NAACP President Todd Jealous blasted CNN for not having any African-American anchors in their newly announced prime time news line-up.
“As CNN announced their new schedule, a glaring omission was present — no African Americans were hosts or anchors in their prime time lineup,” he said.
“The NAACP is deeply concerned with the lack of African-American journalists in prime time, both on cable and national network news shows.”
Jealous added, “We have come to expect this from the likes of Fox News, but not other networks.”
The LA Times Reports:
Shifts in CNN’s schedule included adding CNBC personality Erin Burnett. The network has declined comment on the NAACP criticism. Exclusion of African Americans is significant, Jealous said, because the prime-time slots are the most influential in daily news. Although CNN, Bloomberg News, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC have shows scheduled every hour to discuss financial and world news, and occassionally have black commentators, not one show is headlined or anchored by an African American.