The sudden fall of talking head Roland Martin from CNN grace was really never all that sudden. Speculation had been mounting for months about the fate of the cable network’s Black Pack of folks like Martin, Soledad O’Brien and Donna Brazille. Jeff Zucker, balded rage, was raising the expectations game and looking to a hard-charging game change for the ratings-starved media Malcolm in the Middle.
Those in the know knew what was on the next. One beleaguered colleague lamented in a text about the lack of black casting, soberly ending the tappy analysis with a curious question about “who else” could CNN get.
Read what else Charles Ellison had to say about this, at Uptown.