “What Happened,” like she thought it was the media’s job to get her elected. “Is Clinton right that there hasn’t been enough soul-searching about the press’ responsibility?” asked host Brian Stelter. “I agree with Hillary Clinton that for an industry that thrives on investigation and interrogating others, we’re very bad at scrutinizing ourselves, and there definitely could be more soul-searching about our role in 2016,” Chozick responded. “The way she presents it in the book is a little bit like it was our job to get Hillary Clinton elected.” “Our job was to inform voters about their choices and how those choices would impact their lives, whether it was about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or any other candidate,” she said. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Watch: Las Vegas High School Football Game Ends in Brawl, Police Break It Up With Pepper Spray


A football game between two Las Vegas high schools got out of hand Friday. Per Las Vegas Review-Journal, tensions escalated at the game between Canyon Springs and Basic out of the Clark County School District as the two teams piled up a total of 35 penalties, mostly personal fouls, and four players were ejected before a brawl broke out at the end of the game. Clark County School District Police intervened with pepper spray once players started punching and swinging helmets at each other. Las Vegas Review-Journal writes most of the pepper spray was “directed toward a group of Canyon Springs players and coaches, though at least one Basic staffer was targeted.” Players and coaches dispersed as they screamed in pain from the pepper spray. More police came to the scene to control the crowd. Despite police being called, no one was arrested. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Judge Jeanine to Hillary: You Lost Because People Don’t Like You


During her opening statement Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro said she has “had it” with Hillary Clinton’s “poor me nonsense” regarding her loss in the 2016 election. “You lost because people don’t like you,” Pirro directed at Clinton. “They don’t trust you. You’re arrogant and condescending. You call them names like ‘deplorable.’ And you have the moral core of a jellyfish. And you wonder why your accomplishments aren’t recognized. Your state department lied and said there were no emails on Benghazi.” She continued, “You out and out lied that there was no classified information on your email server, and you did it for convenience when we all know you set up a private non-secure you and your girlfriends Uma and Cheryl, allegedly doing state department work, could raise money for the organized criminal end prize known as the Clinton Foundation, which was nothing more than a campaign slush fund allowing you to take money from foreign governments and live a life to which government employees are unaccustomed.” Pirro then called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open a new federal investigation into Clinton. “Hillary should not get a free pass because she lost an election,” said Pirro. “Her reign was
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Fireworks Erupt Between CNN’s Smerconish, Curt Schilling — You Were Pompous in Philly and ‘You’re Pompous Today’


Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling and CNN’s Michael Smerconish got into a heated debate Saturday over ESPN anchor Jemele Hill’s accusation that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist.” Schilling said this week in an interview with Sean Hannity that Hill “has always been a racist” and doubled down on his comments on “Smerconish” before saying CNN has also engaged in labeling Trump a “white supremacist.” “CNN has been at the vanguard from everything from the fake Russian dossier to calling Trump a white supremacist time after time, anchor after anchor with no validation, no support for the comments,” Schilling stated. “And the white supremacy 27 years ago on the Oprah Winfrey show. This is the same station that said with female anchors with her hands up, with the ‘hands up don’t shoot,’ even though that was considered to be a complete fabrication or lie. I never heard anyone at CNN retract that. I never heard CNN retract that.” Smerconish then noted how ESPN fired Schilling for sharing a meme about transgenders, which the CNN host said “besmirched an entire class of individuals.” “[Y]ou guys operate under the notion that we’re too stupid to think for ourselves,” Schilling responded. “You know
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NAACP Lawyer: Trump’s Presidency Was Driven by the ‘Browning of America’


Janai Nelson, the Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” that the “clear browning of America” led to President Trump’s election. “[W]hat drove this entire presidency is the fact that there is a clear browning of America,” Nelson stated. “Black and Latino voters are going to dominate the electorate if they are able to vote — if they are included in our democracy in a way that is proper and fair.” She went on to say that Trump’s election commission is “doing everything possible to erect barriers” to set people of color back. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Press Sec Sanders Doubles Down on Jemele Hill: ESPN ‘Hypocritical’ to Not Hold Anchors to Consistent Standard


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused ESPN of being “hypocritical” in their handling of anchor Jemele Hill’s controversial comments where she called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” Sanders said this week that Hill’s comments should be a “fireable offense” and she doubled down on those comments Friday, noting the network suspended anchor Linda Cohn just for saying ESPN has gotten too political. “I think the point is that ESPN has been hypocritical,” Sanders explained. “They should hold anchors to a fair and consistent standard. ESPN suspended a longtime anchor, Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint. The network’s public editor has said that there is a perception that ESPN has become political and that has harmed the network.” “They should be consistent in whatever guidelines that they have set themselves in that front,” she added. ESPN also fired Curt Schilling after he posted a meme on social media about transgender people using the bathroom of their choosing. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Clay Travis to CNN Host on Jemele Hill Flap: Two Things Have Never Let Him Down in Life — First Amendment and Boobs


On Friday’s “CNN Newsroom,” host Brooke Baldwin shut down an interview with Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis about ESPN’s Jemele Hill going unpunished for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” after Travis praised the First Amendment and “boobs” for having never let him down. Partial transcript as follows: TRAVIS: I’m a First Amendment absolutist and believe in two things completely: the first amendment and boobs, and so… BALDWIN: Wait, did you just say you believe in the First Amendment and — hold on, I just want to make sure I heard you correctly as a woman anchoring the show, what did you just say? You believe in the First Amendment and b-o-o-b-s? TRAVIS: Boobs, two things that have only never let me down in this country, the First Amendment and boobs. So, those are the two things I believe in absolutely in the country. So, I don’t think Jemele Hill should be fired, but iake the decision that you’re going to let Curt Schilling go, that you have to also make the decision you’re going to let Jemele Hill go. Former ESPN senior editor Keith Reed, who was also on CNN to talk about ESPN and Hill, reacted to the
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Actor Who Portrayed Colin Kaepernick in Nixed Whitlock Skit Apologizes for ‘Optics’ of Impersonation


Christopher “Kid” Reid says he is sorry for his role in the Fox Sports 1 “Speak for Yourself” skit with Jason Whitlock where he dressed as former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The skit was eventually shot down for not meeting FS1 standards, and, after being heavily criticized by “Undisputed” co-host Shannon Sharpe: Great to have Kap stop by the studio today. pic.twitter.com/2UPuyCdWdK — Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) September 6, 2017 Reid, half of the hip-hop duo Kid ‘n Play, cited “optics” for why he felt bad posing dressed as Kaepernick in a 49ers jersey with Whitlock, a staunch critic of the controversial quarterback. He posted a lengthy Facebook message saying he only intended to “spoof the media’s treatment” of the activist quarterback, adding he actually stands “exactly” where Kaepernick stands. Reid stressed that he learned a lesson from the incident, and would exercise better judgment in the future. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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David Ortiz: Keep Political Statements Out of Baseball


In wake of the “Racism Is As American As Baseball” banner that was unfurled at Fenway Park this week, retired Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz said he is not a fan of political statements being made at games because “people can get the wrong idea” about the message. “That’s kind of messed up right there,” Ortiz said to TMZ Sports after seeing the banner. “Why would you do that?” “You think they shouldn’t do that at games?” the reporter asked. Ortiz replied, “Hell no, you don’t do that at all!” “You don’t wanna add more s–t to the s–t that is already out there,” he added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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