Former Major League Baseball Pitcher Curt Schilling Should Have Been Fired Already â€“ What’s Taking ESPN So Long?
Curt Schilling, once a Major League Baseball great and respected ESPN analyst on Monday shared on Facebook a despicable transphobic meme. It reads: “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
This is the meme that Schilling saw worth his time to not only share, but comment on, and comment supportively on, which Outsports posted to Twitter:
â€” Outsports (@outsports) April 19, 2016
Schilling claims he “only” commented on the meme, and didn’t post it, but Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler, who originally reported the news, has a screenshot from Schilling’s Facebook page that shows otherwise, as does USA Today.
Not surprisingly, Schilling is virulently defending his comments, and his anti-trans position, as well.
â€œA man is a man no matter what they call themselves,â€ he wrote on the above meme, as Outsports andÂ ThinkProgress documented. â€œI donâ€™t care what they are, who they sleep with, menâ€™s room was designed for the penis, womenâ€™s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.â€
That wasn’t the end.
On his “Official Blog,” Schilling, who is 49, wrote a post to “all of you out there who are just dying to be offended so you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind,” insisting all he did was make “a comment about the basic functionality of mens and womens restrooms, period.”
Six months ago, Schilling was suspended, briefly, for a tweetÂ comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis. In his same blog post he defended that tweet too. He attacked those offended by it as “gutless cowards” andÂ called it the “meme that some of you clowns and more of you spineless looking to be offended folks turned into something it was not.”
ThinkProgress’Â Lindsay Gibbs notes that “Schilling really and truly believes that he is a victim in all of this. He has shown no desire or effort to learn, evolve, or make amends for his comments.”
USA Today’sÂ Andrew Joseph says “Schilling may not have been the original poster of the meme â€” he technically shared it. But he still posted and endorsed the message it promoted.”
“And after all the outrage,” Joseph concludes,Â “heÂ stillÂ doesnâ€™t realize whatâ€™s expected of him as a sports broadcaster.”
Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler says ESPN “has to” fire Schilling.Â
â€œWe are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it,â€ ESPN said Tuesday.
“Maybe making the matter even worse,” Zeigler writes, “one of ESPN’s MLB editors is a trans woman: Christina Kahrl. How does the company tell Kahrl anything but, ‘We reject this message and this man’?”
Image via Wikimedia
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‘Going With Full Dictator’: Trump Blasted and Mocked for Threatening to Regulate or Close Down Social Media Sites
Falsely Claims Social Media ‘Totally’ Silences Conservatives and Compares It to Mail-In Voting
President Donald Trump is threatening to go after social media platforms after Twitter on Tuesday appended a “get the facts” label to two of his tweets that falsely claimed voting by mail is “substantially fraudulent” and the 2020 election will be “Rigged.”
Wednesday morning Trump posted two tweets claiming, falsely, “Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices.”
“We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump threatened.
The President does not have the power to shutter a private company. Congress can regulate social media platforms but has been slow to do so. Trump’s threat makes it clear any attempt to do so will now be seen as a partisan power grab, given that multiple studies and reports have already proven social media platforms bend over backwards to favor conservatives.
Trump also oddly compared what he claims is a silencing of conservatives to mail-in voting.
It is yet another example of Trump falsely claiming to have unlimited power, far beyond the constraints of the Constitution.
The responses were immediate and filled with anger.
100,000 Americans dead and highest unemployment since the Great Depression but Trump's focus is is making sure Twitter doesn't fact check his tweets. Who wants more 4 more years of this BS?!
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 27, 2020
That’s funny, because everyone knows that Republicans manipulated social media in 2016 to amplify their bogus stories & propaganda.
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) May 27, 2020
1) obama threatening to "close down" outlets he didn't like
2) how fox and the entire right, including congress, would freak out if he said that (impeachment, removal from office, probably armed conflict) https://t.co/kNsnU5YzIs
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 27, 2020
Going with full dictator right out in the open now I see.
A fact check on a couple of tweets isn't 'silencing conservative voices'.
We see you adding trollbots 24/7 to help spread your mis/disinformation and Twitter does nothing about that. pic.twitter.com/IZAm7o4t5b
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) May 27, 2020
Trump threatens on Twitter to close down Twitter, basically. https://t.co/jr6E03rNBx
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) May 27, 2020
If you’re “totally silenced” you, how did you tweet? How are Fox, Brietbart, & DailyWire so popular?
Facts trump your hurt feelings: you still share no evidence of systemic anti-conservative bias on social media. https://t.co/q2XjNBHnA9
Just the opposite: https://t.co/PCXTFFkFz6 pic.twitter.com/ufk9zFayPW
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) May 27, 2020
Very fascist of him.
— Marie Titus🌊🌊🌊🌊2020 (@MarieTitus9) May 27, 2020
A big chunk of Trump's base already supports Trump shutting down media outlets that are unfair to him. They have chosen Trump OVER the US Constitution. If Trump wins in 2020 we can expect to see him do this: https://t.co/aznMhJRRCU
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 27, 2020
This is a lie! 1) @Twitter is a private company, and 2) Trump won the 2016 election because he and Russia (his accomplices) used Facebook to disseminate misinformation to voters to suppress votes! #RemoveTrumpTweets @realDonaldTrump @Morning_Joe @MSNBC #MorningJoe https://t.co/o9Yg7yT8Sb
— Barbara Patterson (@patte151) May 27, 2020
Twitter is a private company. What you are saying here is tyranny.
— Speex (@speexvocon) May 27, 2020
A day after Twitter attached a fact check to his tweets for the first time, President Trump responds with a threat to regulate social media. https://t.co/rSXzJqz069
— Margaret Chadbourn (@MLChadbourn) May 27, 2020
" We will strongly regulate, or close them down,"
Appropriate words –
for a dictatorship.
— Mountaindreamer (@Mountaindream5) May 27, 2020
Trump tells his 80 million Twitter followers that people like him are being "totally" silenced. Threatens to close down social media companies. https://t.co/cpGWWkbeSn
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) May 27, 2020
The flip side of rewarding cronies and creating a culture of impunity for allies is destroying businesses and individuals that fail to show fealty. A government of Trump, by Trump, and for Trump. https://t.co/Y3PhYZAUBC
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) May 27, 2020
‘Ugly Even for Him’: Scathing Wall Street Journal Editorial Rails Against Trump for ‘Debasing His Office’
The Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal Tuesday night issued a stern warning to President Donald Trump, accusing the Oval Office occupant of “debasing his office” and “hurting the country.”
The Journal is owned by Trump’s good friend Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News and a plethora of right wing media outlets worldwide.
That did not stop the editors for attacking Trump for going after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. Trump in recent days has renewed his conspiracy theory, strongly suggesting – if not outright accusing – the “Morning Joe” host of murdering an intern when he was a Florida congressman two decades ago.
“Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him,” the editorial begins.
“Nasty stuff,” they call his tweets accusing Scarborough of murder (no need to reproduce them here) and declare, “suggesting that the talk-show host is implicated in the woman’s death isn’t political hardball. It’s a smear. Mr. Trump rightly denounces the lies spread about him in the Steele dossier, yet here he is trafficking in the same sort of trash.”
“Mr. Trump is debasing his office, and he’s hurting the country in doing so,” they conclude.
Sadly, the Journal’s editors don’t bother to inform their readers that the intern, who died of natural causes, left behind a husband. Trump’s tweets have heightened his grieving all these years later, and he has asked Twitter’s CEO to delete the tweets. That seems an important detail the Journal should have included.
‘I, as President, Will Not Allow It to Happen!’: Trump Lashes Out at Twitter for Fact-Checking His Voter Suppression Lies
That didn’t take long.
Around 5:30 PM Twitter slapped a label on two of President Donald Trump’s tweets, inviting social media users to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.” It’s the first time Twitter has placed what some are calling a “warning label” on any individual tweet.
And while others say it’s not sufficient – Trump’s lies remain and the label isn’t especially strong – Trump went ballistic just two hours later.
“They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.”
Actually, his tweets are filled with lies and falsehoods, no fact-checking required.
But Trump did not stop there.
In yet another example of his belief that he is all powerful, Trump decreed, “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
The President, who has never read the U.S. Constitution and has little to no understanding of it, does not comprehend that he is using a private platform operated by a private company, and the only “free speech” guarantee is when the government “stifles” it.
Twitter can do what they want. And they have.
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