Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I guess it depends on who you mock to ESPN

Hat tip: Andrew Breitbart's'Big Government' in a post by Dana Loesch.

ESPN golf analyst and 12-time PGA Tour winner Paul Azinger tweeted during this week of President Obama's vacation on Martha's Vineyard:

"Facts: POTUS has played more golf this month than I have; I have created more jobs this month than he has."

Because of that tweet, ESPN, on Friday August 26, strongly publicly rebuked Paul Azinger: 
"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,"

Then there's the case of ESPN announcer Kenny Mayne who tweeted: "Almost rammed car with Palin bumper. with intent.  held up coulda been kids in car."

After this fact was pointed out to ESPN, they also said they reminded Mayne about the policy too.  But not publicly like they did to Azinger. Also, if what they said was true, why didn't they bring that fact out before it had to be put to them in a question?  I am dubious if Mayne was rebuked privately.

I'm not condoning either tweet or that either man shouldn't have been reprimanded, if they do indeed have such a policy on social media.  But why make public a case against a man who made a light joke about the president, but quietly rebuke another man who made, what could be described, as a hate tweet against Sarah Palin.

Maybe, if Paul Azinger had just tweeted he had almost rammed a car with an Obama bumper sticker intentionally, ESPN wouldn't have been so public in their rebuke of him........ right.

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