As if CNN does not have enough problems – with abrupt exits first by anchor Chris Cuomo, then former president Jeff Zucker because of an undisclosed relationship with subordinate Allison Gollust, then Gollust herself – now, some of the very people who spend a lot of time talking about “diversity!” are being accused of, well, not enough diversity.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists criticized CNN earlier this week for not having enough diversity in their premium streaming service, CNN+.
“This lack of representation is not only disrespectful to our diverse community, but also disregards the well-qualified Latino talent pool within the organization.”https://t.co/MHE4IDdMKe
— IJR (@TheIJR) March 3, 2022
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Chris Licht was mentioned by the group, who was appointed new network head last weekend. Licht rose to prominence with the creation of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and then produced Steven Colbert’s late night show.
This is a part of the statement that was released by the group.
“This lack of representation is not only disrespectful to our diverse community, but also disregards the well-qualified Latino talent pool within the organization. We expect Chris Licht to do better to ensure that CNN hosts delivering the news reflect the communities they cover, and that diverse candidates are given equal opportunity.”
Chris Licht will take Jeff Zucker’s place as CNN’s president. And if you believe that the former executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and MSNBC’s Morning Joe is going to steer the network away from prime-time partisanship given that track record… OK then. https://t.co/5D2PyOHtQp
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) February 26, 2022
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CNN Recently Promoted Diversity
It was just six months ago that CNN made a big show of their diversity bonafides, launching the “We Are CNN” campaign.
The ad campaign was designed to showcase the latest buzzword, “diversity, equity, and inclusion” at the network.
One part of the campaign includes CNN founder Ted Turner saying, “We hope that the Cable News Network will bring a better understanding of how people from different nations, can live and work together, in brotherhood, in kindness, and in peace.”
All the efforts appear to have failed.
Can’t be +, when it’s minus Latino journalists.https://t.co/6wlLqJZSBe#MoreLatinosInNews #RepresentationMatters #DoTheMath https://t.co/W4lzwIqYvJ
— NAHJ (@NAHJ) March 3, 2022
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CNN’s Answer To Diversity
CNN stated to The Hill that it was responding to claims made by NAHJ
“As a longstanding partner of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, we are proud to launch CNN+ with a very diverse lineup including the previously announced Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico, which is currently in production. We continue to have discussions with journalists across the industry around opportunities at CNN+ and look forward to announcing more diverse shows, talent and content offerings soon.”
Glenn Greenwald asks a critical question about CNN+ as the network prepares to launch it. This is based on CNN+’s ratings.
Is it really worth paying for CNN+ when you can watch CNN live free of charge?
While I don’t mean to make disparaging remarks, my question is this: Why would anyone believe that CNN’s TV stars who aren’t interested in watching the show for free can suddenly attract a paying audience? Surprisingly, Don Lemon has a very small audience. https://t.co/wrqqkyqr4q
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 1, 2022