ESPN misleadingly edited a video for its ESPYS presentation in which Will Cain discussed the pay gap for the US women’s national soccer team.
The video was from four years ago when Cain, now a Fox News anchor, was working at ESPN.
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Here is the full context:
Cain hasn’t said much about the video, aside from a simple tweet repurposing the entire video. He doesn’t need to answer either.
The video did not damage Cain’s reputation.
ESPN can’t hurt Cain’s reputation at this time. Hosts the highest-rated weekend show on television, fox and friends weekendwhich averages more viewers in a day (often around 2 million) than ESPN’s top shows (often around 200,000 per day) combined.
Based on the reaction, ESPN was much more humiliated than Cain.
The attempt to generate Is that white conservative trying to diminish women narrative failed.
Still, the decision to edit the clip left us with questions.
An executive made the call to smear Cain? Or some low-level producer who doesn’t like Cain because of his conservative values made the decision to edit the clip?
Does ESPN regret deceptively editing a clip from its own network?
Unfortunately, we can only assume.
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OutKick emailed ESPN Vice President of Communications Josh Krulewitz with the following questions on Thursday:
I would like to submit a query regarding ESPYs who took a video of Will Cain out of context to make him look bad.
Does ESPN stand by its decision to edit the video?
Who approved the clip?
What level of management approved the idea of editing the clip that way?
Does ESPN feel it should issue a statement correcting the record?
Krulewitz and ESPN did not respond. They also did not respond to a Fox News inquiry. ESPN has no comment on dishonestly trying to brand a former employee as sexist.
We would argue that such a decision could cost ESPN its journalistic integrity. But backing JA Adande’s report that GOP election laws are tougher than genocide in China, and the shilling for trans athletes infringing on women’s sports already did.
Also, if you think this was bad, just wait and see what ESPN tries to do with Sage Steele when he gets released.
By the way, equal pay in sport is a ridiculous concept. Will Cain is right.
Athletes must earn a percentage of the revenue their league/organization generates. Women’s sports are less popular than men’s, so female players should earn less money.
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As Will Cain said in the clip, the actual clip, not the deceptively edited clip:
«The women were paid from a $30 million Women’s World Cup pool. The men would draw money from a $400 million pool. Why is that? It’s because the Men’s World Cup generates $6 billion in revenue The Women’s World Cup generates $131 million in revenue. If you want to talk about pay disparity, the Women’s World Cup players are paid 20% of total revenue. Men are paid 7%. As percentage point, they’re getting a lot more.
Not all truths are popular. But nonetheless, they remain the truths.