Nathan Burchfiel helpfully points out the main stream media’s lack of self awareness. Funny how the press is so willing to recognize in other organizations what is so glaringly obvious in itself. Does anyone else find it a little ironic that an overwhelmingly white press criticizes the rally in Washington for being overwhelmingly white?
Newspapers aren’t alone. The third annual Television Newsroom Management Diversity Census found that “persons of color” only make up 12.6 percent of staff in TV newsrooms. A 2007 survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association found that minorities make up 21.5 percent of the television news workforce – higher than print but still short of the 34.5 percent of the population. Only 10.2 percent of broadcast news directors are minorities.
But that didn’t stop broadcast outlets from pointing the finger at conservatives.
- “Do you have any concerns when you look out at the crowds and they’re mostly, well, overwhelmingly white people?” – Terry Moran, ABC “Nightline” Nov. 2, 2009.
- “You know, one thing to keep in mind about the Tea Party is that it is an overwhelmingly white movement.” – Ron Brownstein, NBC “Meet the Press” April 18, 2010.