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Former CNN Exec Caught Putting Dog Poop in Neighbor’s Mailbox

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(COVINGTON, Ga.) -- The former president of CNN’s Headline News almost found himself in deep doo-doo after he was caught on camera placing a bag filled with dog excrement in a neighbor’s mailbox last week.

Bob Furnad was seemingly oblivious to the surveillance camera capturing him and his dog as he looked up his neighbor’s driveway, then shoved a plastic baggie into their mailbox.

Hours later, Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller discovered just what he’d left behind.  Dameron said that he was “shocked” to discover what was in the bag.

“We cannot figure out why he did it,” Dameron said.  “At this point we really don’t care why he did it … You know it was a silly thing to do, and were over it.  I mean it’s just a silly prank.”

Dameron, 71, said that the prank that you’d expect from a teen came from Furnad, who is also a respected professor at the University of Georgia.

Furnad, who was head of CNN's Headline News until 2001, admitted to the act to police and local media, but did not apologize.

“This was an immature act in response to years of malicious rumor mongering that I consider defamation of character,” he told the Covington News.

Dameron and Miller have lived in Worthington Manor, a historic home in the quiet, upscale Georgia town of Covington for more than two decades.  They say they haven’t spoken to Furnad in years, and that any feud is news to them.

The two opted not to sue Furnad, who was fined $181 for littering.

“I think this is embarrassing enough for him, as well as everyone in Covington,” Dameron said.

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Roland Martin Suspended by CNN Over ‘Offensive’ Tweets

Joe Kohen/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- CNN has smacked the “ish” out of Roland Martin.

The commentator has been suspended indefinitely for tweets he sent during Sunday’s Super Bowl that were criticized as being anti-gay, according to a statement released Wednesday. One tweet said, “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” CNN’s statement reportedly said. “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”

“CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,” said Rich Ferraro, a spokesperson for the gay rights organization GLAAD. “Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to it.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Fired CNN Host Rick Sanchez Apologizes to Jon Stewart

Photo Courtesy -- CNN(NEW YORK) -- Fired CNN host Rick Sanchez apologized to Daily Show host Jon Stewart and anyone else he may have offended with his "inartful comments" during a radio show last week.

"I am very much opposed to hate and intolerance, in any form, and I have frequently spoken out against prejudice," he said in a prepared statement. "Despite what my tired and mangled words may have implied, they were never intended to suggest any sort of narrow-mindedness and should never have been made."

Sanchez, the former host of CNN's Rick's List, made the derogatory comments about Stewart and Jewish people last Thursday on the radio show Stand Up! With Pete Dominick in reaction to a recent jab that Stewart made at him on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. When Sanchez reported that he'd received a tweet from House Republican Leader John Boehner, Stewart called it a case of "send a twit a tweet."

Sanchez said that he believed Stewart was bigoted toward "everybody else that's not like him."

Sanchez, who was born in Cuba, added that Stewart "can't relate to what I grew up with," and said how, as he was growing up, his family was poor and his father was a victim of prejudice.

Dominick, who is also a CNN contributor and was once the warm-up comic for The Daily Show, pointed out that Stewart, who is Jewish, comes from a minority group. Sanchez dismissed the notion.

"I'm telling you that everyone who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah," Sanchez said.

"I can't see someone not getting a job these days because they're Jewish," he added.

Dominick pressed Sanchez during the heated interview, and eventually Sanchez backed down on his use of the word bigot.

"OK. I'll take bigot back," he said. "[Stewart is] prejudicial."

Stewart is "not just a comedian," he said. "He can make and break careers."

CNN issued the following statement late last Friday: "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well."

Jon Stewart responded on Saturday at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars at New York's Beacon Theater.

"If you went on radio and said the Jews control the may want to hold on to your money," Stewart said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Anchor Rick Sanchez Out At CNN After Calling Jon Stewart, Execs Bigots

Photo Courtesy -- CNN(NEW YORK) -- CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is no longer working at the cable network according to a statement from the company. 

The network's statement regarding the end of Sanchez' employment follows remarks Sanchez made during a radio interview Thursday referring to Daily Show host Jon Stewart and executives at CNN as bigots.  During the interview, Sanchez also mocked a suggestion that Jews are a minority. 

CNN has yet to confirm whether Sanchez quit or was fired. 

Comedy Central's Steve Albani, senior vice president of corporate communications, had "no comment" at this time.

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