Sea Change: CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill

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by baldilocks

I’m old enough to remember when Marc Lamont Hill — formerly of CNN — used what I’ve termed as Rapist Logic after Mitt Romney posted a family photo on Twitter back in 2013.

On Christmas Eve, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a photo of himself, his wife Ann, and their gazillion grandchildren.

After the photo was posted, a Twitter storm was unleashed, spearheaded by then-CNN employee Melissa Harris-Perry. What was the big deal? Harris-Perry was scandalized because one of Romney’s grandchildren is black and we watched as members of a panel lead by Harris-Perry proceeded to mock an infant for it.

Commenting on the “scandal,” Hill said this:

Some would say maybe that it’s an exploitative picture that they’re exploiting the kid by hauling out this black person …

In short, Hill blamed the Romneys for treating the child like all of their other grandchildren and for not hiding him and his dark skin away from the cameras. That’s Rapist Logic, like unto blaming a woman for being raped because of the clothes she’s wearing. (Also deserving of mention, he used the weaselly “some say” shtick.)

Hill’s implication was even worse than that, but he was just being who he is: a man of the Left with attendant postmodern logic.

So, when I read that he had called for the destruction of Israel, I wasn’t surprised in the least.

Here’s the surprising thing: CNN fired him.

CNN severed ties with contributor Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday, following comments the university professor made about Israel and Palestine in a speech at the United Nations.

“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a CNN spokesperson told Mediaite.

Hill urged countries to boycott Israel in a speech on Wednesday, calling for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea.” His comments sparked an immediate backlash, with many noting “from the river to the sea” is a phrase used by Hamas and other anti-Israel terror groups. The phrase implies the replacement of Israel by a Palestine stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea — though Hill disputes this characterization of his comments. [ed.note: Again, he’s unable to own the implications of his comments.]

What I’m wondering: is CNN feeling that the wind is blowing against them and what they seem to stand for, that is, things Left and Democrat? I can’t say. It may be that CNN just needs to cut back on the payroll and one of their weakest links gave them an opportunity. It may be that simple.

We’ll see.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Gab.

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