Maxine Waters Meets with CBS After Network Reveals 2020 Election Team Without Any Black Reporters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) met with CBS executives on Tuesday after she tweeted criticism over the network’s lack of a single Black correspondent or producer on their 2020 election coverage team -- which was made up of eight reporters and four associate producers. The staffing announcement was met with widespread criticism from journalists, civil rights leaders, and members of Congress. “CBS, the efforts on your website about your support for diversity fly in the face of your display of all of the reporters you've selected for the 2020 campaign. Not one Black. What's up with this? An explanation is needed,” Waters tweeted on Monday. On Tuesday, she met with CBS VP of News and Executive Director of Staff Development and Diversity, Kim Goodwin, and CBS VP and Washington Bureau Chief, Christopher Isham. “The CBS representatives accepted full responsibility and understood the troubling optics-- and subsequent public backlash -- that occurred as a result of the rollout of their 2020 presidential election team,” Waters said in a statement after the meeting. “CBS admitted that the initial 2020 campaign team did not reflect the diversity that the company had committed to; assured me that it will not happen again.” She says the executives told her that in the coming months, they will unveil a more diverse and inclusive slate of African American journalists and journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. “I will hold CBS accountable to their diversity and inclusion commitments. In addition, I will work with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus for continued engagement and follow up on diversity and inclusion at CBS and all that they have agreed to,” Waters said.