Roland Martin's War Of Words With Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg

Roland Martin, temporarily filling in as host of "No Bias, No Bull" while Campbell Brown is on maternity leave, is profiled by the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz Monday. Kurtz notes that Martin is the first African American primetime cable news host since Alan Keyes' shortlived 2002 MSNBC stint.

In the relatively flattering — if not particularly newsworthy — article, Kurtz quotes Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Martin detractor Neil Steinberg, and gets an juicy back and forth war of words from both parties (on page 2 of the profile):

One who still hasn't taken to Martin, now a commentator on Tom Joyner's radio show, is Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg. They clashed bitterly on Martin's old radio show.

"I see him as a man who can't think, can't talk, and here he is doing both on television," Steinberg says. "I find it mystifying that CNN would take this local laughingstock and inflict him on the rest of the nation."

Martin, who says he "smacked him around" on the radio over a controversial column, calls Steinberg "a media wimp . . . a know-it-all with a penchant for being snotty."

Posted by Danny Shea