Should Sports Media Members Discuss Politics Publicly?

NBC Sports reporter Michele Tafoya is an anomaly among high-profile sports TV people—her social media feeds are very politically oriented. Tafoya has been openly critical of Hillary Clinton and GOP debate moderators. She discusses many other politically related topics on Twitter. She classifies herself publicly as a “a pro-choice conservative.”

In an interview last December with SI.com, Tafoya said NBC Sports was fine with her political advocacy but they did ask her to remove the NBC Sports part from her handle. Tafoya asked her NBC Sports bosses for permission to speak publicly on behalf of certain candidates she favors, as well as to serve on committees promoting certain candidates. It’s a professional back and forth that seems to be an example for others in the media.

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