CNN expelled conservative commentator and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Santorum was fired for his controversial statements about Native American culture.
The former Pennsylvania senator made the offensive remarks in April at a meeting of the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youth organization. “We created a nation from nothing,” said Santorum. “I mean there was nothing. Yes, we had Native Americans, but to be fair, there wasn’t much Native American culture.”
CNN, which had been under pressure to end its partnership with Santorum in response to those statements, announced yesterday that it had fired Santorum from working as a commentator. Twitter reply. “When I signed with CNN, I realized I’d comment that CNN viewers don’t usually hear. I appreciate the opportunity that CNN has given me over the past four years.”
The Association of Native American Journalists, a trade association for Aboriginal journalists, has called on Aboriginal journalists to stop working for CNN and expel Santorum. When asked, Santorum has already admitted his statements were incorrect at the start of this month and said he had spoken publicly.
“I was talking about its foundation and the principles that lay in its creation,” Santorum told CNN Fellow and Presenter Chris Cuomo. “The way we dealt with Native Americans was horrific. It goes against everything that I fought for as a leader in Congress.”
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