Cognition & Reality

Friday, 11 February 2011

Who’s Reporting?

Filed under: Race,Television — drtone @ 1:57 pm

By accident this morning, I tuned into the news from Cairo a few minutes after Mubarak resigned. Because it was clearly big news, I stayed with the coverage for a few hours. On MSNBC, for the first hour I watched, Lester Holt was the anchor. He handed off to a woman named Tamron Hall, who shifted coverage to a reporter in Cairo. I could not help but note that Holt, Hall, and the Cairo reporter are all African-Americans. I am old enough to remember when the idea of a national news broadcast by a Black reporter was–and I use the word advisedly–unthinkable. Once upon a time, that an African-American was a reporter for a major news organization would have been at least as big a story as Mubarak’s resignation. Here in the middle of it, however, was a Black woman holding the anchor chair, and it was not of any interest. I love that.

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