Conservatives see double-standard on Roseanne, cite Olbermann, Joy Reid

Conservatives on Twitter lashed out following the swift cancellation of Roseanne Barr's hit ABC program after here racist tweet, citing a double-standard in entertainment for those who are conservative or support President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE.

The right-leaning critics took particular aim at ESPN’s decision to hire Keith Olbermann and MSNBC’s continued employment of Joy Reid. Both have made provocative comments in the past.

ABC canceled Barr’s show after she wrote a tweet that referred to former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the “The Planet of the Apes” and “the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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Olbermann was recently hired by ESPN for the sixth time, signing a new deal earlier this month with the Disney-owned network, which also owns ABC.

Some conservatives on Twitter quickly pointed to Olbermann calling President Trump a Nazi on multiple occasions on social media.

 

 

 

 

Reid, the host of “AM Joy” on MSNBC, has been at the center of her own controversy after several tweets were unearthed last month that included homophobic comments made on a decade-old blog post.

Reid claimed that the blog was hacked and said the comments, which include expressions of disgust toward men kissing, were fabricated.

Several outlets, most notably the Daily Beast, an online publication that periodically published columns by Reid, could not find any evidence to back Reid’s hacking claim after assigning its own reporters to investigate. The Internet Archive also said on April 24 that it could find no evidence to back up her claim of hacking.

Reid was a co-host of an MSNBC special, “Everyday Racism in America,” on Tuesday night, which sparked the ire of some conservatives on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some conservatives, including Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, however, condemned Barr's remarks on Twitter on Tuesday without evoking an argument around double standards.

 

“It is an outrageous comment,” Hannity said on his nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday. “She was right to apologize.”

“I think with social media a lot of people just send things out,” he continued. “Especially comedians are always in danger because they just think they’re being funny and they’re not.”