Sage Steele Says ESPN Bosses Made Her Follow ‘Every Word’ Of Carefully Planned Q&A With Biden

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by Zach Jewell, Daily Wire:

Former ESPN anchor Sage Steele opened up about an interview she conducted with President Joe Biden while working for the network in 2021, telling Fox News that her bosses made sure she would follow “every word” of the script during her exchange with the commander-in-chief.

Steele, who left ESPN after criticizing its COVID vaccine mandate, said her headline-making interview with Biden in March 2021 was carefully planned out by the network’s executives, and she was told “not to deviate” from the written questions. The interview focused on sports returning to normalcy following months of COVID lockdowns, along with athletes and fans being hesitant to get the COVID shot, Fox News reported. Biden repeatedly admonished Americans to “follow the science” and get vaccinated during the interview.

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“That was an interesting experience in its own right because it was so structured,” Steele said. “And I was told, ‘You will say every word that we write out, you will not deviate from the script and go.’”

“Every single question was scripted, gone over dozens of times by many editors and executives. Absolutely. I was on script and was told not to deviate,” Steele added. “It was very much ‘This is what you will ask. This is how you will say it. No follow-ups, no follow-ups. Next.’ … This went up to the fourth floor, as we said, where all the bosses, the top executives, the decision makers are, the president of our company, the CEO, where they all worked.”

The interview made headlines when Biden came out in support of the MLB All-Star Game boycott of Atlanta after Republicans in Georgia passed a voter ID law. The president claimed the Georgia law “is Jim Crow on steroids” and “is all about keeping working folks and ordinary folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.” Despite Biden and other Democrats slamming the new voter law, early voting in 2022 in the state was at a record high, and Georgia voter turnout was the largest in the South during the midterms.

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