A recently released internal memo from ESPN is raising eyebrows among sports fans across the country; revealing the network “forbids” discussion of Chinese politics after Beijing’s latest bout with a General Manager from the NBA.
“Chuck Salituro, the senior news director of ESPN, sent a memo to shows mandating that any discussion of the Daryl Morey story avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong, and instead focus on the related basketball issues. The memo, obtained by Deadspin, explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong. Multiple ESPN sources confirmed to Deadspin that network higher-ups were keeping a close eye on how the topic was discussed on ESPN’s airwaves,” reports Deadspin.
ESPN is set to broadcast from China this week. The woke league with the woke broadcasting network. All shilling for Chinese communists. Y’all think they’ll say anything at all? Ha ha. The hypocrisy is crazy. When the NBA pulled out of Charlotte ESPN praised them to high heavens. pic.twitter.com/Y3ZySBJc7c
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 7, 2019
— Isaac Stone Fish (@isaacstonefish) October 8, 2019
The controversy began when the General Manager of the Houston Rockets posted -then deleted- a pro-democracy tweet in support of Hong Kong demonstrators.
The Chinese government immediately canceled a series of NBA broadcasts; calling the comments a threat to their “sovereignty.”
“Any summary of the tensions between China and Hong Kong is going to be necessarily reductive, but a summary of what’s actually going on at least provides basic context for the rest of the discussion. The idea that Chinese politics are simply too complex to talk about on sports TV just isn’t convincing,” adds Deadspin.
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BEIJING BACKS OFF: Hong Kong Leader Officially Withdraws Controversial ‘Extradition’ Bill
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam officially withdrew a controversial extradition bill that would allow Beijing to extradite the region’s residents to the Chinese capital to stand trial; ending months of protests from pro-democracy demonstrators.
“The bill allowing Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials sparked massive protests that have rocked the city since June. Lam had suspended the bill, but protesters wanted it entirely withdrawn,” reports Fox News.
“For more than two months, protests arising from the Fugitive Offenders Bill have continued,” Lam said in a prerecorded message Wednesday.
“There have been chaotic scenes at the airport and MTR stations; roads and tunnels have been suddenly blocked, causing delay and inconvenience to daily life,” Lam continued. “Visitors wonder whether our city is still a safe place for travel or business. Families and friends have been under stress, and arguments have flared.”
“For many people, Hong Kong has become an unfamiliar place. Incidents over these past two months have shocked and saddened Hong Kong people. We are all very anxious about Hong Kong, our home. We all hope to find a way out of the current impasse and unsettling times,” she added.
Read the full report at Fox News.
Original Story: August 14, 2019
Flights were once-again flying in and out of Hong Kong International Airport Wednesday just hours after violent clashes between riot police and pro-democracy protesters shut-down one of the world’ busiest transportation hubs.
“Although the airport was open, authorities limited access to the main terminal to employees and ticketed passengers only. A few dozen demonstrators remained camped inside the arrivals terminal but the scene was quiet and calm compared to the previous night,” reports ABC News.
“The Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, was forced to suspend check-in services and cancel hundreds of flights on Monday and Tuesday, as thousands of protesters stormed the terminals and clashed with riot police,” adds the site.
Chinese authorities reportedly moved troops and military equipment to their border with Hong Kong Tuesday; raising new questions over safety and security throughout the region after weeks of pro-Democracy protests.
“Paramilitary police were assembling across the border in the city of Shenzhen for exercises in what some saw as a threat to increase force brought against the mostly young protesters who have turned out in their thousands over the past 10 weeks,” reports CBS News.
China's state media has released footage showing increased military buildup in Shenzhen, on the border with Hong Kong.
They say that this is a routine drill, though critics fear that this is a message to Hong Kong protesters. pic.twitter.com/4ZsjRdBDLd
— DW News (@dwnews) August 13, 2019
“The demonstrators have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Lam’s administration to respond to their demands, including that she step down and entirely scrap legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to mainland China to face torture and unfair or politically charged trials,” adds the website.
HONG KONG CHAOS: Police Shoot into Crowd of Pro-Democracy Protesters with Live Ammunition
Hong Kong riot police fired a live-round of ammunition into a crowd of pro-Democracy protesters Tuesday as Beijing prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their communist revolution.
“Hong Kong police shot a teenage protester at close range in the chest Tuesday, leaving him bleeding and howling on the ground, in a fearsome escalation of anti-government demonstrations that spread across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Tens of thousands marched in a day of rage as Communist leaders in Beijing celebrated 70 years in power,” reports the Associated Press.
“While officers have previously fired warning shots in the air on multiple occasions during months of protests in Hong Kong, this was the first time a protester is known to have been shot. There were other instances Tuesday when officers also drew their weapons, including two with bloodied faces who pointed pistols, as protesters and riot police fought fierce battles at multiple locations in the city on edge, with many determined to spoil the Oct. 1 anniversary of Communist rule,” adds the AP.
“They are squeezing our necks so we don’t breathe the air of freedom,” said one protester.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.