It Pains Fox & Friends to Admit That It Got Something Very Wrong About Jemele Hill

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This morning on [Are You There Trump? It’s Us,] Fox & Friends, the three idiot hosts dedicated a segment of their show to discuss the National Association of Black Journalists naming ESPN senior correspondent Jemele Hill “Journalist of the Year.” As a successful black woman and a vocal critic of President Trump, Hill is the perfect Fox & Friends villain, but in classic F&F fashion, they failed so spectacularly in their attempt to take her down a notch that they had to issue a correction.


The show invited black conservative commentator Lawrence Jones III (because that’s what they do when they want to take down a black person but don’t want to seem racist, even though it’s still racist). Jones, as they say, went off, and attempted to capitalize on stereotypes to drag Hill:

The bottom line is she’s unemployed from hosting her own TV show. This is not something we should be promoting....Now she’s unemployed. National Black Association of Journalism [sic] is literally saying we’re going to applaud unemployment and that’s not something I stand for.

I thought we believed in black magic of black business owners. How can she donate to those young black folks if she no longer has a platform? If I want, if I had a little girl, to say, hey, if she wanted to go in sports, she could look up to Jemele. Well, there is no Jemele anymore.

As so many people pointed out, Jemele Hill is not unemployed. There is very much still a Jemele! She is extremely employed! Hill was suspended for two weeks by ESPN following her correct assessment of Donald Trump as a symbol of white supremacy’s hold on America—and the White House wanted her to be fired. She’s no longer hosting SportsCenter, but she remains gainfully employed by ESPN as a senior correspondent and columnist at The Undefeated. She has also guest hosted ESPN’s Highly Questionable and appeared on SportsNation. She has a job. I think it should be pointed out that the phrase “unemployed from hosting her own TV show” is confounding and clearly shows Jones was dying to use “unemployed” to describe Hill.

Fox & Friends finally issued a correction regarding Hill without an apology. The correction put the blame squarely on Jones even though the hosts didn’t correct him, and the show took down its tweet with footage from the segment. Not that any of that will matter to the Fox & Friends audience, of course.

Isha is a staff reporter who covers pop culture, representation in media, and your new faves.