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Controlling The Narrative: Former ESPN Host Says Liberal Network Scripted ‘Every Single Question’ In Her Joe Biden Interview

‘I was on script and was told not to deviate,’ former ‘SportsCenter’ host Sage Steele told Fox News Digital

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(Fox News) Former ESPN host Sage Steele revealed that her 2021 interview with President Biden was “scripted” by network executives.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Steele recalled the “structured” nature of the pre-taped interview, so much so that her ESPN bosses handed her a “script” to go off of.


“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.’”

Many of the questions Steele asked Biden in the March 2021 interview pertained to sports leagues attempting to restore normalcy during the COVID pandemic and vaccine hesitancy among athletes and fans. Her interview made headlines at the time when Biden supported the MLB’s All-Star game boycott of Atlanta following the passage of Georgia’s election reform law.


Sage Steele interviews President Biden
Former ESPN host Sage Steele says her network bosses forced her to go off their “script” ahead of her 2021 interview with President Biden. (Screenshot/ESPN)

But everything Steele said to the president ultimately came from ESPN’s c-suite.

“To the word. 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 told Fox News Digital. “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.”

Steele said she didn’t know for certain whether ESPN sent the questions to the White House in advance of the interview but seemed confident that is “what happened.”

ESPN declined to comment.

Sage Steele
Sage Steele hosts “The Sage Steele Show” with Bill Maher’s newly-launched Club Random Studios. (Courtesy of Club Random Studios)

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