Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence as of late. She had been shunned and mocked by an establishment that used her and quickly discarded her like a crumpled Big Gulp cup when they were done, then was thrown a lifeline by runaway presidential contender Donald Trump who floated the possibility that she could be a part of his administration. Now Palin is making news again with her blistering denunciation of sports television colossus ESPN for their suspension of Curt Schilling. Mr. Schilling, a former Boston Red Sox World Series hero and an ESPN announcer, ruffled the feathers of the political correctness police over a tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis and was then suspended by the network. Schilling was forced to retract his tweet and grovel before the court of public opinion and Palin was having none of it.
As reported by CNN in the story “Palin: Schilling suspension shows ESPN “buys into ISIS propaganda””:
Sarah Palin tore into ESPN on Thursday night, calling the network “whimpering” and “intolerant” for suspending baseball analyst Curt Schilling for a tweet comparing radical Muslims to Nazis.
In a Facebook post, Palin accused ESPN of buying into terrorist propaganda and advancing “liberal global politics.”
On Tuesday night, Schilling re-posted a meme that read: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” The text was emblazoned over a red-tinted photo of Adolf Hitler, with Schilling adding, “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.”
ESPN suspended Schilling from coverage of the Little League World Series over the incident, saying in a statement “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.” Schilling has since apologized.
But while intended to temper outrage on social media over Schilling’s tweet, ESPN’s statement appears to have stirred up a new controversy. The former GOP vice presidential candidate authored a lengthy statement of her own denouncing ESPN for the suspension and offering her support for Schilling and the tweet itself.
Titled “ESPN IS A JOURNALISTIC EMBARRASSMENT,” Palin’s post tore into the sports network, charging “ESPN what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!”
The Schilling suspension is one more example of how it is becoming common practice in Obamastan for corporations to punish employees for their social media activity and political opinions when they are off the clock. Schilling is fortunate for his celebrity status, most people would have been summoned to the boss’s office and summarily fired with their name then being entered into a big employment background check database that would have them effectively blackballed for exercising their right to free speech.
While Palin’s rant will likely provide fodder for the mercenary media, snotty liberals and professional comedians, she has a point about a very serious and under-reported issue. Employers are increasingly seeking to invade and control the private lives and censor the free speech of employees who shouldn’t have to check their civil liberties at the door when entering into an employment agreement. It is common practice for human resource departments to conduct social media searches on existing employees and prospective hires, often using firms that specialize in data-mining and pattern analysis and some have even demanded Facebook passwords as a part of their screening process. That sure as hell doesn’t sound like something that should be happening in a free country but then again we no longer live in one.