Former ESPN commentator Britt McHenry is on a roll. A few weeks ago she spoke on the dust up between ESPN commentator Jemele Hill and President Trump. Hill called Trump a white supremacist on Twitter and the White House called for her firing. It seemed like McHenry broke a code amongst colleagues (or former colleagues) when she appeared to have sided with Trump. Last week she called Colin Kaepernick’s Citizen of the Year Award from GQ “a joke.” She went on an epic rant of how Kaepernick was unemployed, he took a knee, he wore Castro socks … a bunch of innocuous facts leading to nowhere. Now she’s complaining that despite “giving free” to UCLA basketball players in China, Trump has not garnered the same amount of attention Obama would have:
Anyone going to give @realDonaldTrump credit for getting the Chinese President to send UCLA boys home, just one week after shoplifting? If this was Obama, praise would be all over the news.
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) November 14, 2017
Apparently the players robbed three different stores while on a trip with the UCLA team in China. What these guys were thinking is anyone’s guess. They probably did not even need the stuff they stole. Liangelo Ball, in particular, has a brother (Lonzo BAll) in the NBA and a father (Lavar Ball) with a reality TV show on Facebook. The players thanked Trump for negotiating with China’s president to let them go, but that wasn’t enough for McHenry. She does state a fact though – stating facts about nothing appears to be McHenry’s specialty.
Is McHenry’s Rant Much Ado About Nothing?
McHenry does speak facts – stating facts about nothing appears to be McHenry’s specialty. Had Obama gotten these kids released black America would have lost its ever loving mind. Every black media personality would have praised Obama’s humanitarianism and his expertise in foreign policy. ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who has appeared in several pictures with the former president – would have had a one hour special describing the rescue. When Jimmy Carter tried to free American hostages in Iran in the late ’70s the helicopters got stuck in a sand storm. If Obama had been president he would have personally rescued the hostages himself.
McHenry has to keep in mind that black media personalities do not sing Obama’s praises because it’s true. They do it for a living. First of all, they know black Americans want to hear positive thing about Obama. It’s good for ratings. The higher the ratings the more money you make. That’s why its called “fake news.” Secondly, doing free publicity for Obama on the front end can potentially get you paid on the back end. Obama could decide to give a black journalist an exclusive interview, like the one he gave Ta-nehisi Coates in 2016. Coates had been singing Obama’s praises for eight years – facts be damned – and an exclusive was the pay off.
You could also get invited to the White House (Hill has been to the White House 89 times already) and get to moderate a Obama’s town hall meeting like Hill did in 2016. These people are on Obama’s payroll and thus, get paid to sing his praises like any other PR maven or director of communications. The networks were even hip to this. There were several black faces on major news networks singing Obama’s praises when he was on office. Now that he’s gone, the black faces have also disappeared. These people were good for TV ratings, but what they presented wasn’t necessarily news.
No, Trump will never get the praise or PR Obama got, nor should he. Trump’s victory helped expose the media for what it was – fake news and PR. That said, in constantly praising Trump is Ms. McHenry presenting news or is she simply stunting for the ‘gram. There is no way anyone could possibly like Trump, the National Anthem, or the police who shoot unarmed black men as much as she does. In its constant of Obama – facts be damned – the black media was campaigning for website hits, eyeballs, exclusive interviews and invites to the White House. It begs the question, “What is McHenry campaigning for?”:
Britt sure has gotten opinionated all of sudden. The Shock Exchange saw her on a telecast a few weeks ago discussing Jemele Hill’s comments about President Trump. Other commenters kept their remarks specific to the profession of journalism while Britt came across as a conservative commentator. Pursuant to Kaepernick she takes a pro-police, pro-Anthem stance without even acknowledging Kaepernick’s rationale for kneeling. It’s almost as if she is campaigning for a high ranking position within the Republican party or for a gig as a political pundit. What her qualifications are beyond being blonde and on television are still unclear, however.
Trump’s presidential victory was as much a protest vote against “fake news” as it was against the crony capitalism of the Obama administration. The public needs real news, and it sure can’t get it from Britt McHenry.
On Trump And The Global Economy
The second installment of Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead.
The event was well-received by the community. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership vis-a-vis Obama? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?