Why is Ed Schultz hosting MSNBC’s special on “The Black Agenda” alone? | St. Petersburg…
Month: April 2011
By Guest Contributor Diana, cross-posted from Muslimah Media Watch
Coming on the heels of a seemingly endless surge of anti-Muslim bigotry in the U.S., CNN picked the most opportune moment to air its special on Muslims, titled Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door with reporter Soledad O’Brien.
After having been glued to the news in the last couple of weeks, following Rep. Peter King’s hearings on Muslim extremism in the United States and the recent display of anti-Muslim bigotry to hit the community of Southern California, I cringed at the title of this documentary.
By Guest Contributor Dionne Walker
Even if CNN is winning more praise for its’ recent special on the Muslim community, the network’s overall track record in dealing with stories in black communities is so bad that other journalists of color still ridicule it. And I should know – my friends and I are among them.
That’s because every few months, the cable news powerhouse goes all “ethnic” and hilarity ensues. The network rolls out Soledad O’Brien on a handcart, to the chagrin of some black journalists who question why a Latina-appearing, biracial woman would become the network’s patron saint of Negro news. It unfurls the “Black in America” stage backdrop; it hustles some brown passerby into the studio for his “perspectives.” The result is usually a giggle-inducing attempt at documenting the black experience – too often involving unmarried black women, black youth struggling to go to college or some other stale topic.
That’s when we black journos swing into action.