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By Dr. Michael Brown, a Senior Contributor, The Stream, May 29, 2018

Michael BrownDid you see the latest headlines? ESPN, owned by the Disney Company, has fired Keith Olbermann for sending out an extremely ugly tweet attacking President Trump. Yet in a brazen display of hypocrisy, Disney-ABC has hired Roseanne Barr after she sent out a bigoted, racist tweet against a former adviser to President Obama. Or did I get that wrong?

Yes, I got that quite wrong. But I think you get the point. And the double standard is glaring.

But what else is new? Bigotry against the left is indefensible. “You’re fired!” Bigotry against the right is justifiable. “You’re hired!” One is condemned. The other is commended.

Keith Olbermann

It was no surprise, then, that ESPN recently rehired the radically-left leaning Olbermann, despite his extreme anti-Trump rhetoric and his history of conservative-bashing.

As noted by Brian Flood, “Olbermann has been among the most outspoken critics of the president in the entire media industry, even moving out of his luxury New York City apartment building because it was owned by Trump. He once claimed that Trump and his family have done more damage to the U.S. than Usama bin Laden. ESPN’s newest star was widely criticized when his anti-Trump book featured a cover image of himself draped in the American flag, which is visibly touching the ground – a violation of U.S. flag code.”

Despite this (or, because of this?) ESPN, owned by Disney, rehired Olbermann, now for his sixth stint with the network. This is inexcusable and unjustifiable.

The Hypocrisy

Yet this very same Disney just fired Roseanne Barr for her own inexcusable, bigoted tweet in which she said of former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, “the Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby.”

Despite the wildly popular nature of her new show and despite her apology, the show was quickly cancelled. (In her apology she wrote, “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”)

In the words of ABC, her comments were “abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values.” And how would ABC-Disney describe Olbermann’s remarks?

Remember: These are remarks for which he has made no apology. To the contrary, he even turned his hellaciously horrible tweet into his book, titled, Trump Is F—ing Crazy (This Is No Joke).

Is it wrong for me to wonder if ABC would have fired Roseanne if her tweet was directed at Trump? Or Sarah Sanders? (Obviously, I don’t mean the same words. I mean the same ugly spirit.)

Adding to the hypocrisy, in 2016, ESPN fired baseball legend (and conservative) Curt Schilling for posting a controversial meme which objected to a very male-looking transgender “woman” using the ladies’ bathroom. (SI.com noted that, “Schilling had previously been suspended by ESPN for sharing a post that compared Muslim extremists to Nazis,” a position that many rationally-minded people would affirm.)

The lesson in all this is clear. As we have known for years, the left’s “tolerance” is a one-way street. “We come against you, even in the harshest imaginable terms, and we’re social justice warriors fighting for equality, standing against evil. You come against us, even in more mild terms, and you’re bigots and racists, just plain evil.”

In the case at hand, I have no problem with Roseanne being fired, unless she demonstrated such a deep and clear repentance that it brought a redemptive ending to the story. Anything less than that and she obviously had to go.

My issue is with the double standards. They need to be confronted and exposed until they change. (And yes, while we’re confronting and exposing the double standards of the left, let’s be sure to check the consistency of our own standards. Of course!)


Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is a Senior Contributor to The Stream, and the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

He became a believer in Jesus 1971 as a sixteen year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer. Since then, he has preached throughout America and around the world, bringing a message of repentance, revival, reformation and cultural revolution. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Denver Theological Seminary, the King’s Seminary and Regent University School of Divinity, and he has contributed numerous articles to scholarly publications, including the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.

Dr. Brown is the author of more than 25 books, including Our Hands Are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People, which has been translated into more than twelve languages, the highly acclaimed five-volume series, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, a commentary on Jeremiah (part of the revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary), and several books on revival and the Jesus revolution. His newest books are Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide (2015), The Grace Controversy: Answering 12 Common Questions about Grace (2016) and Breaking the Stronghold of Food (2017).

Dr. Brown is a national and international speaker on themes of spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, and he has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors, and gay activists on radio, TV and college campuses. He is widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist. He and his wife Nancy, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus, have been married since 1976. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.