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Rick Santorum Has Been Fired By CNN Following Racist Remarks About Native Americans.
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Rick Santorum Has Been Fired By CNN Following Racist Remarks About Native Americans.


CNN's contract with senior political commentator Rick Santorum has been terminated following racist and inaccurate remarks he made about Native Americans, Stardia has learned.

Santorum, a former Republican senator and two-time failed Republican presidential candidate, sparked outrage last month when he claimed there was "nothing" in America before white colonizers arrived, and that Native Americans haven't contributed much to American culture in any case.

“We birthed a nation from nothing, I mean, there was nothing here,” Santorum told students at a Young America’s Foundation event. “I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture,” he added.

Prominent Indigenous-led organizations, such as the National Congress of American Indians and Illuminative, have spent weeks demanding that CNN fire Santorum over his remarks, as have national civil rights organizations. CNN has remained silent on the matter.

However, a CNN senior executive told Stardia on Saturday that the network quietly terminated its contract with Santorum this week. This executive, who requested anonymity to speak openly, said the decision to cut ties with Santorum came after he went on one of the network's shows, "Cuomo Prime Time," to explain himself shortly after he made his racist comments.

“Leadership wasn’t particularly pleased with that appearance, and none of the anchors wanted to book him,” the executive explained, “so he was effectively benched anyway.”

Santorum stated on Chris Cuomo's show that he "misspoke" and that his comments were "out of context." However, the context of his remarks was simply that he said them, and he did not apologize during the segment.

“I think it was pretty clear after that appearance that we couldn’t use him again,” the executive explained.

A CNN spokesman also confirmed to Stardia that the network parted ways with Santorum this week.

For weeks, Native advocacy groups and allies have been criticizing CNN for its silence on the situation, and their rage has shifted from Santorum to CNN itself.

“Rick Santorum is an unhinged and embarrassing racist who disgraces CNN and any other media company that gives him a platform,” NCAI president Fawn Sharp said in a fiery statement last month that went viral. “Putting someone with his views on Native American genocide on television is fundamentally no different than putting an outright Nazi on television to justify the Holocaust.”

On Thursday, Indigenous-led organizations joined forces with several Hollywood celebrities for a "day of action" to pressure CNN to fire Santorum. They held a day-long tweet storm with the hashtag #RemoveRick, as well as a Twitter chat with Native journalists to discuss the impact of Native erasure in the media. They also circulated an open letter to CNN executives, which garnered more than 120 signatures from Native leaders.

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