Friday, January 20, 2012

NPR Chief Faces a Problem With Diversity

Every major news program is hosted by a white maile with his side-kid the docile Black woman. No angry black people need apply.

"I only met Weiss once, about a decade ago, but I never forgot our conversation. We were chatting over hors d'oeuvres at a convention of the National Association of Black Journalists, the organization I helped create. "So what do you think of All Things Considered?" she asked, referring to the flagship NPR show she produced for many years. "I love the show," I admitted. "But why does it have to be so white?"

"But we have Juan Williams," she replied defensively. I almost choked on my stuffed mushroom. But since she was paying for the canap├ęs, I politely let the discussion move on to other topics. How ironic that, a decade later, the symbol of her liberal credentials would cause her departure from the network."

Gary Knell: New NPR Chief Faces a Problem With Diversity

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