Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bizarro World

Bear with us here just a moment and imagine a world in which everything ran backwards -- say, calling the former FBI director a crook would be a "fireable offense" for your hitherto responsible PR hacks, while calling the president names would be laying out reasons or making the case. We could call it -- Fox News!

You should enjoy all the exciting Fox prose for its own virtues. The "Trump" fellow who's making his case in the afternoon's top story doesn't even rate a genuine first reference; here's how he makes his first appearance in the fourth graf:

Comey was fired by Trump in May amid tensions over the Russia probe. After he was fired, Comey had a friend leak his notes to the press about his recollection of interactions with the president. In the notes, Comey said the president encouraged him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

And see if you can pick up a theme in the No. 3 story:

The latest controversy surrounding left-leaning ESPN has bubbled all the way up to the White House, where Press Secretary Sarah Sanders weighed in Wednesday to say calling President Trump a “white supremacist” is a fireable offense.

The sports network’s Jemele Hill set off a firestorm with a recent tweet branding Trump a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” That, according to Sanders, ought to earn Hill, host of the urban-centric program “SC6,” more than a slap on the wrist.

... Hill’s comment comes amid increasing criticism of ESPN for introducing liberal political bias into its sports programming. 


... When a reporter pressed Sanders for more of a reaction to Hill’s comments, the press secretary simply reminded the briefing room that Trump “has met with people like (South Carolina Republican] Senator [Tim] Scott, who are highly respected leaders in the Africa-American community” and is committed to “bringing the country together.”

... Citing confidential sources,* Fox Sports' "Outkick the Coverage’s" Clay Travis reported on Tuesday that longtime ESPN anchor Linda Cohn was told by directly by the network’s president John Skipper not to show up to work last April after she suggested that the network has become too political during a radio appearance. She missed a day of work – which is one day more than Hill will miss for calling the president a white supremacist.


Evidently, things were so important on Wednesday that for a few hours, there wasn't a Hillary Clinton story on the front.

* Pesky sources!

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