ESPN is catching some serious flak after former host Britt McHenry claimed she was fired for being a conservative.The sports network has been growing more and more openly political and left-leaning over the last few years, as evidenced by the treatment of Curt Schilling who was fire after making commentds about radical Islam.
According to IJR, Back in April, sports network ESPN let go around 100 of its writers and reporters as the company moved to save some money in response to plummeting ratings.On Monday, former reporter Britt McHenry, who was part of those layoffs, implied on Twitter that she was fired for her conservative political leanings.
In a now-deleted response to a comment about ESPN’s liberal leanings, McHenry wrote:
“I mean I’ve been openly Conservative…look how that ended up.”McHenry ended up deleting the original post, but followed up with the preceding tweets:
Need to take my opinions & truth to a place & blog that actually gets money for the clicks. I replied to a friend. Take it easy, Twitter
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) June 27, 2017
Stay true to what you believe in–positive or negative, it's still a reaction. Want the truth from me, come to my social media. ♥️you— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) June 27, 2017
McHenry has made it clear where she falls politically, mentioning on her social media profiles her admiration for current First Lady Melania Trump’s fashion sense, as well as her associations with folks like Speaker Paul Ryan.Some on the left are claiming her political beliefs had nothing to do with her firing — typical, right? — and are instead pointing to an incident captured on video back in 2015, where McHenry berated a tow truck employee in a rather upsetting, vulgar fashion.
ESPN promptly suspended her for a week.
Sure, that particular incident may not have helped matters, but it’s not at all beyond the realm of possibility to think that maybe, given the network’s current slide into left-leaning politics, her beliefs also helped influence the decision to have her booted.
It’ll be interesting to see if ESPN responds to her comment on the matter and how they might try to spin things in their favor.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]