Ex-CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien: Network exec told her have only the ‘right kind’ of black guests

Ex-CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien: Network exec told her have only the ‘right kind’ of black guests
Soledad O'Brien (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Who was the right kind of black? The NYT’s Charles Blow.]

Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien made stunning claims on Saturday that a network exec once told her she could only have the “right kind” of black guests on her show.

Reacting to the controversy that has rocked ABC News over the weekend, O’Brien reflected on her time at CNN and indicated that a network executive discouraged her to sit down with black radio host Roland Martin.

“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. L,” O’Brien tweeted.

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The tweet included an “L” at the end, though it is unclear if that was alluding to the unnamed CNN executive or a typo.

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