Right-wing media slammed ESPN for suspending baseball analyst Curt Schilling over his tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis, calling Schilling's suspension “outrageous” and a “disgrace.”
Curt Schilling Suspended After Tweet Comparing Muslims To Nazis
Wash. Post: Curt Schilling Suspended From ESPN Little League Baseball Coverage After Tweeting Comparison Between Muslims And Nazis. ESPN analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling was suspended from the network's Little League World Series coverage, pending investigation after he posted a tweet comparing Muslim to Nazis:
[The Washington Post, 8/25/15]
Right-Wing Media Defend Schilling's Tweet And Lash Out At ESPN Over Suspension
Steve Deace: Suspension For “Telling Truth About Radical Islam” Is A Double Standard. Iowa radio host Steve Deace criticized Schilling's suspension on Twitter, writing, “So @ESPN Cris Carter not suspended for advocating obstruction of justice, but Curt Schilling telling truth about Radical Islam is suspended.”:
So @ESPN Cris Carter not suspended for advocating obstruction of justice, but Curt Schilling telling truth about Radical Islam is suspended.
-- Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) August 25, 2015
Sean Hannity: Schilling Was Trying To Educate People About The Past And ESPN Needs To Understand “There Is Evil In The World.” On the August 26 edition of The Sean Hannity Show, Sean Hannity criticized the suspension, saying Schilling was showing how we needed to “learn from past incidents of mass murder and evil,” and said, “there is evil in the world, ESPN.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 8/26/15]
Erick Erickson: Schilling's Suspension Is “Outrageous,” “Political Correctness Run Amuck.” In an August 25 post, conservative pundit and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson claimed ESPN “put political correctness ahead of truth and news” with their “outrageous” suspension of Schilling :
This is really outrageous. Curt Schilling pointed out how few people in Nazi Germany really identified with the Nazi Party to point out that even though so few people identify with radical Islam there is a problem.
His point was sound.
But it outrageously outraged ESPN, a network that has put political correctness ahead of truth and news. So they've yanked him from a little league broadcast.
The nation has lost its mind. It's also why I rarely watch ESPN any more. They're so committed to offending no one that they're offending so many people with political correctness run amuck. [The Erick Erickson Show, 8/25/15]
Mark Levin Calls For Viewers To Boycott ESPN: “There's Nothing Controversial About The Curt Schilling Tweet.” On the August 25 edition of The Mark Levin Show, Levin said, “There's nothing controversial about the Curt Schilling tweet,” going on to call ESPN “a disgrace” and encourage viewers to protest the network. [Cumulus Media Network, The Mark Levin Show, 8/25/15]
Breitbart's Ben Shapiro Defends Tweet, Condemns ESPN For Suspending Schilling “Without Any Real Rationale.” On August 25, Breitbart's Ben Shapiro condemned the suspension:
The tweet was offensive - to radical Muslims. Factually speaking, there were approximately 6.5 million formal members of the Nazi Party in 1940, out of a total German population of well over 80 million - a little over 8 percent. That number of members did not fully represent the level of support for the Nazi regime in Germany in 1940, of course.
ESPN has no interest in true numbers, because true numbers are awkward. Unsurprisingly, ESPN refused to explain why Schilling's tweet was unacceptable. Is it because radicalized Muslims are somehow better than Germans who weren't formal Nazi Party members? Is it because the genocidal Iranian regime or the barbarians of ISIS are somehow less objectionable than the Nazis themselves?
Fortunately, ESPN doesn't have to argue with Schilling or anyone else. They simply suspended Schilling, without any real rationale (by way of comparison, they did not suspend frequent ESPN guest Kevin Blackistone for calling the “Star-Spangled Banner” a “war anthem” on their airwaves). And the compliant media breath a sigh of relief, having made the world safer for those offended by tweets - and more ignorant of the threat of radical Islam. [Breitbart.com, 8/25/15]
Fox's Todd Starnes: “When Did ESPN Turn Into MSNBC?” Fox News radio host Todd Starnes tweeted, “When did ESPN turn into MSNBC?”:
When did ESPN turn into MSNBC?
-- toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) August 26, 2015
The Blaze's Dana Loesch: No “Factual Dispute” With Schilling's Tweet. In a series of tweets, The Blaze host Dana Loesch asked, “Where is the factual dispute?” and told Schilling to “stop apologizing” for the tweet:
-- Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 25, 2015
@gehrig38 Seriously, stop apologizing. What is the factual dispute?
-- Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 26, 2015
Fox's Steve Doocy Wonders If Schilling's Suspension Constitutes A “Double Standard.” On the August 26 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy asked, “Is there a double standard,” explaining that Cris Carter, another ESPN analyst, was not suspended for encouraging young players to have a “fall guy.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/26/15]
Washington Free Beacon Calls Schilling's Critics The “PC Crowd.” On August 26, The Washington Free Beacon implied that ESPN and Schilling's detractors are the “PC crowd”:
PC Crowd: Curt Schilling Compares Muslim Extremism to Nazi Germany, Gets Thrown from Little League Broadcast http://t.co/79sdCXgMyl
-- Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) August 26, 2015
Media Research Center: “Nothing Factually Inaccurate With The Message Of The Tweet.” Media Research Center's Dylan Gwinn wrote on August 25 that ESPN's reasons for suspending Schilling remain “a mystery”:
Schilling may understand the reasons for his suspension. Yet, they remain a mystery to me. There is nothing factually inaccurate with the message of the tweet. It in no way compares “Muslims” to Nazis. It compares the number of Muslim “extremists” to the number of German extremists, with the point being that whether you accept the math or not, extremists need not have a numerical majority in any one country or religion in order to take control, and create catastrophic results for the rest of the world.
Which, is absolutely true.
But of course, truth is always the first casualty. [Media Research Center, 8/25/15]
Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft Dismisses Concerns Over Tweet Because “Truth Is Offensive.” On August 25, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft dismissed concerns over Schilling's tweet, writing, “Because Truth Is Offensive... ESPN Suspends Curt Schilling After Muslim Tweet.” [Gateway Pundit, 8/25/15]