Fox Cuts Jemele Hill Interview After She’s Asked About Trump’s White Supremacy
Fox News has long been accused of amplifying the voices of conservatives while suppressing the opinions of liberals. Earlier this month, Fox boss, Rupert Murdoch, was accused of killing the Stormy Daniels story to protect Trump’s election chances.
The accusations of censorship are now being extended to other channels within the Fox brand. During a Tuesday interview with ESPN’s, Jemele Hill, Fox 5 Atlanta cut to commercial while Hill answered a question about the president.
The incident occurred during the Wendy Williams show. Williams asked her guest if she felt that Donald Trump was a white supremacist. Hill began, “Honestly, I thought I was saying, basically that this couch was purple, right? I thought it was something that was obvious, especially after Charlottesville, I was very disappointed, like a lot of people that the president…”
The remainder of Hill’s answer was cut off as the channel moved to a commercial. The ads lasted for about 90 seconds and when the show came back, they had already moved to another topic. The segment ran in full in cities other than Atlanta.
With Hill as a guest, the network was likely prepared for questions about Trump. In September of 2017, Hill tweeted, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
A furious Donald Trump demanded an apology for the comments. While Hill did apologize for commenting as an ESPN employee, she did not apologize for the content of her statement.
For their part, Fox is denying that they intentionally censored the broadcast. A spokesperson told Jezebel’s, Rich Juzwiak, “This morning, during a live broadcast of The Wendy Williams Show, FOX 5 experienced technical difficulties which triggered an interruption of the program. The issue has been addressed and resolved. The program will be rebroadcast tomorrow morning from 3am-4am.”
You can watch the interview in full here: