- Fox & Friends
- “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday discussed ESPN’s Jemele Hill being named “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists on Tuesday.
- Throughout the segment, guest Lawrence Jones repeatedly referred to Hill, who is still employed by ESPN, as “unemployed.”
- Hill responded to the matter with laughs on Twitter.
“Fox & Friends” on Tuesday devoted a segment to discussing ESPN’s Jemele Hill being named “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists, with hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt speaking with guest Lawrence Jones for his response to Hill’s award.
Jones is the editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, a conservative website that tracks perceived liberal bias and restrictions of free speech at colleges across the country.
Throughout the segment, Jones repeatedly – and incorrectly – referred to Hill, who still works at ESPN, as “unemployed.”
“The bottom line is she’s unemployed from hosting her own TV show,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, I want people that looked like me, people that looked up to her, to have someone on TV that is going to forever show them that they can do it. Now she can’t do it, now she’s unemployed.”
Hill was thrust into the national spotlight for a tweet she sent last year that labeled President Donald Trump as a white supremacist. A cycle of outrage ensued, with even the White House directly chiming in. Hill was ultimately suspended – but not fired – for breaking ESPN’s social media policy.
While Hill is no longer hosting the 6 p.m. slot at ESPN, she is still employed by the network as a journalist.
“The National Association of Black Journalists is literally saying that we’re going to applaud unemployment,” Jones said. “And that’s not something I stand for.”
Host Steve Doocy also lamented the state of journalism at large.
“When I was in journalism school it was all about just the facts,” he said. “But now apparently journalism looks a lot like activism and sometimes you watch the briefing at the White House, there’s a lot of activists in there.”
You can watch the segment below.
— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) May 22, 2018
Hill got a good laugh out of the whole situation, responding to the segment on Twitter.
“(NABJ) is celebrating unemployment.” ????????????????????????????
I’m not unemployed, people. I left ONE show. But thank you guys for giving me my laugh of the day. I needed this. https://t.co/ux1xh15NEx
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 22, 2018
“Fox & Friends” would put out a correction on Twitter after the show.
On the show this morning a guest stated Jemele Hill was unemployed. Correction: Hill is currently employed by ESPN.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 22, 2018