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CNN is experimenting with a new weekly night show hosted by Don Lemon.
The Wrap reported Wednesday that “The Don Lemon Show” will air “tentatively” at 10 PM on Monday nights for approximately five weeks. It’s the latest experiment by CNN as chief Jeff Zucker attempts to shakeup the lineup and rebuild the network.
Lemon, who currently anchors CNN’s “Newsroom” during weekend primetime, will replace Anderson Cooper’s “AC 360 Later,” which was axed in early February. Zuckerhas been experimenting with several new programs during the 10 PM hour such as a panel show including Donny Deutsch and re-airing host Jake Tapper’s “The Lead”– both of which did not last.
Read more about Don Lemon at BlackVoices.com
Print and television media is good at talking about individual acts of racism like racial slurs and personal injustices, but on average, both forms of media have failed to include perspective and insight on broader discussions of racism, this according to new research.
The report, entitled “Moving the Race Conversation Forward,” was put together by Race Forward, a racial justice research and media organization, which also produces the news site, ColorLines. According to the introduction of the report, researchers analyzed 1,200 articles from national and local newspapers from across the country, as well as transcripts from the three major cable television news station from the period of January through August 2013 to find out how race is discussed in the media. The results shows that while national newspapers “demonstrated higher rates of systemically aware content (as defined by Race Forward as institutionalized and structural racism)” than other media sources, all 14 media outlets surveyed did a dismal job in framing a productive discussion, which took into account the pervasive nature of racism. In fact, the report states that only one third (32.7%) of the race/racism content from any media outlet made mention of systemic racism, and that most of the racism-focused reporting was based upon individual-level racism.
You can download and read the report for yourself or you can watch this five minute video, produced by Jay Smooth. But because I’m generous, I’ve read the report and have taken the liberty to highlight some of the report’s other interesting findings for you:
The New York Times, which had 246 articles related to racism (38.6 percent of which mentioned systematic racism), had a slightly higher than average percentage of systemically aware articles, including nine out of 10 stop-and-frisk stories. So did The Washington Post, which featured 243 articles on racism, almost 43 percent of which had systemically aware content, including more than two-thirds of the paper’s George Zimmerman coverage.
Local newspapers, which scored high on systematic awareness include: the Los Angeles Times, which averaged more than 10 articles on racism per month; the Tampa Bay Times, with one-quarter of its content on racism being focused on politics; and the Philadelphia Inquirer, with almost one-third of its content on the topic focused on sports, in particular, Phildelphia Eagles player Riley Cooper’s use of the n-word. With that said, none of the local papers surveyed managed to score above 35 percent in the systemic awareness category.
Out of the top three major cable news stations, it’s not surprising that MSNBC managed to score the highest in its systemically aware content. What is surprising, however, is that the “Lean Forward” station had the lowest number of race/racism-focused content (26 reports produced during the survey period) out of all 14 media outlets surveyed. CNN came in a distant second, scoring high on racism-focused content, however, the majority of which only focused on individual incidents like Paula Deen’s n-word revelation and George Zimmerman stories. Of course, the least systemically aware cable news station was Fox News, with almost one in three segments being dismissals of racism.
Of the categories, which featured the most systemically aware content on racism, economics scored the highest followed closely by criminal justice, education and politics. The least aware categories included entertainment, arts and culture, and ironically, race relations and identity.
The mainstream media really sucks when it comes to focusing on race-related topics concerning Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI). Of the 1,187 instances of news and television media coverage on race that were reviewed, only 2.36 percent covered AANHPI stories.
The report also says mainstream media discussions of race and racism rarely feature coverage of racial justice advocacy or even solutions. According to the report, articles and Op-eds, which feature protest, organizing, policies and reforms addressing systematic racism never constitute more than 3.3 % of any individual news outlet’s coverage of race and racism. The highest incidences were found in the Washington Post (8 out of 244) and the Tampa Bay Times (2 out of 61).
Likewise, the failure on the part of the media to engage fruitfully in discussions of systematic racism helps to encourage what the report calls the Seven Harmful Racial Discourse Practices, including my favorites: reinforcing the misconception that racism is simply a personal problem (individualized racism); making false equivalence through incomparable acts; diverting from race-talk altogether (especially in favor of other so-called universal injustices); and silencing through coded language (because as Richard Sherman has shown us, a “thug” is often used as an “acceptable way” to call someone, usually black, something a bit more colorful).
The report also offers recommendations for ways that news media outlets could report better on racism (that’s if they are interested), including the following: expanding understanding of racism beyond personal prejudices; focusing on impact rather than attitudes; using a racial lens even in conversations about other injustices (including class, gender and sexuality); and cultivating discourse led by people of color. However, even if you are not part of the production side of the media, as consumers of its content, it is important that we too look through these reports on racism with the same systemically-aware eye.
Don Lemon Questions If “Thug” Is A Racist Term & Says Don’t Act Like A Thug If You Don’t Want To Be Treated Like One!
Let’s be honest: There are few things Don Lemon says nowadays that don’t make us side eye him. He can utter the exact same words you’ve said on the same topic and somehow, he will be hated for it. But, it hasn’t stopped him and this time, he’s continuing his coverage on the Nebraska toddler who has been called a “thug baby” by much of the world.
On Friday night, Lemon decided to tackle it from a different angle, this time asking if the term “thug” was racist. He specifically questioned if it was a racist because it was used to describe the innocent two year old child. He pointed out that while many in the hip-hop community have used to the word in their music, it is not relegated to that genre and went to on to show that every ethnicity and class type has used the term at one point or another.
Lemon added that while he isn’t sure if the Omaha police posted the video with a racist mindset but if they did:
“Why not take the outrage you have behind that and use the energy for good to actually stop a detrimental cycle of any name? Why take ownership of thuggery? There’s nothing flattering or enticing about being a thug. And why get mad that someone calls you the very same name you call yourself? If you don’t want to treated like a thug or considered one, then don’t act like one. That’s the message that parents should be sending to their children.”
What do you think about Don Lemon’s comments?
If you were one of the few people who couldn’t get enough of watching Don Lemon deliver the news, along with his own interesting perspectives on things that affect black folks (like the n-word) on CNN’s weekend program, Newsroom, you’ll be happy to know he’s about to be on your TV every night.
According to Shadow and Act, Lemon’s show, which is untitled at the moment, will air at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central), and it will be a “a one-topic show tackling important issues of the day, either reported or vastly underreported, from Lemon’s unique perspective.”
You know what that means: more five-point surface strategies on how to fix the black community, stop-and-frisk, and advice to celebrities on how to get their lives together. Basically, elongated versions of what we hear from him when he speaks on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Ironically, this is the same news network that wouldn’t give Roland Martin a show after his years of service as a contributor on a variety of programs. As he said on Huffington Post Live:
“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘I can do this.’ We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to get from here to there.
If it’s a ratings game, and we won, how is it I never got a show?”
Lemon is probably getting a show because of all the feathers he’s ruffled recently with his stances on issues pertaining to black folks. They probably see him as providing that “edge” that can pull in ratings based on controversy, and Lemon is definitely controversial. Congratulations, Don, your plan worked.
Do you think you would tune in to his new nightly program?
At this point, I think it would be safe to say Don Lemon is a glutton for punishment. As one of few African Americans reporting news on a major network, the CNN journalist has attempted to make his mark as some sort of expert on the black community. Unfortunately, for him and us, every time he opens his mouth he just can’t get it right.
Today, Black Twitter is having a field day at Lemon’s expense after he spoke in favor of stop-and-frisk on Black America Web’s radio program. Yes, you read that right. Proclaiming that, “If you question many people in New York City, even some black and Hispanic people, they will tell you that on the surface they don’t really have an issue with stop-question-and-frisk,” Lemon went on to pose this nonsensical question:
“Would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive? That’s the real issue facing the citizens of New York and pretty soon, ultimately YOU.”
And that’s when the veteran (term to be used loosely now) journalist got his behind handed to him with the hashtag #DonLemonOn. Bringing up nearly every racial issue that has plagued African Americans in the United States, Black Twitter decided to create their own commentary on how Don Lemon might address issues like slavery, segregation, and more. Read on and have a good laugh at his expense in the face of his ignorant commentary. Thoughts?
#DonLemonOn The Middle Passage: It was a free trip. They should be thankful.
— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) November 5, 2013
Since Soledad O’Brien was dismissed, CNN has been in the hot seat for its homogeneous, “invariably white” staff. Swooping in to dissipate criticism, Geraldine Moriba, the new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide, will work to bring a splash of color to the news network.
Ever since Jeff Zucker was appointed president of CNN last year, the network has developed a poor track record on diversity. Along with O’Brien, Roland Martin and Donna Brazile were removed from their analyst positions on the network. “Do you think that the vision Zucker has for CNN may be a ‘White-out?’” an Ebony contributor once asked. Martin, describing CNN executives as “largely white males,” believed they refused to renew his contract despite his good ratings because they were threatened by “having strong, confident minorities” on board.
Just last week, rumors were circulating that Zucker was pulling the plug on CNN’s Diversity Council, but CNN announced the contrary: African-American journalist Geraldine Moriba will be spearheading a revamped Council to address multicultural issues facing the news network.
I had the pleasure of working with her prior to my time at CNN, and always found her to have a terrific sensibility and understanding of some of the complex issues we face when it comes to diversity and inclusion,” said Jeff Zucker, chief of CNN.
For the first time, the VP of Diversity and Inclusion will be required to report directly to the President on matters concerning diversification.
Moriba, also an Emmy-winning executive producer for CNN’s Program Development, has demonstrated her credentials for her new position through her work on CNN’s In America. The program featured 11 groundbreaking documentaries in two years which “focused on communities which had previously been underserved,” a press release stated. Moriba also created the “In America Blog” which surpassed 15 million readers within the first six months.
Aware of the scrutiny CNN has received for hiring few anchors of color, Moriba explained, “Some of the smartest journalists in the business work at CNN and I know that the prevailing sentiment in our newsrooms is that it is crucial for our content and workforce to reflect the audience we serve. These are goals accomplished by working as a team. This isn’t only about pursuing a noble purpose, it’s about continuing to share news from across our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, in even more effective ways.” The anchors in the image up top are some of the network’s more famous faces. But Jane Velez-Mitchell (host of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell), Van Jones (one of the hosts of the revamped Crossfire), and Don Lemon (host of CNN Newsroom on the weekends) are some of the other anchors on the network.
The award-winning CNN Diversity Council was created back in 2003. Its basic initiative is to enforce CNN’s diversity mission of “growing its business by reflecting diverse audiences and perspectives in its programming and supporting an inclusive culture for its employees,” a press statement said.
“White People Will Hate My Half-Black Child” White, American Mother Gives Bi-Racial Baby Up For Adoption
We all know that racism exists in America. It’s a known fact; but that doesn’t mean it can’t catch us off guard sometimes. Just today, CNN wrote a story about the rise in interracial, international adoptions. Specifically, European parents are adopting African American babies because they are often the last to be adopted in the states. Interracial adoption is always a controversial issue as some think a child growing up with parents of a different race won’t be able to relate to their cultural identity.
But on the flip side, some see interracial adoption as a way for their children to escape the racism that is so prevalent in American society.
Susan (last name withheld) of Florida decided to give her biracial son up for adoption in 2006 because of the racial discrimination she believed he’d face growing up in the United States. When she went to look at the potential families a social worker gave her three binders containing information about prospective parents. After she looked through the first binder she didn’t need to see anymore. The first contained a couple from the Netherlands. Susan felt a connection. “If my mother had lived, she’d look just like (the prospective Dutch mother).” Susan’s mother died when she was two months old.
Susan also wanted her son to grow up far away from the life she knew. She was a 30-year-old prostitute addicted to crack beginning a prison sentence when she learned she was pregnant. She did not know whether the child’s father was a man who raped her “for hours” or a drug dealer whom she “had done something with” one time, she said. But both men were African American, and she believed the child would face discrimination growing up in the United States.White people are going to hate him because he’s half black … black people are going to hate on him because he’s half white
Susan, birth mother who chose a Dutch family
“There’s too much prejudice over here. The white people are going to hate him because he’s half black, and the majority of black people are going to hate on him because he’s half white,” said Susan, who is Caucasian. “And then he’ll have to do extra things to prove what kind of a Negro he is, and extra things to prove what kind of a honky he is and I don’t want that. I did not want that for my kid.”
Even her own daughter, then aged 11, said “she would never accept that n***** child.”
Now, there’s a good chance that Susan just didn’t want to raise a child by the man who raped her or the drug dealer she did something with. Looking into this boys eyes, no doubt, would have been a painful reminder of some of the trauma she’s experienced in her life. It’s completely understandable and actually admirable that she would choose to give him to a family who could love regardless. The fact that she thought enough to pick a woman who would have looked like her mother is also endearing.
What I find very interesting though are Susan’s concerns about race. Judging by Susan’s daughter’s comments, she might be giving this child up because of her own prejudice or full out racism. And if that’s the case, even though it may sound pretty terrible, she still made the right decision.
Furthermore, does it strike anyone else as interesting that she, a woman who has most likely experienced her own fair share of discrimination because of her past, believes it would be complete hell for a black child to grow up here. In other words, as one Bossip reader put it: “You know life is a mess if a white crack head prostitute thinks the worse thing to be is black in America.”
Mark O’ Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney, who proved to the world of law that his skills and expertise can keep even a murderer out of prison, is now joining CNN as a legal analyst, the The Huffington Post reports.
While O’Mara appeared on CNN’s Morning Day program on Friday, the show’s host — Chris Cuomo — announced that the Orlando-based attorney was hired “to offer [his] insight on a number of high-profile legal matters,” HuffPo said.
O’Mara, who helped get Zimmerman acquitted of second-degree murder charges for gunning down Trayvon Martin, is quite familiar with CNN. He’s occasionally been invited by the network to engage in interviews during the controversial trial.
According to the Inquisitr, O’Mara explained his reasons behind signing a contract with CNN:
“I know first hand what it is like to be the focus of media scrutiny. It is no secret that I’ve been critical of the press, but complaining doesn’t solve anything, and it occurred to me that if I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem. I’m hoping that serving as a legal analyst for CNN will allow me to contribute some thoughtful, moderated insight to what could otherwise be sensational or inflammatory issues.”
This also won’t be O’Mara’s first gig as a legal analyst. During Casey Anthony’s case, the Florida-based defense attorney reviewed legal documents and facts for Orlando’s CBS-affiliate in 2011.
Thank you Don Lemon, this is just the type of thing one wishes for on a semi-slow news day.
Somewhere in the midst of shaming black people and all the things we don’t do and need to do, Don Lemon made an attempt to be down again with a haircut cerca Kid N’ Play in the 1980s. I wish I could tell you what was going through Don’s mind when he made the trip to his local barber and asked for a cut more befitting of an 18-year-old than a 47-year-old CNN News Anchor (he looks good for his age doesn’t he?!) , but he appears to be proud of it. When Don tweeted the pic above of his new hair do, he wrote:
New haircut. Too long for TV news? I kinda like it. #HarlemBarbers
Oh, and if you think the front is amusing, check out the back.
OK, OK. It’s not that bad, although again, still not sure what brought this on. We can thank Don Lemon for what he brought on himself though. No less than 32 seconds after he posted these pics did #BlackTwitter have its way with him by means of the hashtag #donlemonlookslike. You know once we get started we can’t be stopped, which is why the hashtag eventually started trending with these shade moments which happen to be my personal faves.
— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) September 4, 2013
#DonLemonLooksLike tried out to be in New Edition back in 80s but got CUT
— GQ (@ATLREPPA) September 4, 2013
#DonLemonLooksLike his barber heard his sagging pants remarks on CNN and wasn’t too thrilled….
— Jerell Gantt (@imitationbyj) September 4, 2013
— Alexis (@TheNotoriousLEX) September 4, 2013
Don took it all in stride when he saw he was trending, responding to the hooplah saying:
So now you’re a brotha? Oh
Don’s gon’ learn today! What do you think of his new cut?
The next installment of Soledad O’Brien’s Black In America documentary series will debut on CNN on August 30 at 10 pm ET/PT. Titled “Great Expectations,” it will explore education inequality, specifically as it affects African-American boys in a low-income area of Minneapolis. The pros and cons of charter schools will also be explored.
O’Brien has been very involved in education of late. She will be an instructor in the Sundance Channel’s documentary Dream School, which will give 15 troubled students another chance at a high school education. And O’Brien is a fellow at the Harvard School of Education. O’Brien is also a special correspondent to the new Al Jazeera America network and has signed on for HBO’s program Real Sports. The documentary has been produced through O’Brien’s new company Starfish Media Group.
Will you be tuning in?