Quoted: The Daily Beast On The Dearth of Latinos In TV News

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. Via Zimbio.com

There’s been a lot of talk on all the English-language television networks since the election about the increasing power of the Latino vote—but virtually all of the TV pundits pontificating about this subject this past week have been non-Hispanic. On MSNBC’s ”Morning Joe” on Friday morning, for example, four white males over 50 sat around and talked about the election, including the Latino vote.

In fact, of the 23 MSNBC anchors and hosts listed on the network’s website, apparently only one is Hispanic.

And while CNN has CNN en Español, on the main network only two of the 21 anchors and hosts are Hispanic: Soledad O’Brien and Zoraida Sambolin.

Brittany Uter, a spokeswoman for MSNBC, declined to comment for this story. Christal Jones, public relations manager at CNN, tells The Daily Beast, “I will say that among our anchors, we have African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos, we have diverse hosts. As a network, we are always trying to increase our diversity among our employees both on camera as well as behind the scenes.”
- From “Why Don’t We Have More Hispanic Talking Heads?”