Trump attacks Jemele Hill: No wonder ESPN ratings have tanked

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With America coming off its worst monthly jobs report in seven years, 90 percent of Puerto Ricans lacking electricity and wildfires killing people in California, President Trump turned his attention this morning to the important subject of Jemele Hill.

Hill, the ESPN SportsCenter anchor who was condemned by the White House for calling Trump a white supremacist, was suspended by ESPN this week for suggesting that fans could affect Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stance on national anthem protests by boycotting Jones’ advertisers. Trump jumped back into the subject this morning by attacking Hill and ESPN on Twitter.

“With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have ‘tanked,’ in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!” Trump wrote.

ESPN has certainly struggled in the ratings department in the last couple years, but that’s more a result of American viewership patterns as a whole than about any one ESPN employee. As more and more Americans cancel their cable and satellite subscriptions and go with Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services as their only TV options, ESPN loses more and more viewers. So there’s some truth to Trump saying ESPN has “tanked,” but the reality is market forces much larger than Jemele Hill are the primary reason for that.

What Hill does do, however, is allow Trump to rile up his base and suggest that the liberal media is attacking him with all those “fake news” stories about the real problems America is facing. Hill and the NFL have recently become some of Trump’s favorite distractions.

94 responses to “Trump attacks Jemele Hill: No wonder ESPN ratings have tanked

  1. Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  2. Why is she still employed? In the REAL world, if she offended a customer more than once she would be fired …… In the fake world of sports and media you can offend millions of customers and just get more exposure …

  3. No, ESPN ratings have slumped because of ESPN (not least their total BSPN over deflategate) rather than general changes in “viewership patterns”. Firing Hill is maybe the only good thing they’ve done this year though giving her a job in the first place was just one of many reasons why “viewerhsip” deflated.

  4. Jemele Hill is one of the primary reasons I actively avoid ESPN products and programming altogether. I won’t even watch clips on YouTube.

  5. Patriot1 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am
    Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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    This has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. The government is not restricting her speech ..like the NFL, ESPN is a private enterprise and is completely within their rights to suspend or fire her if they don’t like the message she is conveying.

  6. This guy Trump has us on the verge of nuclear war and he still has time to dismantle constitutional rights of individual businesses and citizens. Trump’s own Secretary of State called him a moron and GOP Senator Corker perfectly lays out the case for the WH being an ADULT DAY CARE,Trump is silent.

    We need a leader who represents us all and not just 20%. He’s too busy staging a VP protest and playing golf to take the nation forward. Meanwhile, white supremacists march again in Charlottesville. Not a word about those fine people.

  7. Perfect example of trumps america… someone simply posted the 1st amendment and more people disliked it than liked it because their most likely trump supports and assume the article that is the foundation of america is attacking trump. How incredibly sad is that.

  8. In the fake world of sports and media you can offend millions of customers and just get more exposure …
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    However, one can offend millions of citizens and still get elected as president…..

  9. I wonder what kind of American still watches ESPN? I haven’t watched ESPN since highschool and im almost 30…

  10. NONE of this should be on Trump’s priority list. Not Jemelle Hill, not the NFL, not ESPN…none of it. He is supposed to be the president, which he is tanking at.

  11. A president of the United States grateful for the potential failure of a corporation…wow, just wow. Not my president.

  12. ratings across the entire TV industry are down… ESPN’s slide started by their own doing but the continued slide is all market based.

  13. He’s not wrong. I remember when she was hired years ago as a scrub beat writer and her only talent seemed to be complaining about imaginary unfairness. She wrote about sports like she was pulling the details from Wikipedia.

  14. Patriot1 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am
    Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
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    Patriot 1, respectfully government is not business. Constitutional Amendment protections are protections from the government only, not enterprise.

  15. Whether you like her or not, “The Six” is a terrible show. Having watched a few times when it initially started, it feels like I’m watching the afternoon news and I could already get that at CNN, Fox News, etc. Add that to her comments, it’s not going to improve ratings and that equates to revenue… Her time is coming to a slow end.

  16. Don’t worry Donny…this may be working on the neanderthals, but Mueller isn’t being fooled by your poor attempts to distract.

  17. Big picture….Trump has manufactured this beef with the NFL and their surrogates (ESPN) for one reason only….to demonstrate how the leverage game is played and how easily he can mobilize his base. Factor in his fearless embrace of left wing tactics of intimidation….politicians will need to think twice when considering their votes on immigration and tax breaks. In every instance…..the flag, immigration, tax cuts…..Trumps stands with the majority…and he’s not afraid to use his leverage against those that may dissent. With the NFL caving, Trump has proved his point.

  18. And during economic crisis, Iran nuke threats, and all sorts of issues Obama would put out a March Madness bracket. So what? They are people, they watch sports, and a tweet takes all of 9 seconds.

  19. I can’t speak for everybody else but I have ESPN on sling TV and unless there’s a ball game on I don’t watch it specifically because of people like Jemele Hill.

  20. .
    “ESPN has certainly struggled in the ratings department in the last couple years, but that’s more a result of American viewership patterns as a whole than about any one ESPN employee. ”

    That is correct. However, there’s a lot of viewers who find no value in their stale, contrived programming. Who really needs to see a bunch of aging has beens discussing manufactured sports news?

    Today’s topic : Who’s a better Starship Captain, Tom Brady or LeBron James?

    Tune in! It should be riveting.
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  21. Patriot1 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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    Has Congress made any laws to stop Jemele Hill from saying what she said?

  22. Puerto ricans dying everday. California needs help. Homegrown terrorists killing our own and he’s accomplishing absolutely Nothing in office, Yet, has time tweet about ESPN and their employees. The worst part is the pft community is applauding this dude and willingly staying distracted. Im embarrassed.

  23. Switching from Sports Center to The Six was a panic move at best. ESPN was already plummeting. Other moves like trying to force America to watch soccer and not having an Asian announcer named Lee announce a game,certainly shows the decision making skills (or lack of) that they are dealing with at ESPN.

  24. Or it’s because ESPN fully embraced the ‘hot take’ mentality with people like Hill, instead of actual sports news, talk, and highlights.

  25. Looks like Trump supporters don’t care that Trump doesn’t do anything for the country, I am not surprised…they say the protesters need to respect the flag and military..,but don’t address the fact that Trump dodged the draft and disrespected people who actually served this country and were POW’S..,how is that respecting the military or the flag? Anyone care to explain why he gets a pass for that? He wants to start a war with North Korea and possibly send young men and women into harms way when he wouldn’t even serve this country himself…he’s a draft dodging coward, and people support him…nothing patriotic about that…

  26. This is precisely how white privilege works: Jemele Hill can’t use Twitter to speak truth to power without threatening her livelihood, meanwhile the current occupant of the White House uses the same platform carte blanche for everything (up to and including instigating WW3) without repercussion.

  27. Emailed ESPN 3x to cancel my subscription bc of Hill – no response back within 2 weeks. Messaged them in an online chat, & they wouldn’t cancel my account til I talked to another representative. Idk how that’s even legal – what a POS company

  28. She wants this and the best thing we can do is just let her stew in her own racist thoughts , she’s irrelevant

  29. wcucarter says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:05 am
    It’s not at all about American viewing patterns. It’s about a social/political outlet parading as a sports station that covers 4 teams.
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    Well the Cowboys and the Patriots are definitely 2 of the teams, who are the others?
    BTW – Jemele Hill forced to take a knee for 2 weeks by ESPN management is sort of ironic. She seems to bring out the best in our President.

  30. joetoronto says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:46 am
    He’s right again and whether you like it or not is irrelevant.

    No Way. I finally agree with Joetoronto on something.

  31. Whether Trump likes it or not, Jemelle Hill is FREE to say whatever she wants. If she gets suspended from her job for it, that’s on her. It’s not Trump’s business.

  32. jnks10 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:02 am
    Perfect example of trumps america… someone simply posted the 1st amendment and more people disliked it than liked it because their most likely trump supports and assume the article that is the foundation of america is attacking trump. How incredibly sad is that.

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    Haha great point my friend.

  33. bradygirl12 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:06 am
    NONE of this should be on Trump’s priority list. Not Jemelle Hill, not the NFL, not ESPN…none of it. He is supposed to be the president, which he is tanking at.
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    Well, she did call him a white supremacist…….so…………..

  34. thedoctlc says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:59 am
    This is precisely how white privilege works: Jemele Hill can’t use Twitter to speak truth to power without threatening her livelihood, meanwhile the current occupant of the White House uses the same platform carte blanche for everything (up to and including instigating WW3) without repercussion.

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    This is precisely how the real world works. You are paid for a job, you abide by the rules your employer sets for ALL employees. You violate the rules and you get punished. When you call for, or urge people to boycot the sponsors of a team in a league that your employer pays for the rights to broadcast, you are not only attempting to affect the bottom line of that team, but your own employer.

    Just because you have a social issue that is important to you, doesnt give you the right to say whatever you want, whenever you want without consequence. Jerry Jones has a right to run his team however he pleases. Then NFL can run their league however they please. ESPN is free to have a policy that prohibits their employees from saying or doing anything that might affect their bottom line. If you dont get this, then you clearly live in a fantasy world.

  35. She should be fired. never mind suspended. She is racist as hell.
    There are a few others on ESPN that should go the same way.

  36. Great point? The problem is you don’t understand why people disliked it. Using the Constitution reference in this thread shows lack of understanding. For the umpteenth time freedom of speech is irrelevant in a business it only pertains to government taking away that right. The NFL or ESPN can do as they wish if someone speaks out.

  37. Maybe the problem is ESPN needs to make up its mind, is it a sports channel or a Political commentary channel? if its going to be a sports channel then great! show highlights and talk about sports…if you want to be social justice warriors then great, you can be just like MSNBC, or Fox, or CNN…just make up your mind! be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a Tuna fish sandwich, don’t put tuna on my PBJ!!!

  38. Help me here… there is really no way for me to have cable and not have ESPN. I have put the Child Lock on all my ESPN Channels so ESPN is never on my tube. Does this approach have any effect?

  39. Patriot1 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
    ………
    She is an open racist. That doesnt fall under Free Speech. Nice try tho, come again

  40. thedoctlc says:

    October 10, 2017 at 8:59 am

    This is precisely how white privilege works:
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    Cry me a river… poor you.

  41. I don’t understand why a cable company would want to infuriate a large percentage of their customers. Donald Trump is wrong about many more things than he is right about, but he found a good punching bag in ESPN.

  42. I think you are right that ESPN’s ratings haven’t declined due to one person. They have declined due to many of them at that network. What they don’t get is that the vast majority of us want to watch sports to get away from the political mess we have these days. Remember when we could watch sports to forget about the stuff we have to deal with every day? yeah me neither.

  43. Seriously, nice try to denigrate Trump for taking the inordinate amount of time to respond to the very ill advised comment by Jemelle. She is doing herself and her company a disservice by continuing the campaign to force the NFL owners to do her bidding. Last I knew, the owners controlled their teams and play whom they like. This social engineering experiment should be shut down immediately. If not, it will only get worse till a major backlash occurs that no one wants. Make time before or after the anthem to make your statement. This should make everyone happy except those that want to make trouble. They have their national spotlight to make statements without disrespecting the anthem and the flag many of our people have died to defend.

  44. Trump’s business is to legislate. He has done NONE of that. He instead chooses to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong continuously. Right or wrong, Jemelle Hill’s tweets should not even be on his radar. Our country is a divided mess, largely because of him. As long as he is in office, we will remain a hot mess as a country.

  45. Geez in this day and age this is called an attack? I pretty sure that looks like a statement to me. Fact is that ESPN’s viewership is dropping, is it all because of Hill? I would disagree, but the vast majority of the country doesn’t want to watch never ending coverage of these protest. I used to always watch the evening SportsCenter when it was Neil and Stan because it was about sports with comedy sprinkled in. Ever since they have switched it to Mike and Jemele I’ve quit watching specifically because of Hill and all of her racist comments which sucks because I actually like listening to Micheal Smith and what he has to offer. Want to be an activist? Fine, do that crap on your own time and not while working on a television station that has absolutely zero to do with politics. Oh, and it would be wise to remember that you are a public figure that is representing more than just yourself so after you type those 140 characters and before you hit send you better think about how your employer might feel about what you are saying. If you don’t like that you could always apply for a job at CNN or MSN they love the left and would probably hire you instantly.

  46. Of course she should be suspended. I’m surprised she still has a job. How idiotic is that? ESPN exists because of sports. Heres an idea, lets see what happens when we attack one of the most successful owners of one of the most valuable franchises in the the most popular sports in the Unites States. Come on! -Coming from someone who cant stand the Cowboys but totally get why they are covered more than anyone.

  47. I stopped watching ESPN completely because it stopped being about sports and became about promoting the liberal agenda. It wasn’t a conscious “I’ll show them” decision, I just am not interested in watching it any more.

  48. I don’t really watch because I am only concerned with the NFL and the Seahawks. I may watch something involving another team from time to time, but that’s about it. Since they cover all sports, that cuts down available viewing, but this can be said of any other station (other than NFL Network). A standard Sunday morning is spent channel surfing while waiting for the obligatory 30 seconds any network feels they have to devote to my team.

    That being said, I suspect ESPN’s problems had more to do with the takeover by Disney forcing a change in not only their programming, but their business model, much like when some shows get moved from the prime 5 or 6 pm slot to daytime television.

  49. I stopped watching ESPN when Jenner won “Sportperson of the Year”…which was worse than Jethro Tull winning the first time Grammy for “hard rock band of the year” (over Metallica !)

  50. Since she is a progressive, black woman she is suspended for comments about people who give the network cash. When calling the President a white supremacist she was perfectly okay. If she were a conservative white male ABC / ESPN would have quickly fired her as they did to Curt Schilling.

  51. mazenblue says:

    October 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Patriot1 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
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    She is an open racist. That doesnt fall under Free Speech. Nice try tho, come again
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    Uhhh…….Actually it does, ever hear of Brandenburg V Ohio? Nice try though. Next.

  52. flexx91 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:00 am
    So has his approval rating. Misery loves company….
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    You have to stop drinking the fake Koolaid and open your eyes.

  53. mrpeepee says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:03 am
    Emailed ESPN 3x to cancel my subscription bc of Hill – no response back within 2 weeks. Messaged them in an online chat, & they wouldn’t cancel my account til I talked to another representative. Idk how that’s even legal – what a POS company

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    What provider do you have that let’s you specifically subscribe to ESPN? Isn’t it part of a package that includes a bunch of other channels as well? I’ve never seen ESPN as an a la carte option…

  54. I agree with Tillerson that Trump is a moron, but even a broken watch is right twice a day and this is one of those occasions. I have already cut ESPN from my cable lineup and I will not watch while they keep employing this person. She obviously wants to be a political pundit, so ESPN should grant her wish and let her become an on air talent (questionable) free agent that CNN can scoop up.

  55. So Hill can call the president a white supremacist and denigrate the entire city of Boston as racist and ESPN is totally fine with it because it brings in click-bait yet when she says something that negatively affects their bottom line ESPN is all of a sudden the morality police? Bunch of d-bags at ESPN, way to take a stand.

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