Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Quick Hits: Volume CXX

- ESPN carnival barker sports personality Chris Berman has been a fixture at the network pretty much since it's inception in 1979. Truth be told, I literally turn the volume all the way down or switch channels altogether when he emerges on my TV screen. His shtick containing a hyper, bombastic delivery became passe 20 years ago.

Apparently Berman must still bring in some decent ratings, otherwise ESPN would have fired him as opposed to settling a sexual harassment suit brought against him.

A former ESPN makeup artist recently settled a sexual harassment claim against ESPN, and the focus of her claim was NFL host Chris Berman, multiple people tell The Big Lead.

The former ESPN makeup artist, Sue Baumann, was represented by the office of high profile lawyer Gloria Allred. A person familiar with the matter told The Big Lead that there were allegations against Berman – including comments he allegedly made in the makeup room and text messages going back a few years – and ESPN decided to settle. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the claims.

Can't ya just hear it? Upon walking away from Berman after applying his makeup, Baumann hears him say "Baby, you got BACK, BACK, BACK, BACK, BACK!!!!"

- Does anyone else find it somewhat ironic that the majority of University of Missouri students who demanded that former president Tim Wolfe acknowledge his "white privilege" will likely be casting votes for Hillary Clinton next year?

- I don't have a lot to say about Tuesday's GOP presidential debate since I've only seen highlights.

But based on the reaction via social media, I've ascertained the following:

Big Winners: Marco Rubio, Ted CruzVoters who care about substantive issues.

Big Losers: John KasichThe mainstream media (particularly CNBC).


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