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How to Know if Your Tweet Will Get You In Trouble

Roland Martin may be silenced, for now, by CNN brass. But he’s still going gangbusters on the platform that got him intro trouble last week. Just since Midnight, Martin has Tweeted or Retweeted more than 100 times. The NYT’s David Carr, a rather prolific Tweeter himself, writes about the Martin mess in his Monday media column. Carr says he’s figured out where that line is, so he doesn’t cross it:

[E]ven though I am something of a free speech absolutist, partly because my Twitter bio identifies me as someone who writes about media for The New York Times. When I do post on Twitter, I often look at it through the eyes of my boss and his bosses and ask, is this congruent with the journalistic values of the institution — or, more succinctly, will it create a headache for my employer?

Meanwhile, Politico’s Dylan Byers did some digging and found out what happened when another CNN contributor made some controversial comments last month:

For the record, CNN did stop booking Dana Loesch for two-and-a-half weeks after she made comments championing U.S. Marines for urinating on Taliban soldiers and suggesting that she would have done the same.

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CNN’s Inconsistencies: ‘What Determines When Someone Gets Fired or Reprimanded?’

Roland Martin, sidelined from CNN for the time-being, will meet with representatives of GLAAD this week following their successful call to have him removed from the network for sending out Tweets they say constitutes gay bashing.

It took two and a half days, from the time the Tweets were sent during the Super Bowl, until CNN’s announcement, that Martin would be suspended. CNN says it was “giving careful consideration” to the matter. But Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans, who calls Martin “a friend,” thinks the mess shows an inconsistency on CNN’s part:

[C]onservative commentator Dana Loesch sparked a load of criticism by saying on CNN she would have joined in with U.S. Marines captured in a video urinating on dead Afghans. Despite condemnation of the action by U.S. government and military officials and complaints about her statement, Loesch was not suspended.

But when anchor Rick Sanchez made angry comments during a 2010 radio interview which some said were anti-Semitic (he denied that interpretation), he was fired. And so was Octavia Nasr, a CNN employee who was let go after tweeting of her sorrow over the death of a leader from terrorist group Hezbollah.

It is hard to discern a pattern or set of policies in all these precedents. What determines when someone gets fired or reprimanded? Is it just the difference between who complains about the mistake?

Martin’s suspension from CNN comes as MSNBC continues to weigh the future of its longtime political analyst Pat Buchanan, who has been off the air since last Fall. MSNBC sidelined Buchanan during his book tour. In early January, network president Phil Griffin said he’d soon be meeting with Buchanan to talk about the future, adding, “Pat is a good guy. Some of his ideas are alarming.”

Dana Loesch once thought CNN was the ‘Biggest Bunch of Idiot Blockheads’. Now she works for them

CNN hired Dana Loesch as a political contributor last week; however, MediaMatters dug up some blog posts dating back several years in which Loesch calls CNNthe biggest bunch of idiot blockheads,” (June 6, 2009) “state-run media,” (March 2010) and said that the network was the home to “tinfoil hats” (Sept. 2008).

The new CNN hire also wrote that Anderson Cooper got his job “by benefit of silver spoons” (Feb. 2008).

Loesch wrote all of this on her blog “The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative.”

CNN tells TVNewser, “CNN has always been a news organization committed to having political analysts and commentators from across the entire political spectrum. As an independent news organization we don’t take sides. Naming someone a ‘CNN Contributor’ doesn’t mean we endorse their political viewpoint. Instead, it means we have added them to our wide of range of voices which also includes invited guests and analysts on our TV networks, as well as opinion leaders on the CNN.com Opinion section.”

CNN Adds Three Political Contributors

CNN is adding three new people to its “Best Political Team on Television,” in advance of the 2012 elections season.

Cornell Belcher (pictured right), Dana Loesch and Will Cain will join the network as political contributors, and will appear on the network’s primetime and dayside programming, as well as on other platforms.

Belcher is a Democratic strageist and former pollster for the DNC, Loesch is a talk-radio host and the editor of BigJournalism.com and Cain is a conservative commentator for NationalReview.com.

More information in the CNN release, after the jump.

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