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On Tuesday, ESPN tweeted that “a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s stall at Talladega Superspeedway” last year — a lie that the FBI debunked in June 2020.
Since it’s a lie and everyone knows it’s a lie, you’d assume ESPN would take the tweet down, perhaps issue a correction, and apologize for promulgating a year-old race hoax in such a tense climate.
How about none of the above?
For two days, ESPN has ignored requests for comment from OutKick, Fox News, and various other outlets. And, more to the point, the network has kept the tweet posted on its timeline for its 38 million followers to read.
Keep in mind, the highest-level executives at ESPN must be aware of this tweet since they are the ones who issue responses to PR reps whenever the network receives comment requests. Moreover, the story received coverage from a long list of outlets and podcasts on Wednesday. So ESPN’s leaders either support spreading a blatant lie or are too afraid to do anything about it.
If it’s the latter, and it probably is, then the white executives at ESPN are again looking for ways to demonstrate they are not racist in the hopes of shielding themselves from the woke mob.
“You can’t fire me! I told our social team to leave up the tweet that framed the NASCAR community as racist,” some loathsome stooge probably thought to himself. He knows that cancel culture will one day come for him — it comes for everyone. So, he’s proactively preparing his defense.
As we have argued, ESPN has created a workplace that incentivizes its employees to find examples of white racists and black victims. And because the demand for anti-black racism so clearly exceeds the supply, ESPN hosts, producers, and writers have had to make desperate reaches and/or skip the fact-checking process to support their arguments.
And now ESPN has apparently calculated that deceiving Jemele Hill enthusiasts into believing the vile lie that a white person planted a noose in Wallace’s garage is worth any ensuing humiliation.
This is pathetic, even for ESPN. ESPN has demeaned itself almost beyond repair, fighting perceived racism with overt racism.