Dr. Michael Fauntroy goes in on soon to be former CNN analyst Roland Martin:
Let’s resist the urge to make Roland Martin out to be some wrongly aggrieved talking head. He is a marginally knowledgeable loudmouth who was more sizzle than steak. No academic training politics and government. No significant campaign experience. No experience as a political reporter at a major media outlet (He wrote opinion pieces at CNN). He is lucky to have had his turn. So to those who are shedding tears following the announcement of his departure from CNN: Your time would be better spent applying pressure to the cable networks to put minorities on who actually know something about politics and government.
I disagree slightly, since I don’t think a person needs to necessarily be credentialed in order render themselves beneficial in the media space. But Roland’s not the best example of the exception to that rule. I also wonder whether Fauntroy created a false debate, offering only two stark choices, where being credentialed is either the ONLY thing that matters or an afterthought which doesn’t matter at all.
Having said that, I still appreciate Fauntroy for cautioning black people against using even a smidgen of our political capital to go to bat for Martin. Martin has no cause. He’s just another brother who lost his job. And although I feel for him, the truth is that black unemployment is double the rate of whites, and most blacks don’t have time to waste their resources ensuring that one black man keeps his gig.
Honestly, talking heads get let go every day. Did anyone shed a tear when Rick Sanchez was let go from CNN? How about Tony Harris? So what makes Martin so special? Nothing other than the fact that Martin THINKS he’s special, and should therefore occupy some special place in the African-American psyche. Take a seat Mr. Martin.