Breitbart: ESPN employees met for a company-wide meeting Wednesday, at the network’s Bristol, Connecticut, headquarters.
One of the primary purposes of the meeting, was to remind employees of the rules against overtly biased social media posts.
More than 450 employees attended the mandatory meeting, according to reports.
As the meeting began, network President John Skipper told the assembled employees, “At the end of this meeting I want you to be confident about the future of ESPN.”
Skipper added, “I want to lead an ESPN that strives purposely and confidently into a new world which is not scary but exciting.”
While the meeting also informed employees about the company’s strategies for the years ahead, especially where it concerns its many broadcast rights negotiations, a featured purpose for the gathering was to urge employees to stop posting politically charged entries on social media.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Merida of The Undefeated came to the stage to review the network’s social media policy and reiterated that on-air personalities should steer clear of politics.
“ESPN is a journalistic organization – not a political organization. We should do nothing to undermine that position,” Merida said. “ESPN’s focus is sports. By-and-large we are not experts on politics, healthcare policies, terrorism, commerce – that’s not what we do.
“Our audience is not looking for our opinions on the general news of the day,” Merida added. “And believe me, I get it. It can sometimes be difficult to control impulses or ignore trolls, but that’s what we’re called to do for each other.” read more