CBS Overhaul Excludes Latinxs
As part of a series of sweeping changes, CBS recently debuted its new CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News anchor and correspondent teams. There was not a single Latinx anchor or correspondent on either of its national news broadcasts -- even though Latinxs are the nation’s largest community of color. The new CBS This Morning anchor team consists of Gayle King, Anthony Mason, and Tony Dokoupil, and the correspondents dedicated to the show are David Begnaud, Jericka Duncan, Anna Werner, and Vladimir Duthiers. King and Duncan are Black, and Duthiers is Haitian/French -- he does not consider himself Latino. As for CBS Evening News, Norah O’Donnell will become its anchor and managing editor this summer. “Our community is tired of being absent in the national consciousness and now absent in the consciousness of a national news network,” said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “If Susan Zirinsky and her news teams are truly in pursuit of bringing authentic, three-dimensional and original stories to the American public ethically, impartially and honestly, then they should be inclusive of all major ethnic, racial groups in their hiring practices. If not, CBS risks Latinos abandoning its national newscasts." CBS came under fire earlier this year over the network’s lack of Black reporters slated to cover the 2020 presidential race. The network’s leadership met with Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) -- whom they assured that they would unveil a more diverse and inclusive slate of African American journalists as well as journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. More here.