Breitbart News was the first to report that CNN contributor Roland Martin’s contract would not be renewed by the network. That contract expires April 6. Since our report, CNN confirmed the news to Politico, and Martin himself has circulated the following:
My agents notified me that they had been informed that at the conclusion of the two month extension granted in February, my last day at CNN would be April 6.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my little over six years there. There are many folks I will miss dearly, especially wonderful colleagues like Josanne Lopez, Soledad O’Brien, Ali Velshi, and so many bookers and producers.
But I also miss the folks I tried to speak for and represent the most when I was on the air: the men and the women who worked on the crew; the security guards; and even the janitorial workers. Those were the people I most spoke for; those were the people who would cheer me on as I walked down the streets, in the grocery store; and at airports.
I have had the likes of Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, and others in sports and entertainment thank me for being an unwavering and unapologetic voice of truth, and unwilling to back down when someone needed to stand up.
Before I signed with CNN, I sat in the lobby of 1 Time Warner Center and said, ‘God, if it’s your will to be here, then so be it.’ I said the same these last two months.
I’ve worked hard to ensure that my voice wasn’t heard in one place. I will continue with my show on TV One, a network I was with before CNN; will continue my daily segment on the Tom Joyner Morning Show; and will continue my nationally syndicated column.
In my final days at CNN when I’m on the air, I will to do as the Tuskegee Airmen did, fight to the last hour, last minute, last second, for what is right. And I will do that as long as there is breath in my body.
Martin is probably most famous for a run-in with GLAAD early last year, after those fascist, left-wing bullies attacked as homophobic a series of perfectly innocent Tweets the CNN contributor fired off during the Super Bowl.
The charges were ridiculous and Breitbart News defended the left-wing Martin. But in a politically correct world where gay trumps black, no one backed Martin against the witch hunt, and GLAAD’s smear is now considered a stain on Martin’s professional legacy.
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