- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2015

Sarah Palin ripped ESPN as “a journalistic embarrassment,” following the network’s suspension of baseball analyst Curt Schilling for a tweet that compared radical Muslims to Nazis.

“ESPN — what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!” the former Alaska governor wrote in a Facebook post Thursday night. “By picking and choosing who they’ll tolerate and who they’ll try to destroy, ESPN has zero credibility as a sound and reasonable media outlet.”

Her comments come after ESPN suspended Mr. Schilling for what it called a “completely unacceptable” tweet, which contained a meme that read: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”

Mrs. Palin argued that Mr. Schilling’s tweet was accurate, and actually “too generous in estimating Muslims’ attitudes.”

“Reports show it’s 88% of Egyptian Muslims favoring DEATH for anyone who leaves Islam. The majority of Muslims in many other places share the sentiment. In America, these views could be correctly described as ‘extreme,’” she wrote. “The difference between Hitler’s army and the genocidal maniacs of ISIS is that the jihadists don’t have as much power … yet.

“By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism,” she continued. “It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.”

Mrs. Palin also argued that ESPN is being hypocritical for suspending Mr. Schilling over a tweet, when “there’s been crude, rude bile spewing from the once-great sports network for years now.”

“Trust me. I know. My name and reputation’s been in it,” she said.

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