Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A Rainbow of Talking Heads

If the New York Times is reporting it, then it isn't just my imagination -- networks have been pulling in a noticeably more diverse crop of commentators this past year.

The Times suggests the Techicolor shift could be attributed to the presidential race, what with its black and female candidates and their courting of the Latino vote.

Whatever the reason is, here's one newswatcher that's thrilled about it. For the first time, I've been able to look at the television and listen to people who are saying exactly what's in my head. It's a welcome change from becoming frustrated at so-called "experts" who, really, in most cases, have no idea what they're talking about -- especially when it comes to issues of gender and race.

(I remember last year when several networks had all-white, all-middle-aged panels talking about Don Imus' comments and the implications of hip hop. Maddening.)

My personal favorite in all this: Roland Martin. Hits the nail on the head every time. And leaves everyone else without a leg to stand on in the process.

Some say the diversity isn't enough, that TV needs more, and you know, that is true. As Aaron mentioned a few posts ago, there's still a noticeable dearth of color in terms of actual reporters and journalists on the ground. But I am glad at where this is all starting. Let's just hope it continues well past the November election.

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Posted by Veronica Marché at 8:19 AM | link

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Amen, sis. Amen.

Posted by Blogger Aaron Morrison @ 2:13 PM, April 04, 2008 #
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