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Palin defends Schilling, blasts ESPN

Sarah Palin sprang to Curt Schilling’s defense on Facebook early Friday.
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Sarah Palin sprang to Curt Schilling’s defense on Facebook early Friday.

WASHINGTON — When a possible Hall of Famer tweets about Nazis and ends up in the doghouse with ESPN, he should take heart: Sarah Palin has his back.

In a tweet deleted earlier this week, Boston Red Sox World Series hero Curt Schilling compared extremist Muslims to Nazis.

When pitchers-turned-ESPN-analysts wax poetic about Nazis on social media, it often doesn’t end well. Schilling was suspended for the remark.

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But, apropos of nothing and at least one news cycle too late, Palin sprang to Schilling’s defense early Friday.

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“ESPN IS A JOURNALISTIC EMBARRASSMENT,” Palin wrote on Facebook. “ESPN — what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!”

But in a lengthy post, Palin recounted the details of Schilling’s suspension, then she said she wanted to make two points.

“One — there’s been crude, rude bile spewing from the once-great sports network for years now,” she wrote. “Trust me. I know. My name and reputation’s been in it.”

Then, the former Alaska governor turned to the matter at hand. Palin said by disaffiliating itself, albeit temporarily, with Schilling, ESPN had affiliated itself with the Islamic State. “By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism,” she wrote.

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Her advice: “Stick to sports.”