Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

ESPN at it again: Trump's 'af***ing stupid person'

ESPN at it again: Trump's 'af***ing stupid person'

On a recent episode of Viceland's "Desus & Mero", ESPN's Katie Nolan referred to President Trump as "a fucking stupid person", a comment which was later deemed inappropriate by ESPN. The comedy team asked Nolan about hand gestures and memes that some interpret as white supremacist gestures. The suggestion was made that a thumbs-up means "white power" and that Trump often uses it. We should offer balance or recognize opposing views, as warranted. It tells its employees that they "should refrain from overt partisanship or endorsement of particular candidates" and should "avoid personal attacks and inflammatory rhetoric". Nolan's comments are only going to turn up the heat on ESPN.

Last month, ESPN made it clear to each and everyone of their employees at their home base in Bristol, Connecticut during a two-hour summit that was about two main topics: 1.

While Nolan's comments occured on a talk show and not on Twitter or Facebook, her attempt to quickly explain away her outburst may have been due in part to ESPN's social media guidelines for journalists.

ESPN has opted to give host Katie Nolan a warning rather than a suspension for her vulgar comments this week about President Donald Trump. The guidelines also mandate that "communication with producers and editors must take place prior to commentary on any political and social issues to manage volume and ensure a fair and effective presentation". In 2016 she won an Emmy award for her Fox Sports show "Garbage Time".

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Sporting News reached out to ESPN, which declined to comment.

ESPN hired Nolan on October 16.

Would ESPN have preferred Nolan never went there about Trump?

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