National Association of Black Journalists Condemns CNN for Lack of Diversity

  • 03/06/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
National Association of Black Journalists Condemns CNN for Lack of Diversity
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has placed CNN on a "special media monitoring list" over growing concerns about the cable news network's apparent lack of diversity – both on and off screen.

The decision came after CNN President Jeff Zucker refused to meet with NABJ's delegation to discuss the lack of African American executives at the liberal-leaning media outlet.

Fox News' Brian Flood has more:

The NABJ specifically expressed concerns “about the lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker,” The group noted that “Zucker has no black direct reports” and that the network doesn’t have a single black executive producer or vice president on its news side.

“This concern, coupled with Zucker’s refusal to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation, has prompted NABJ to place CNN on a special media monitoring list,” NABJ director of communications Kanya Stewart posted on the group’s website.

NABJ said that CNN pushed back on the claim that there weren’t any black vice presidents, but when asked to provide names to the organization never followed through. CNN’s website displays headshots of the network’s “leadership,” and the images back up the NABJ’s claim.

“A special team will perform further research and an analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices, per the NABJ Board’s directive. The special team will also publicly report on identified deficiencies in hiring a diverse workforce in news decision-making capacities at CNN. NABJ is also calling for a civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees,” Stewart added.

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