August 26, 2011

Oh no!

ESPN clamps down on Paul Azinger's tweets about Obama's golfing:

ESPN is coming down on Paul Azinger for mocking President Barack Obama on Twitter. The golf analyst tweeted Thursday the Commander-in-chief plays more golf than he does -- and that Azinger has created more jobs this month than Obama has.

On Friday ESPN 'reminded" Azinger his venture into political punditry violates the company's updated social network policy for on-air talent and reporters.

"Paul's tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field," spokesman Andy Hall told Game On! in a statement.

Well, gosh. And what about their show "The Sports Reporters?" And Mike Lupica, a frequent guest to name one, occassionally opines on matters political not via social media but in big media? Mike Wilbon, also a co-host of "Pardon the Interruption," is another. Does ESPN have a "big media policy" ... and are these pundits "reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field"?

UPDATE: It appears ESPN has a double standard on the social media policy itself:

UPDATE 2: Much, much more on ESPN's hypocrisy. Looks like other employees -- who have opined against conservatives -- don't get reprimanded.

Posted by Hube at August 26, 2011 06:56 PM | TrackBack

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