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Why Did Those Racist Crackers at CNN Keep Roland Martin From Being a Star?

Posted on | March 30, 2013 | 18 Comments

Just by way of historical context, let’s remember that CNN was a trailblazer in this regard, making Bernard Shaw their primetime news anchor back in 1980. Keep that in mind in appraising the sour grapes rationalization by axed commentator Roland Martin:

Roland Martin on Thursday blamed racism for his inability to get his own show  at CNN.
“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored  with the idea of having strong, confident minorities, who say, ‘You know, I can  do this,'” he told HuffPostLive.
“I am simply saying ‘give folks a shot,’” he added. “We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to get from here to there.”

(Hat-tip: Memeorandum.)

Update (Smitty): welcome, Instapundit readers!


18 Responses to “Why Did Those Racist Crackers at CNN Keep Roland Martin From Being a Star?”

  1. bonzaiblog
    March 30th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Even if it’s true, which i’m almost 340% positive it’s not, it’s classless to say it

  2. CitizenEgg
    March 30th, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    This is the progressive entitlement complex in action. Now the participation ribbon isn’t enough and he wants to be awarded 1st place based on his delusion of merit. When you fail to recognize his ‘talent’, you’re obviously being racially motivated because…shut up racist!

  3. Mike G.
    March 30th, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Lets call the Whaaambulance for him. If he had the merit, he would have got the job. Since he didn’t, that means we’re all raaaaacist.

  4. JOEROWE409
    March 30th, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    @smitty_one_each: Why Did Those Racist Crackers at CNN Keep Roland Martin From Being a Star? Roland took care of it …. all by himself!

  5. Rosalie
    March 30th, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    It seems to me that he was given a shot. Now, they’re going to give someone else that shot that he thinks “folks” should get.

  6. Esau's Message
    March 30th, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Here’s the problem for poor Roland and his departed colleague, Soledad. They have narrowly built their entire news and opinion careers on racial issues. Indeed, they look for the especially piquant racial aspect of every issue and regularly find one. Unfortunately, they never move beyond that view to some broader, more generally appealing perspective. They’ve pigeon-holed themselves. Now, why should the nets feel comfortable giving them a shot at the big piece, the larger salary, the broader audience?

  7. Matt Ross
    March 30th, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Matt Ross liked this on Facebook.

  8. DaveO
    March 30th, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    Why didn’t more minorities tune in to his show? Buy the products advertised? I guess Soledad and Martin didn’t learn the First Law of Progressivism: Never get between a liberal and his/her money.

  9. jsn2
    March 30th, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Dear Roland,

    You’re to short and fat for basketball. Your natural tendency to suck prevents a career on the sax. A lack of talent and charisma doomed your dream of becoming the male version of Oprah at CNN. With your TV experience and contacts maybe you could host your own bass fishing show kinda like the white Roland Martin except you could specialize in black bass or somethin. If those Duck Dynasty boys can be TV stars there’s no reason an angry fat black guy like you shouldn’t, right?

    Good luck in your future endeavors.

  10. Bob Belvedere
    March 30th, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    Bernard Shaw for all his negatives never did as they did.

  11. Bob Belvedere
    March 30th, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Come on, Mike! Get with the MiniTruth: we all are raaaaacissts.

  12. Bacadog
    March 30th, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Or, it could bu you just suck, Roland.

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  14. Turning Leaves
    March 30th, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    He headlined for five years prime-time on NBC with his comedy schtick, what more does he want?

  15. RichFader
    March 30th, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Dude, you look like a frog. That, and equally if not more so, the fact that you’re really not that original or sparkling a commentator, is why they’re cutting you loose, not because you’re black.

  16. Marty McKeever
    March 30th, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    Nobody wants to watch a fishing show.

  17. Esau's Message
    March 31st, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Absolutely correct. He aimed to be the equal of any other straight news host, regardless of race. Same is true of Lester Holt.

  18. arrow2010
    April 1st, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    He destroyed Michael Dukakis.