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Soledad O'Brien Fires Back At Roger Ailes: 'I Was Named After The Virgin Mary'

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Last Thursday, Fox News chairman/CEO Roger Ailes made a mean-spirited comment about CNN’s Soledad O’Brien while speaking to journalism students at the University of North Carolina.

During an after-lecture interview with student journalists, Ailes referred to O'Brien -- who anchors the CNN morning news show "Starting Point" -- as "that girl that's named after a prison."

Ailes appeared to be referencing the Soledad Correctional Facility in Monterey County, California.

On Friday morning, Soledad fired back at Ailes, tweeting: “Um. I wasn’t named after a prison. Ailes is mistaken. I was named after the Virgin Mary.”


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um. I wasn't named after a prison. Ailes is mistaken. I was named after the virgin mary

According to Deadline.com, O’Brien’s father chose the name Maria de la Soledad to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary of Solitude—which in Spanish is “Soledad.”

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