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Roland Martin Meets With GLAAD

Suspended CNN contributor Roland Martin has made good on his promise to meet with the gay-rights group GLAAD following his controversial Super Bowl comments. Martin talked about his meeting (which took place last week) on his TV One program  “Washington Watch,” and GLAAD responded with a statement addressing the meeting.

[Martin] has committed to meeting with GLAAD and other organizations in the near future for a more substantial dialogue. We support Martin’s commitment to use his media platforms to shed light on the harms of hate-inspired violence and look forward to continuing this dialogue. GLAAD was one of several organizations and LGBT advocates who originally called on Martin to take responsibility for his tweets. We will be reaching out in hopes of working with and involving members of the community in this ongoing discussion.

Update: You can view Martin’s comments on “Washington Watch,” after the jump.

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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.

Following Roland Martin Suspension and Sky News Rules, A Look at Social Media Policies in Cable News

A pair of social media stories made news this week, and they raise questions about how TV news outlets should–and do–handle social media.

First was CNN contributor Roland Martin and his ill-advised Super Bowl tweets, which ended up getting him suspended from the channel.

Then Sky News and BBC News in the U.K. released social media policies that forbid reporters from breaking news on Twitter, and in the case of Sky, actually forbid reporters from tweeting about anything other than their beats and from retweeting anyone that didn’t work at Sky. Mind you, the rules applied to personal Twitter accounts, not just official Sky News accounts.

We reached out to the three cable news channels to see what their social media policies were.

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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.”

After Calls to Have Him Removed, Roland Martin is Back on CNN. UPDATE: Martin Suspended from CNN

> Update, 2:14pmET: From CNN, “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.”

> Original Story: It was business as usual last night for CNN political analyst Roland Martin. He was first chair on the panel discussing the voting in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Meanwhile, there continues to be calls for CNN to remove him from the line-up over some Tweets he sent during the Super Bowl. Those calls remain the loudest from the group that started them, GLAAD, which says the Tweets constituted gay bashing.

Glenn Beck, no stranger to criticism for things he’s said, called Martin “a dope,” and an “idiot.” E!, owned by CNN competitor NBCUniversal, is asking readers in an online poll whether CNN should fire Martin.

CNN has yet to comment on the matter, and, at this point, probably won’t.

For his part, Martin wrote what he hoped would be the “final thoughts” on the issue Monday night.

To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant.

> More: GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro responds to the suspension:

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Roland Martin on GLAAD ‘Ish’ List Following David Beckham Super Bowl Tweet

CNN political contributor Roland Martin is the subject of a GLAAD call to action with the organization demanding CNN pull Martin from its shows. (Watch the Beckham ad here)

GLAAD says Martin’s social media postings lately are akin to gay bashing — their words. At one point during the Super Bowl last night, Martin wrote:

GLAAD then took to Twitter, and Martin responded back:

TVNewser reached out to CNN which has not commented as of this writing.

> Update, 10:35am: More explanation from Martin, on Twitter:

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T.J. Holmes, Melissa Harris-Perry Named to ‘TheGrio’s 100′ List

TheGrio’s 100” list was unveiled on “Today” this morning. The list, organized by NBC’s TheGrio.com, honors Black History Month, which begins tomorrow, by spotlighting 100 individuals from various fields that are “the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders.”

There are two MSNBCers featured: Melissa Harris-Perry, who will host a weekend show on MSNBC beginning next month, Yvette Miley, the vice president and executive editor of the network. T.J. Holmes, who left CNN for BET in December, also made the list.

People on “TheGrio’s 100″ will be profiled across all NBC News platforms this month, including “Nightly News,” “Today” and all MSNBC programming.

A Number of Newsers Make Root 100 List, Despite Odd Absences

The Root has released its 2011 list of the most influential African Americans, and many TV news personalities are present. Leading the way are CNN anchors Soledad O’Brien and Don Lemon at #5 and #6. MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall represented her channel at #14, along with MSNBC regular Melissa Harris-Perry.

The other CNNers that made the list were Suzanne Malveaux, Roland Martin, T.J. Holmes, while MSNBC contributors were comprised of Harold Ford Jr. and Toure.

Still, the list had some curious omissions:

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Hurricane Irene Could Change Coverage Plans for Dedication of MLK Jr. Memorial

The cable networks are planning special coverage Sunday morning for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. But Hurricane Irene could scrap some of the outdoor anchor positions the nets had been planning. And while the event will go on rain or shine, the ceremony may be pushed back. Dr. King’s Memorial is on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin.

The dedication comes on the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the nearby Lincoln Memorial. Here’s what the nets are planning, weather permitting:

  • CNN’s Candy Crowley, T.J. Holmes and Soledad O’Brien will anchor live coverage from 11amET-1pmET with reports beginning as early as 6amET and a special edition of “State of the Union” at 9amET. Other specials include a Holmes-hosted half hour at 7:30pm Saturday and the O’Brien documentary “MLK: Words that Changed a Nation” Sunday at 8pmET/PT.

Speaking Words of Wisdom

‘Tis the graduation season once again.  And that means numerous commencement speeches from TV journos and analysts.

Here now, then, is TVNewser’s fourth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo: St. John’s University (NY), May 14

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: The Pennsylvania State University – College of Communications (PA), May 14

FNC’s Shannon BreamFlorida State University – Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Human Sciences and Medicine (FL),  April 29

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: The University of Montana (MT), May 14…St. Lawrence University (NY), May 22

MSNBC’s Howard Fineman: Colgate University (NY),  May 15

CBS’s Jeff Glor: Suffolk University (MA), May 22

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall: Columbia College – Ft. Worth (TX), June 4

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Morehouse College (GA),  May 15…Lafayette College (PA), May 21

MSBNC’s Chris Jansing: Otterbein University (OH), June 12

CBS’s Steve Kroft: Ball State University (IN), May 7

(Graphic: CBS News)

- More after the jump, including Soledad O’Brien, Scott Pelley, Joe Scarborough, and Brian Williams Read more

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