Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Race debate in political journalism

I find it hard to believe that a majority of journalists (of any color), who have never been to a predominantly African American churches, could ever look at the comments that Rev. Wright gave in church with the appropriate nuances.

Most take the sermons in snippets and then make a generalization about what was really meant. This is piss poor journalism.

When will this country (and the journalism industry) be ready for a real look into why diversity is needed in the newsroom and on the TV?

Would not a Black or Hispanic reporter, who grew up going to African American churches, be able to steer news coverage away from vilifying the often controversial, rambunctious, fiery comments that flow from the mouths of African American preachers Sunday after Sunday?

"...diversity is a business imperative." - Walt Swanston, Director of Diversity for NPR

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