Byers writes a very even-handed article on the news and notes that 2 other CNN personalities were not suspended for offensive remarks.
One, I don't know these people -- they're conservatives, made a point of saying she'd urinate on Taliban corpses herself while the other made a point of speaking of the enjoyment he'd have watching a "hippie" be tasered.
I don't think those rise to Martin's remarks.
If I heard offensive remarks, I'd go about my day but stop listening to those people (and I'd call them out here as well). But gays and lesbians are targeted with hate crimes, gays and lesbian youth have a high suicide rate and come under bullying and much worse.
So on the tasing of a hippie, not great but doesn't rise to the level of a hate crime. As for the urination, I shrug at that.
I shrug because while I disagree with that take, I do know people who agree. There's an elderly Black woman at my work who is sweeter than sweet. She's everyone's ideal granny. And she blew me away when the story of the US marines urinating on the corpses broke because she said she didn't think that was a big deal.
I didn't jump on her (and wouldn't) but asked her to explain it to me and she did. I still didn't agree with her but there are a lot of people who take the attitude of this wasn't prisoner abuse and it was no big deal. I don't know how many they are in this world but they are correct that a corpse isn't a human being.
I'm glad Roland's suspended. I appreciate CNN doing that.
I have a hard time taking NBC seriously after Tracy Morgan not only got away with talking about killing his son if his son turned out to be gay but he and Tina Fey decided to turn it into a joke for a few (bad) episodes of their (bad) TV show.
At least CNN treated it seriously.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"