Sea Change: CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill

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Sea Change: CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill

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Happy 10th Anniver­sary to DaT­e­chGuy Blog!

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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Marc Lamont Hill

Happy 10th Anniversary to DaTechGuy Blog!

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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