CNN’s Roland Martin Suspended After Super Bowl Tweets

CNN Correspondent Roland Martin was indefinitely suspended by the network this week after the outcry over his Twitter commentary during the Super Bowl grew too loud for the network to ignore.

During last Sunday’s big game Martin took issue with David Beckham’s H&M ad, tweeting “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl”. At another point he wrote, “Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass.” Many took his comments as advocating violence against gays and called for an apology, which trickled out over several days.

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Tweeting Journalists Get the Axe

Media Bistro’s 10,000 Words blog has a two-part story up about reporters who’ve gotten fired after Twitter no-no’s. A couple of my favorites:

  • Australian reporter Catherine Deveny lost her columnist gig with The Age after tweeting, “I do so hope Bindi Irwin gets laid.” Bindi was 11 years old at the time
  • Arizona reporter Brian Pedersen was sacked after complaining about his paper, other media outlets and crime issues in Tuscon via Twitter. Pedersen’s case went to the National Labor Relations Board, who sided with the paper.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of “8 Journalists Who Were Fired for Tweeting” for the rest of the fun. And expect this list to grow.