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ESPN pulls announcer from Virginia football game because he has a Confederate general’s name

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An ESPN announcer with the same name as Confederate General Robert E. Lee has been removed from an upcoming broadcast of a University of Virginia football game in the aftermath of the deadly violence in the college town over a Lee statue, according to the cable sports channel.

White nationalists rallied earlier this month against a proposal to take down a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, and clashed with counterprotesters. One woman was killed after a man crashed his car into a crowd of anti-racism counterprotesters.

The decision to remove announcer Robert Lee, which sparked anger on social media, was made for safety reasons, ESPN spokeswoman Keri Potts said. Sports media website Outkick the Coverage broke the story on Tuesday that Lee was pulled from the Sept. 2 game to avoid offending viewers.

“When the protests in Charlottesville were happening, we raised with him the notion of switching games,” ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca said. “We didn’t make him. We asked him. Eventually we mutually agreed to switch.”

Attempts to reach Lee for comment were unsuccessful.

The network originally planned for Lee to work during the University of Virginia’s game against the College of William & Mary.

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A growing number of U.S. political leaders have called for the removal of statues honoring the Confederacy. Civil rights activists charge the statues promote racism while advocates contend they are a reminder of their heritage.

“This wasn’t about offending anyone,” ESPN said. “It was about the reasonable possibility that because of his name he would be subjected to memes and jokes and who knows what else.”

ESPN rescheduled Lee to work during Youngstown State’s game at the University of Pittsburgh on the same date, Potts said.

#RobertLee was the second top-trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday as social media users expressed anger over ESPN’s decision to remove him.

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“Robert Lee announcing the UVA game in the wake of #Charlottesville could have been the ‘Eff you, Nazis’ we needed right now. #espn,” wrote user Akilah Green on Twitter.

Lee has worked part-time as a play-by-play college sportscaster for the ESPNU and ESPN3 channels since September 2016, according to his LinkedIn page.

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’

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Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.

In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Trump star vandal arrested for Marilyn statue theft in Hollywood

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A man convicted of vandalizing President Donald Trump's sidewalk star in Hollywood last summer has been arrested for stealing a statue of Marilyn Monroe from a nearby monument.

Austin Clay, 25, was identified by police from video surveillance footage.

Having discovered that he was on parole after a conviction for damaging Trump's star on the famous Hollywood "Walk of Fame," investigators searched his home Friday.

According to local media reports, they found evidence linking him to the theft of the statue.

The statue itself -- showing Monroe in her famous flying skirt pose from "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) -- has not been found.

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How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump

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There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.

When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.

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