NABJ Calls Out CNN for Lack of Black Executives
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) on Tuesday placed CNN on a "special media monitoring list," citing a lack of Black representation among the network's leadership ranks. CNN President Jeff Zucker has no Black direct reports, according to NABJ. Their research showed that the news organization also has no Black Executive Producers nor any Black VPs or SVPs on the news side -- something former CNN host Soledad O’Brien has also called out on Twitter. CNN disputed the findings, but NABJ says they failed to provide any receipts. The group wants to meet with Zucker. He said he’s game as long as NABJ VP of Digital Roland Martin is not there. There’s still a beef stemming from Martin's participation in a 2016 town hall with then-Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile admitted she inadvertently disclosed a town hall topic to the Clinton campaign that Martin sent to Brazile. “For months, we have been working with NABJ to schedule a meeting because the relationship between CNN and NABJ is very important to us,” CNN said in a statement to The Hill. “As we have told them many times, we look forward to a thoughtful discussion about how both of our organizations can continue to work together. Unfortunately, the significant and reckless damage that Roland Martin did to CNN while partnering with us during a 2016 Democratic Town Hall has made any meeting that includes him untenable.” The network only has one African American weekday host: Don Lemon. The two others, Fredricka Whitfield and Victor Blackwell, appear only on the weekends. More here.