NAACP Accuses CNN Of A Lack Of Diversity (Yawn... Here We Go Again)

by Sergio
July 9, 2011 9:20 AM
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In an obviously desperate and hopeless move to prove itself still relevant, The National Association for the Advancement of Ass Backward Kneegrows...OOPS I mean the NAACP has accused CNN of a lack of diversity in their newly announced prime time lineup calling it's lack of people of color in its new schedule a “glaring omission.”

According to Ben Jealous the President and CEO of the NACCP (what the difference in the titles unless he just wants to show off that he thinks he's a big deal?): “We have come to expect this from the likes of Fox News, but not other networks. While we understand that news is now a 24-hour cycle, most Americans get their news from the morning and evening prime time broadcasts.”

In other words: "We're scared shitless of Fox and don't want to get on their bad side. Besides Bill O'Reilly once give me an extra big tip for shining his shoes"

Funny though. No mention at all about MSNBC, or Headline News or Current TV or even Comedy Central or all the other news channels who also have a lack of diversity in their programming. Why doesn't Jealous and the organization go after them as well? Me thinks what's going on here is that Jealous is taking a old trick from Jesse (Rev Baby Daddy) Jackson and trying to intimidate the CNN into having him on as a regular pundit on "all things black".

By the way, It was also reported that the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau also announced plans to meet with cable news presidents to address the issue. Yeah right. That's going to do A LOT of good. Like when has it ever?

You get the feeling that I think this is all a joke?

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8 Comments

  • Orville | July 11, 2011 2:30 AMReply

    I think the NAACP has a point the network CLAIMS to be racially diverse but mixed race women such as Soldead O'Brien are considered black? Give me a break! Soledad looks like a white woman to me she does NOT look black. CNN doesn't seem to want black women get anchor roles on their netowork.

  • Nikki | July 11, 2011 1:24 AMReply

    Diversity is important but if the NAACP is going after networks for lacking diversity stand up for all populations. When is the last time anyone's seen a Native American anchor? How about more Hispanics, Asians, Middle Eastern, etc the list goes on and on. It's 2011. MLK said it best "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" And besides the Black community has more pressing issues than a lack of representation on TV.

  • CareyCarey | July 10, 2011 8:29 AMReply

    Hip Hip Hooray, Misha. Hug me like you love me cuz me and you are hand in hand, fighting the good fight.

    I see some of our negro-lite friends are at it again. Don't they believe fat meat is greasy? Now they're stomping on the NAACP. When will they ever learn?

    Look, I heard the songs of the "Banjo Man". TELE-NEGRO and Play It Again Sambo

    They lure their unsuspecting victims with words of promise of freedom for every black person in America. Sometimes their words are pretty effective. Heck, they’ve had my dumb ass yelling "Free Willie". I thought we were about to find a few solutions to the troubled times of people of color. But the longer I listened, I soon realized we were all being bamboozled, lied to, and lead astray.

    But first, the message that the negrolites were trying to sell was get rid of every black organization in America. As I said, at first I didn't "hear" their message, but boy oh boy, when I woke up, I heard it loud and clear.

    Listen, I've said this before, I am all for constructive feedback, but if the feedback is nothing but gripes and moans, sticks and stones, porous opinions, bitches and bullsh*t switches , I don't view that as constructive feedback. That's more akin to the negro-lites real message of "replace the NAACP". Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice....

    Granted, The NAACP has made a few mistakes, but I am not going to be foolish enough to help someone burn down my house until I know exactly where my next meal and support is coming from.

    Yeah, that’s the big elephant in the house, if not them then WHO? What has the AJC - American Jewish Committee done for you lately? Has Mr. Charlie and the Klux Klux Klan supported and defended the mission of people of color? Who heard the last call from the United Daughter of The Confederacy, B’nai B’rith or the Pope?

    Hey, don't get caught up, and then get dropped off at the bridge. If someone says NAY NAY NAACP, ask them whose ass are they kissing, and who they’re bringing to the party.

    If CNN is dragging it's feet, what's wrong with talking about it? Hey, you know how that goes. Spank one child's ass and the rest start crying because they know they might be next.

    My father was my little league coach. One time he ran out to argue a call that everyone knew there was no way in hell the umpire was going to change his decision. My father nudged me and said "boy, pay attention, I am not arguing for that call, I'm putting something on his mind for the next one. I am letting him know that I have my eye on his ass and ain't no punks up in here"

  • misha | July 10, 2011 7:21 AMReply

    I don't care about this issue one way or the other. However, the NAACP still does plenty of good for the black community. The organization isn't perfect but who is?

  • Melissa | July 10, 2011 6:15 AMReply

    There's Isha Sesay the dark Black African news anchor. She hosts the International Desk, Inside Africa and occassionally co hosts with Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Jim Clancy.

    Although that might be CNN International not CNN USA.

    She's gorgeous :)
    Big ups to Sierra Leone and England.

  • JMac | July 10, 2011 1:20 AMReply

    After Ben Jealous threw Shirley Sherrod under the bus over crap he didn't even bother to investigate first, I stopped giving a damn what comes out of that idiot's mouth... not that I paid much attention to him to begin with.

    The NAACP today is nowhere near as relevant, necessary, and powerful as it was 50 years ago. I don't know a single person who's a member. Parents stopped supporting them in the 80s. I gave up in '94.

    If we want more POC on the news, take a tip from TV One and create black news shows (especially opinionated shows) on our own networks. Stop begging white people to throw you a bone for everything when you really want steak.

    Besides, although I'm not a persistent news watcher, I see more black anchors when I flip to CNN and Headline News than on MSNBC or Fox.

  • msladydeborah | July 9, 2011 12:57 PMReply

    This only confirms my belief that it is time for this organization to flatlinne..........

  • ConnieChung | July 9, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    I dunno. Feelin your comments, man. But the NAACP do have a point. Gets boring watching the same ole same ole white anchors yr after yr after yr after yr after yr after yr after yr after yr.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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