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Ex-anchor Soledad O'Brien says CNN executive told her to host only the 'right kind of black person'

O'Brien tweeted the allegation on Saturday.

June 14, 2020 6:44pm

Updated: June 15, 2020 8:59am

Soledad O'Brien tweeted Saturday that a CNN executive had expressed an opinion about a certain individual being the wrong type of black person.

"This is an interesting read. Reminds me of the cnn exec who told me: “Roland Martin isn’t the ‘right kind of’ Black person.” She didn’t want me to book him on my show," O'Brien tweeted.

"Charles Blow, she told me, (also a frequent guest) was ‘the right kind of Black,’" O'Brien said in another tweet.

New York Times columnist Charles Blow reacted to O'Brien's assertions about the alleged comments. "I don’t know how to take this 'good negro' talk," he wrote.

Roland Martin responded with his own allegations about CNN, including that he was cautioned against using the word "bruh." Martin said he was told to "be careful saying stuff like bruh. We don’t want to scare away white viewers."

CNN did not immediately return requests for comment from Just the News.




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