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If you’re having trouble seeing color on your cable news programming, you don’t need new glasses. The lack of diversity on cable news is glaring.
Progressive watchdog FAIR analyzed five weeks of interview segments from Anderson Cooper 360, OutFront with Erin Burnett, All In with Chris Hayes, The Rachel Maddow Show, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity. They examined the guests on each show by race/ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and occupation. The findings: A severe lack of diversity on each program.
Crunching the numbers, it turned out that 84 percent of all the guests were white. Surprisingly, Rachel Maddow’s show had the most white guests, with only six percent being non-white (Maddow did have fewest guests of any show). And none of her guests were women.
MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes was the most diverse. Twenty-seven percent of Hayes’ guests were people of color.
Unbelievably, Fox News, which has been known for its white male conservative bent, was more diverse than Maddow–but barely. Just 10 percent of O’ Reilly’s guests were people of color. Hannity had 15 percent. CNN’s AC 360 had 14 percent and 19 percent of Erin Burnett’s guests were people of color, reports The Huffiington Post.
This new FAIR story shows that not much has changed since Media Matters did a similar study last year. As we reported then, in the month of April 2013 76 percent of the 1,677 guests on CNN were men. Fox News had the largest number of white guests — 83 percent. “All In With Chris Hayes” hosted the largest proportion of women and had the largest proportion of non-white guests — 41 percent.
A Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute study finds that of all TV news sources, Americans trust MSNBC the least. Huh? Well, there’s a little more to this.
According to this survey, Republicans fall into two camps: those who trust Fox News (The New Republic calls them Fox News Republicans) and those who don’t. However, Democrats are much more scattered about where they place their trust. Nearly a third (31 percent) trust the networks — CBS, NBC and ABC. About a quarter (26 percent) trust CNN. Public television was the choice for 14 percent. Then comes MSNBC at 10 percent. And The Daily Show pulls up the rear with nine percent.
Republicans are so polarized, TNR says, it impacts policy preferences, with non-Fox News Republicans falling more closely in line with Democrats and Independents, including on the issue of immigration, which is what the survey was largely questioning. For instance, only 42 percent of Fox News Republicans believe there should be a path to citizenship where 62 percent Non-Fox News Republicans believe there should be.
But more than that, the survey found that Fox News Republicans are uninformed on the immigration topic.
“Sixty four percent of Fox News Republicans wrongly believe that illegal immigration has increased during the past few years. Adults who most trust the broadcast [stations] do not excel at that question either: 46 percent believe that illegal immigration has increased. But that’s much better than Fox News viewers,” the article says.
The article wraps by cautioning that the Fox News “echo chamber” can lead to widespread misinformation and political candidates that have no chance of winning.
But let’s go back to the first part: MSNBC is the least trusted among television news sources? What do you think?
Wow. It was just a year ago that MSNBC added a new black host, Karen Finney, to its regular lineup. Now, she’s out.
On February 14 my husband, James, and I welcomed our little girl, Anna James (AJ), to our family. I had lost my uterus to fibroids five years earlier, so we turned to surrogacy as a way to have our own biological child. We were already raising Parker, our spirited 12-year-old daughter from my previous marriage, and with AJ’s arrival I became a 40-year-old mom of a new-born and a tween.
The idea of balancing two children with a 12-year age gap between them, a still-young marriage and two full-time jobs (my self-titled MSNBC show in New York City and a Tulane University professorship in New Orleans) had me panicked that first night in the hospital.
But my anxiety transformed into deep sadness the next day, when, after 30 hours of deliberation, a Florida jury returned a verdict in the case of the death of Jordan Davis. The jurors found 47-year-old Michael Dunn guilty on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting into an SUV full of African-American teenagers. During a dispute with the teens about loud hip-hop music at a gas station, Dunn fired ten bullets into their vehicle, killing 17-year-old Davis, who was sitting in the backseat. On the charge of first-degree murder, which was tied directly to Davis’s death, the jury was hung. Finding Dunn guilty on the attempted murder counts means that it’s likely he will spend decades in prison, but like many others who followed this case closely, I had lingering angst that Davis’s killing would not be legally recognized as murder.
I met Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath, when she appeared on my show last August. She joined me on the same day I hosted Sybrina Fulton, the mother of murdered teen Trayvon Martin, and Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers. I was struck by the reality that the father of Evers-Williams’s children was ripped from them by an assassin 50 years earlier, the killer of Fulton’s son was set free by another Florida jury the month before our taping and McBath was still waiting to learn if her slain son would receive justice. These women had all experienced unspeakable suffering, but were still compelled to bear witness to their tragedies.
Read more about Melissa Harris Perry’s motherhood journey at EurWeb.com
It can take just one tweet to unravel years of friendship or to turn a celebrity that never knew you were alive to a ball of rage. Then there are those tweets to beat all other tweets: the ones where employees and potential employees spoil all of the chances they ever had for respect, a promotion or a job, and make you go, “What in the world were they thinking?” Here are nine tweets of epic fail proportions that will make you cringe.
When Cheerios brought back the interracial family that caused a previous uproar for its Super Bowl ad, many people held their breath, waiting for the racially offensive comments. An MSNBC staffer suggested who those commenters might be and got fired over it.
On Wednesday, someone tweeted on the @MSNBC feed, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family.” The tweet also included a link to the ad in an MSNBC.com article. (The tweet has since been deleted but can be found here.) In fact, after the ad was revealed, a hashtag started, #MyRightWingBiracialFamily. MSNBC went on Twitter and apologized.
However that wasn’t enough for the RNC. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus went full tilt in defense of his party and his demands for an apology. “You know what, it’s sort of like being on probation I guess, but the fact of the matter is we’re here, we’re watching them and it’s our responsibility and it’s mine in particular also to stand up for our party,” he said on Fox News. He even called for conservatives to refuse appearances on the network.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin called the tweet “outrageous and offensive” in a statement. He went on to say, “We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet. I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.”
The RNC, which has a reputation for not being inclusive, seems to be taking anything in the media that would further that belief very seriously. If only they could do the same with the politicians who are members of their party. Just yesterday, Buzzfeed published a story, anonymously quoting a “Southern Republican” Congressman, who said Republican opposition to immigration reform is based on racial issues.
“Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial. If you go to town halls people say things like, ‘These people have different cultural customs than we do.’ And that’s code for race,” the Congressman told the site.
The story goes on to quote South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham (R), a proponent of a pathway to citizenship, who also acknowledges the discriminatory attitudes surrounding the immigration issue, though he doesn’t place those feelings solely at the feet of Republicans. (The article has some interesting insight into the Republican party’s perspective on immigration, if you’re interested.)
But back to the MSNBC issue, a staffer is gone, Griffin has issued an apology, and Priebus has accepted it. Politico outlines some of the other MSNBC notable names that conservatives have taken issue with recently, including Melissa Harris-Perry and Ronan Farrow, who will have a new show on the network next month.
MSNBC has announced a brand new daytime lineup that includes a 2pm show for Joy Reid, who has been a contributor for the network since 2011. Reid has also served as the managing editor of TheGrio.
In addition, News Nation with Tamron Hall will be moving to 11am.
Added to the lineup is the much-discussed new show anchored by Ronan Farrow (at right), son to Mia Farrow and Woody Allen (or Frank Sinatra. Jury’s still out.)
“Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the early afternoon,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin.
“Tamron has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business. It strengthens us to have her hosting during our morning news block,” he added.
Politico has the full line up, which will go into effect February 24:
9 AM – The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd
10 AM – Jansing and Co.
11 AM – NewsNation with Tamron Hall
NOON – Andrea Mitchell Reports
1 PM – Ronan Farrow hosts*
2PM – Joy Reid hosts *
3P – The Cycle
4P – NOW with Alex Wagner
Joy Reid’s move to the anchor desk had been predicted over at Mediaite. Now that it’s official, congrats to her!
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.
Days after publicly apologizing for comments made about Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson Kieran, Melissa Harris-Perry is on the receiving end of daggers thrown by Ann Coulter, who referred to the MSNBC talk show host as the network’s “token” African-American.
Coulter and Sean Hannity had their say on Harris-Perry and her apology earlier this week on Fox News.
“It’s particularly good having Melissa Harris-Perry of all people making fun of a black child in the Romney family as a token,” Coulter told Hannity. “What does she think she is at MSNBC?”
Harris-Perry has been at the center of recent criticism after for joking about Kieran being the only black person in a photo of the Romney family. She later apologized for her comments on-air, tearing up, and in a statement online.
Hannity followed Coulter’s lead with his own criticism of Harris-Perry.
Read more about Coulter’s comments at EurWeb.com
Martin Bashir’s exit from MSNBC may have been unceremonious, but his successor will probably have a smoother transition. And it seems like the one to fill his seat will be Joy-Ann Reid, at least according to two recent Internet polls.
Reid, who serves as managing editor of TheGrio.com, is already in the MSNBC family, regularly appearing on the network as a contributor, which is why she appears to be the frontrunner to take over Bashir’s 4 p.m. time slot, leading Ronan Farrow by almost 10 points in a Mediaite.com online poll.
“A similar result can also be found on TVNewser, where Reid currently commands a slim lead against former RNC chairman Michael Steele. Although he’s in the running on Mediaite, Farrow is far behind with a fifth place standing on TVNewser,” reports Black America Web.
Reid has worked in both traditional and new media and has 15 years experience working in television and radio news, which gives her an edge compared to other potential MSNBC hosts. There are also encouraging signs from the network, plus she has good track record of guest-hosting shows and highy sought after reporting experience and internet-savvy commentary.
Before Reid, or anyone else can take over, though, MSNBC and network president Phil Griffin must first deal with the aftermath of Bashir’s departure from the network. Bashir turned in his resignation nearly three weeks after writing in a commentary that someone should defecate in former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s mouth in response to her remarks about the Federal debt to slavery. The former “Nightline” anchor later apologized for his remarks.
“On one hand, there’s the appearance of MSNBC yielding to those who dislike Bashir. On the other hand is the race card, which has not gone unnoticed by people who feel the that a man of color [Bashir] was forced out of his job by a mob of angry white people, so to speak. The latter hand has set social media outlets ablaze with widespread calls from MSNBC viewers to boycott the network until Bashir is rehired,” reports Black America Web.