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Monday, December 18, 2017

ESPN chief becomes 41st to lose a feud with Trump

Not everyone who feuds with Donald Trump loses his job or reputation.

But enough do that no prudent person would risk the humiliation.



John Skipper, skipper of ESPN, was not prudent.

He did not fire Jemele Hill after she called Trump a white supremacist.

Skipper fired Curt Schilling after he called Obama Hitler.

But not Hill.

From Sporting News on November 14:
ESPN president John Skipper is closing in on a new deal  with Walt Disney Co. that will keep him at the helm of the Worldwide Leader in Sports through 2021, sources tell Sporting News. 
[SNIP] 
Sporting News named Skipper the third-most influential person in sports in 2016, behind only NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. SportsBusiness Journal named Skipper and Disney CEO Robert Iger the second-most powerful executives in sports, behind only Silver and ahead of Goodell.
Wow. Things were going well for him, even though things sucked for the network. From that same report:
Based on its current affiliate fee of $8 per subscriber per month, that means ESPN has lost more than $1 billion in affiliate revenue, according to SportsBusiness Journal. ESPN is expected to lay off another 100 on-air talent, writers and staffers in late November, following layoffs last spring of 100 ESPN personalities such as John Clayton, Britt McHenry and Trent Dilfer and 300 layoffs in 2015.
And while Skipper publicly stated his network was apolitical, Breitbart reported:
According to reports from a private employee meeting held in Los Angeles on October 11, ESPN President John Skipper fired back at those he views as ESPN’s detractors. Specifically, Skipper harshly criticized President Trump, rival media boss Rupert Murdoch, Fox News, and Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage.
Today, Skipper resigned. From USA Today:
In a stunning development, ESPN president John Skipper resigned on Monday from a position he’s held since 2012.
Welcome to the ship of fools who feuded with The Donald, Mister Skipper.

They Fought The Donald, And The Trump Won.

1. Casey Affleck.

February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."

November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."

2. Alec Baldwin.

2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."

2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."

3. LaVar Ball.

November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."

December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."

4. Hillary Clinton:

2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."

2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."

5. George Clooney.

2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."

2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."

6. John Conyers.

2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."

2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."

7. David Corn.

2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."

2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."

8. Bill Cosby.

2011: "During an appearance on the 'Today Show,' Bill Cosby slammed Donald Trump's political aspirations, telling him to 'run or shut up'."

2017: "Bill Cosby trying to take out $30M loan to pay mounting legal bills."

9. Lena Dunham.

2016: "Lena Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump is president."

2017: "Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape."

10. Eminem.

October 2017: "Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines."

November 2017: "Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL."

Bonus: "Rapper Eminem ‘extremely angry’ that Trump didn’t respond to castigating freestyle rap."

11. Al Franken.

2016: "Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump."

2017: "Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations."

12. GQ.

2016: "If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You."

2017: "Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue."

13. Kathy Griffin.

2016: "Kathy Griffin Thinks Comedy Should Go All Out on ‘President Piece of Shit’ Donald Trump."

2017: "CNN fires Kathy Griffin."

143. Alcee Hastings.

2016: "Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump 'pile of excrement'."

2017: "Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings."

15. Stephen Henderson.

2016: "Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry."

2017: "Free Press’ Stephen Henderson terminated for misconduct."

16. Megyn Kelly.

2016: "GOP Debate: Donald Trump's 'Spat' With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism."

2017: "Megyn Kelly drags down 'Today' ratings."

17. Garrison Keillor.

2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn't chant.”

2017: "Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct."

18. Shia LaBeouf.

January 2017: "Shia Labeouf Verbally and Physically Assaults Trump Supporter."

April 2017: "Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office."

19. Ryan Lizza,

2016: "Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser."

2017: "New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'."

20. Louis C.K.

2016: "Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot’."

2017: "FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims."

21. Macy's.

2015: "Macy's Drops Donald Trump's Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks."

2017: "Macy's Announces Store Closings for 2017."

22. Rose McGowan.

2016: "Rose McGowan Blasts Donald Trump, Murdochs, Networks in Open Letter: 'You Are Causing a Worldwide Sickness.'"

2017: "Rose McGowan arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance."

23. Alyssa Milano.

March 2017: "Alyssa Milano on Trump: 'Removing him will be up to' women."

June 2017: "Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees."

24. Democrat Ed Murray.

2016: "Seattle mayor decries Trump, says immigrants welcome."

2017: "Seattle Mayor Resigns After Multiple Sexual Abuse Allegations."

25. Rupert Myers.

January 2017: "British GQ writer: Could Obama ‘murder Trump and Pence’ then pardon himself?"

October 2017: "Male feminist writer fired by GQ Magazine after woman accuses him of sexual assault."

26. NFL.

September 2017: "After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity."

November 2017: "NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline."

27. Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama's successor.

28. Rosie O'Donnell.

1996: "Queen of Nice Can Rosie O'Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?"

2017: "Rosie O’Donnell Admits: ‘I Spend 90% Of My Hours Tweeting Hatred’ At Trump."

29. Tony Podesta.

2010: "Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist."

2017: "Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe."

30. Brett Ratner.

June 2017: "Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump."

November 2017: "Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct."

31. Eric Schmidt.

January 2017: "Google's Eric Schmidt: Trump Administration Will Do Evil Things."

December 2017: "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman."

32. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2016: "Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’"

2017: "He won't be back: Schwarzenegger's Terminator franchise terminated."

2017: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legend of Conan Isn't Happening."

2017: "Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’"

33. Andy Signore.

June 2017: "I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident."

October 2017: "‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior."

34. John Skipper.

October 2017: "Report: ESPN’s John Skipper Attacks President Trump, Fox News, and Clay Travis, in Private Employee Meeting."

December 2017: "John Skipper's resignation caps a tumultuous year at ESPN."

35. Tavis Smiley.

2016: "Tavis Smiley: BFOTs (Black Friends of Trump) Are Normalizing Racism."

2017: "PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley For Allegedly Forcing Women and Men to Have Sex With Him to Keep Their Jobs."

36. Kevin Spacey.

2016: "Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a 'disease' at Cannes."

2017: "Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14."

37. Alwaleed Bin Talal.

2016: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice’."

2017: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown."

38. George Takei.

2016: "George Takei: Trump's Muslim registry is 'prelude to internment'."

2017: "George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations."

39. Teen Vogue.

2016: "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."

2017: "Teen Vogue is going to cease printing."

40. Harvey Weinstein.

2016: "Harvey Weinstein says Trump 'appeals to the worst in us'."

2017: "Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports."

41. Brian Williams.

2012: "Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

2015: "Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor."

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15 comments:

  1. Quite a collection, Don, a rogue's gallery as it were.

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  2. It will be interesting when the nfl goes down the tube. Do you count that as one or 1700?

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    1. Good question, but the choice is not 1,700. If the No Fans Left gaggle falls, then colleges won't have reason to offer schollarshits to guys who can't pass basic classes. Fewer women will be raped there as well. Instead, those kids will have o decide between lawn care, Burger King, or Construction laborer instead of the lottery to become a millionaire THUG.

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  3. He said he had a "substance abuse" problem.

    I expect he'll be rehabbing as Harvey did.

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  4. The late Freddie Mercury comments...
    "Another one bites the dust" or
    "Don't stop me now, I'm havin' a good time, I'm havin' a ball..."

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  5. He was addicted to snorting Social Justice.

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    1. It's a really powerful mind destroyer. Can't say how much mind he had to start with.

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  6. I wouldn't put Bill Cosby on this list. President Trump took his advice and ran .

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  7. Don't forget that woman skier who got hurt after stating she wouldn't represent Trump at Olympics.

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    1. Yep, Lindsey Vonn. Don't forget Carrie Underwood's broken wrist from a stumble 4 days after belittling the President at the CMAs. God was a little merciful on her.

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  8. Google CEO stepped down. Did Trump do that too?

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    1. Nope. Trump doesn't do any of these. They do it to themselves. They obsess about him and take the eye off the ball. I'll add him, thanks

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  9. A good year. A very good year. I look forward to the 2018 list. Merry Christmas!

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    1. You too! A tremendous year. The smell of success is never too sweet! Hahahahaha. Ain't tired of this winning yet.

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  10. my favorite...
    "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

    Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

    Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama's successor.

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