|CNN axes Black liberal agitator Roland Martin. He launches an attack on the network and the boss Jeff Zucker.|
They let the door hit him on the way out. Now firing back at his former employers, Roland Martin launches into a tirade about the direction of CNN under Jeff Zucker.
On the Huffington Post Live section with host, Dr. Mark Lamont Hill (Columbia University professor and Fox News and Black Enterprise: Our World contributor), Martin lays it down!
He said that his dismissal from the network was not only an insult to the viewers, but to the many Black journalists and professionals who contributed to making the network a global leader.
Unfortunately in Jeff Zucker's vision: Business is business!
The old guard had to go. There's no need to have James Carville and Mary Matalin. There's no purpose to keep Erick Erickson. There's no purpose to keep you Roland. You guys were not on the agenda. He had to get rid of you.
He plucked Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, and is hoping to grab Ann Curry. He wants to build a network that would make founder Ted Turner proud. He wants CNN to return back to the news and not the spin as MSNBC and Fox News promote.
If you don't have the magic like Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade, Piers Morgan, Brooke Baldwin, Wolf Blitzer, Don Lemon, and Howard Kurtz, you're not going to be there much longer.
Martin criticized CNN executives, whom he described as “largely white male,” for not being comfortable with the idea of “having strong, confident minorities” in more prominent positions on the network.
“There’s still this fear, there’s this fear of actually making a leap… you have largely white male executives, okay, who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘I can do this’… We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to grow from there.”
Letting go of Soledad O'Brien was a mistake though. She was one of the most credible journalist on the network. Despite the conservative outrage over her interviews with Republicans and conservative agitators.
You can visit the Huffington Post Live interview by clicking here.