CNN suspends Roland Martin for "offensive" anti-gay Super Bowl tweets

Posted by Sean Bugg
February 8, 2012 2:19 PM |

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Erik Wemple at the Washington Post reports this statement from CNN on Roland Martin's Super Bowl tweets:

"Roland Martin's tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being."

Wemple, a Post media blogger, says "CNN took its time, but it clearly reached a strong decision here."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation had called on CNN to fire Martin. In a statement today, GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro said:

"CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community. Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to."

Metro Weekly earlier reported about Martin's tweets and his attempted apology.


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