As he reflects on his six-year tenure, Holder says the way in which two journalists were harangued with federal subpoenas doesn't sit well with him, and that in retrospect, he would have done things “differently” and “better.”
The numbers are bleak: An analysis finds, in the closest Senate races, “7 out of 10 of debate moderators and panelists were men, while 92 percent were white. In the closest gubernatorial campaigns, 7 out of 10 debate moderators and panelists were men, while 79 percent were white.”
Sanjay Gupta’s medical show is canceled; Jane Velez-Mitchell, a host at CNN’s sister site, HLN, is out, as well as a top African-American bureau chief in New York. The National Association of Black Journalists expresses even more concern about CNN’s commitment to diversity.
“There’s a reason, fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about Obamacare,” the president said during a speech this week. “’Cause good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on Fox News.”
The newspaper hasn’t had the best relationship with African-American news consumers this year, what with the “no angel” reference in that Michael Brown profile and the “angry black woman” comment in the article about Shonda Rhimes. But its black executive editor is still focused on attracting a more diverse audience.
The Online News Association held its annual conference to discuss trends in journalism last weekend. For many in the news business the group represents the future of the industry, so it’s particularly noteworthy that 35 percent of the presenters were people of color, and half were women.
Dean Baquet, the Times’ first African-American executive editor, says the writer of the controversial piece was trying to make a profound point that was misinterpreted by many readers. Either way, Baquet wants to diversify the paper’s team of 20 cultural critics, which has no black writers.
The paper’s culture editor and public editor have both expressed disapproval over the “angry black woman” article that went viral last week, with the public editor lamenting regarding the staff, “With 20 critics, not one is black and only two are persons of color.”
“The whole point of the piece—once you read past the first 140 characters—is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype,” television critic Alessandra Stanley said, according to a Times spokeswoman.
According to a new survey, African Americans and Hispanics turn to their smartphones and other digital gadgets to get their news just as much as other Americans do, yet they give new media low grades for its coverage of their communities.