Monday, August 08, 2005

Eliminating (?) Discrimination in News Coverage

From the IMDB today:
NBC News President Neal Shapiro on Friday appeared to agree with minority activists who have accused the news media of focusing their attention on missing white, attractive women while ignoring missing black, attractive women. Appearing on NBC's Dateline, Shapiro, who is rumored to be leaving the network, remarked, "Our mission is to try to cover America. And that means all facets of America. And when our coverage doesn't reflect that, it distresses me. That said, I think it's important that people in the industry talk about it. I think the fact that I'm talking about it, I think the fact that Dateline NBC is devoting airtime to it, means we take it seriously. And we have to do better." Shapiro's remarks came as Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren returned to Aruba for additional coverage of her ratings-grabbing investigation of missing teenager Natalee Holloway. She told the Associated Press: "I obviously don't program for the people in the newsroom or my friends or the people I went to law school with. I program for the viewers." Asked about Dateline's report, Van Susteren commented: "I wish we did more on missing minorities. But I'm not going to be bothered by the critics."

Anyone else notice something funny about the first sentence?


Blogger NamelessNerd said...

I was thinking on the same lines.. Did you see Greta on Jay Leno? I do have a long posting on that..My guess is with Natalee, they get to show a nice blonde all the time and talk about nothing since there never was any news apart from the stories of the guys. Add to it nice Aruban beachfronts and I bet you can get ppl to tune in...If you get a chance do look at my post.. I am attempting some cheapshot advertising here...

8/24/2005 12:56 AM  

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