Roland Martin, on second thought, on that Beckham ad; Yahoo’s ghoulish bagel brunch
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CNN contributor Roland Martin has apologized for tweeting about an underwear ad starring David Beckham that aired during the Super Bowl.
"If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H & M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!" the analyst tweeted, in addition to suggesting that "real bruhs" would never sport the designer tighty-whities.
"Based on several tweets I made on my Twitter feed on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I have been accused by members of the LGBT community of being supportive of violence against gays and lesbians and bullying," he wrote in a statement on his website. "That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused.
"My joking about smacking someone, whether it was in response to a commercial or food they prepare for a Super Bowl party or wearing an opposing team’s jersey, was stated in jest. It was not meant literally, and in no way would I ever condone someone doing such a thing."
As Dylan Byers pointed out yesterday, the Martin incident seems to be part of a larger "political contributor problem" for the network, which also came under fire recently for unrelated controversial remarks made by Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson.
But CNN may actually have bigger challenges to worry about. As the Wall Street Journal first reported last night, Disney is in talks with Univision about creating a new 24-hour cable news channel.
“This would go head-to-head with CNN,” a source told The New York Times.
CNN at least had a batch of personnel moves to talk about yesterday: Jim Acosta was promoted to national political correspondent; Miguel Marques jumped from ABC News as Los Angeles-based correspondent; and Maribel Abel, a former PBS anchor, joined the network as a correspondent for "CNN Money Matters," which is "a market-exclusive, multi-platform financial news service produced in conjunction with CNNMoney.com," according to a press release.
In other news...
"U.S. authorities are stepping up investigations, including an FBI criminal inquiry, into possible violations by employees of Rupert Murdoch's media empire of a U.S. law banning corrupt payments to foreign officials such as police, law enforcement and corporate," though they "have found little to substantiate allegations of phone hacking inside the United States by Murdoch journalists." [Reuters]
Jared Kushner's new society magazine is getting ready for its debut. [WWD]
And the 31-year-old New York Observer owner is reportedly in the market to buy the Dodgers. [Ventura County Star]
Further evidence of the disconnect between the executives at Yahoo! News (where I used to be a reporter) and the journalists who are working for them: Mickie Rosen, senior vice president for the Yahoo Media Network, sent a "bagel brunch" invite to a bunch of writers who were laid off several months ago. [New York Observer]
Anna Wintour reacts to Vogue's big Super Bowl plug: "We naturally expect a new audience of football fans.” [WWD]
A new analysis has found that the press is losing interest in Newt Gingrich. [PEJ]
Peter Kafka's sources tell him that GigaOM "is in the last stages of a deal to purchase" paidContent from Guardian Media. [All Things D]
Choire Sicha doubts The Daily's claim that it will break even in five years. [The Awl]
Another How Fox News Channel Did It piece. [Multichannel News]
Why did Bloomberg News fire star features writer Craig Copetas? [Romenesko]
The most interesting New Yorker articles of all time. [Romenesko]
Lois Romano is leaving NewsBeast for Politico. [Dylan Byers]
Chris Lehmann calls Gabriel Sherman's New York magazine cover story about Wall Street executives "hallucinatory." [The Awl]
Paul Carr thinks David Carr's take on the new BuzzFeed is "credulous." [PandoDaily]
NBC News is debuting a Richard Engel documentary series on the iPad. [Broadcasting & Cable]