How Roland Martin and CNN Got It Wrong

Racialicious Managing Editor Arturo R. García takes Martin to task for his insensitive Twitter remarks during the Super Bowl but raises the specter of a double standard at CNN.

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In a blog entry at Racialicious, Managing Editor Arturo R. García evaluates the Roland Martin Super Bowl Twitter debacle. He takes Martin to task for making the comments in the first place but raises the specter of a double standard at CNN. He says the cable news network apparently failed to judge some of Martin's co-workers as harshly for displaying similar bad judgment.

The only surprise was how long it took CNN to suspend contributor Roland S. Martin after the uproar he instigated during the Super Bowl this past Sunday. What’s not surprising is who hasn’t gotten the same punishment for similar offenses.

Which is not to excuse Martin for any of the poorly thought-out joke he threw out on Twitter during the game about this (NSFWish) underwear ad ...

... In short, it’s not too much to hope that Martin makes some updates to “Roland’s Rules” soon. But it’s also not too much to ask that CNN show some consistency in enforcing its own.

A call to CNN Wednesday seeking content was not returned. Until then, it’s unclear why the network would suspend him and issue a somber press release mentioning “values and culture” while dismissing fellow contributor Dana Loesch’s telling a radio audience she would “drop trou” and urinate on enemy combatants less than a month ago. When Loesch’s remarks became public, all the network saw fit to tell Mediaite was, “CNN contributors are commentators who express a wide range of viewpoints -- on and off of CNN -- that often provoke strong agreement or disagreement. Their viewpoints are their own.” ...

Read Arturo R. García's entire blog entry at Racialicious.

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