By Sentinel News Service
CBS associated producer Ben Mitchell recently tweeted the networks “2020 Campaign Reporters and Producers” and social media quickly noticed its lack of representation of one of the nations key voting demographics.
— Ben Mitchell (@bfmitchell) January 11, 2019
Congressmember Maxine Waters called the network out via Twitter and challenged them to live up to its proclaimed support for diversity.
CBS, the efforts on your website about your support for diversity flies in the face of your display of all of the reporters you’ve selected for the 2020 campaign. Not one black. What’s up with this? An explanation is needed.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) January 14, 2019
NABJ (National Association Black Journalist) president Sarah Glover replied to Mitchell’s tweet asking if they would be “adding team members”?
Will you be adding additional team members? https://t.co/jW92w2B7I2
— Sarah Glover (@sarah4nabj) January 12, 2019
This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel.
BlackPressUSA.com Editor’s note: A CBS News spokesman contacted BlackPressUSA.com to point out that CBS News’2020 campaign coverage is still in the development stages. In last week’s announcement about the digital campaign embeds, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Christopher Isham noted this was the first step in our campaign coverage and is only a portion of the full team—more additions to come. Here is the original press release with that language: https://cbspressexpress.com/cbs-news/releases/view?id=51781 “This is the first step in positioning CBS News as a prime political destination for the 2020 election. This is a critical time in our nation’s politics and CBS News will be at the leading edge of campaign coverage.
The spokesman continued, “This group is the initial wave of what will be an outstanding and diverse group of journalists assigned to cover the 2020 election for CBS News.”