Four months ago, The Politico published one of the stupidest articles we’ve ever read by them. Really: Reading “Soledad O’Brien puts guests on the griddle” made us uncomfortable, like we were reading the private correspondence of two lovestruck teenagers. (Bedford: The top five reasons Politico is garbage, in their own words)
The ode begins,
If you search Google News for “Soledad O’Brien,” the host of CNN’s “Starting Point,” you’ll notice a recurring theme: the story is almost always about an argument, and the quotes in the headline are almost always hers.
“Soledad O’Brien tells Rudy Giuliani: ‘Let Me Finish.’” “Soledad O’Brien calls ‘Dog Whistle’ on Tea Party Chair.” “Soledad O’Brien to Reince Priebus: ‘Answer It!’”
Well, this week, the edgy, metropolitan Soledad and her Virginia country boyfriend learned that viewers weren’t actually impressed by “quotes in the headline [that] are always hers,” when it was announced that Soledad (pronounced: Soul-eh-dad) was being removed from her morning CNN anchor position to an outside producer role for the flailing (failing?) cable news company. (Bedford: Newsweek is dead, long live the news)
But don’t get too down over poor Soledad. The romance may have been fleeting, but we had fun.
So let’s remember the good times.
Like that time Soledad pretended to know what critical race theory was, dismissing and attacking her guest while waiting for the interns to whisper a Wikipedia entry into her earpiece and get her off the hook.
Remember that? She invited Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak on her show, told him that his correct summary of Critical Race Theory — that it holds that “the civil rights movement was a sham and that white supremacy is the order and it must be overthrown” — was incorrect: “That is a critical misreading… there is no white supremacy in that,” Soledad said. Then, when challenged, she ducked and dived until she was able to conjure a paraphrased Wikipedia definition.
“If you got five of us [Critical Race theorists] in a room, we might get into a fight about what Critical Race Theory was, but no one would say it’s about white supremacy,”. Emory University professor Dorothy Brown assuaged Soledad’s panicked viewers. “We agree on that.”