NAACP concerned over CNN news lineup

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(NNPA)—The NAACP is “deeply concerned” about the absence of African-Americans among the hosts or anchors in the Cable News Network’s just-released prime time schedule.

“As CNN announced their new schedule, a glaring omission was present–-no African-Americans were hosts or anchors in their prime time lineup,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement. “The NAACP is deeply concerned with the lack of African-American journalists in prime time news, both on cable and national network news shows.”

Apparently, this is not just a CNN problem. According to the NAACP, there are currently no African-Americans hosting or anchoring any national or cable news shows during peak viewing hours.

“We have come to expect this from the likes of Fox News, but not other networks,” Jealous said.

While it is true that networks like MSNBC, NBC, and even CNN, often have African-American guest and weekend hosts, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Don Lemon and Lester Holt, many remain baffled as to why these networks do not include African-Americans as hosts during prime time slots when coverage is what the NAACP calls “the most influential in daily news.”

“With all the respected, major talent that is available, we find it perplexing that these talented journalists are not elevated to prime time,” said NAACP Hollywood Bureau Executive Director Vic Bullock.

Jealous added, “In the spirit of award-winning African-American journalists, from W.E.B. Dubois to Ed Bradley, the NAACP feels it is critical to bring this disparity, and the broader trend reflected in the overall lack of people of color as prime time news anchors, to the attention of the top officials at all of the major broadcast and cable news stations.”

CNN did not comment on the NAACP statement.

(Reprinted from the Afro American)

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