White House Rips Disney CEO Bob Iger & ESPN Over Hiring of Keith Olbermann

Yesterday the media world exploded in controversy over a series of Tweets sent by Roseanne Barr attacking others on social media. Among those attacks was one directed at Valerie Jarrett, a former White House official under President Barack Obama. Roseanne Tweeted that Jarrett was “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Disney canceled Roseanne’s show in the wake of the racist Tweet and Disney CEO Bob Iger, who had been planning to run for president in 2020 against Donald Trump prior to his company’s announced merger with Fox, called and apologized to Valerie Jarrett for what Roseanne had Tweeted.

Here was my discussion of the Roseanne imbroglio on Outkick the Show.

I focused my discussion on the different treatment Disney CEO Bob Iger had given for incendiary comments made on social media by Keith Olbermann, whose ESPN hire was announced on Friday, and Jemele Hill at ESPN compared to how Curt Schilling and Roseanne Barr had been treated for their incendiary social media comments.

In particular, Hill wasn’t penalized for saying the president, his staff and his supporters were white supremacists and the unhinged Olbermann has been allowed to call the president a psychopathic Nazi white supremacist with no penalties whatsoever. You can read all those Tweets here.

You can also see those Tweets here.

Whereas Curt Schilling was fired for supporting the North Carolina transgender bathroom bill.

Early this morning Jason Whitlock came on my Fox Sports Radio show and we discussed the issue. You can listen to that conversation here.

Later this morning the president took note of Iger’s decision to phone Valerie Jarrett and apologize for what was said about her, firing off this Tweet directed at Disney CEO Bob Iger:

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was just asked about the Tweet at the White House press briefing this afternoon and took aim at the double standard:

“Where was Bob Iger’s apology to the White House staff for Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist? To Christians around the world for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the president on “The View” after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head?

And where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive laced tweets attacking the president, calling him a Nazi, and even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the president’s family. This is a double standard he is speaking about. No one is defending her comments. They’re inappropriate but that was the point he was making.”


Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.