Saturday Night Owls: Reporters of color are fighting against journalism seen only via white filters

More than 50 years later, after one other summer time of protest and racial reckoning, an excessive amount of of what the fee wrote continues to be true. While there’s no definitive information on the share of U.S. newsroom employees as we speak who’re Black, analysis means that it’s lower than 8 %—nonetheless far too low. Overall, newsrooms are solely about half as numerous because the U.S. workforce as an entire. 

Controversies over insensitive and racist protection have embroiled main legacy and digital shops, together with the Los Angeles Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Refinery29, and the Ringer. At The Philadelphia Inquirer, a narrative concerning the impacts of unrest on metropolis infrastructure headlined “Buildings Matter Too” led to a employees walkout, a public apology, and the resignation of a prime editor. At The New York Times, an op-ed by Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton calling for army intervention to quell protests led to a different high-level editor’s ouster. Many of the paper’s personal reporters took to Twitter to declare that the op-ed “puts Black @nytimes staff in danger.”

At the identical time, vitality and curiosity in a extra numerous, equitable, and inclusive media has by no means been extra intense. Nor has the necessity for it been higher. What has modified is who’s main the way in which. Champions of media variety have stopped ready for the institution to repair itself. Instead, a brand new crop of reformers is staging its personal insurgency, working exterior conventional media and infrequently despite it. “I don’t know that we can integrate fairly at this point,” Angela Ford, founding father of the Black media start-up Obsidian Collection, says. “It’s time for the world to hear the Black voice from a Black filter.” […]




“But a progressive policy needs more than just a bigger break with the economic and moral assumptions of the past 30 years. It needs a return to the conviction that economic growth and the affluence it brings is a means and not an end. The end is what it does to the lives, life-chances and hopes of people. Look at London. Of course it matters to all of us that London’s economy flourishes. But the test of the enormous wealth generated in patches of the capital is not that it contributed 20%-30% to Britain’s GDP but how it affects the lives of the millions who live and work there. What kind of lives are available to them? Can they afford to live there? If they can’t, it is not compensation that London is also a paradise for the ultra-rich. Can they get decently paid jobs or jobs at all? If they can’t, don’t brag about all those Michelin-starred restaurants and their self-dramatizing chefs. Or schooling for children? Inadequate schools are not offset by the fact that London universities could field a football team of Nobel prize winners.”  ~~Eric Hobsbawn, The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914–1991 (1994)




At Daily Kos on this date in 2009—Baucus Nominated Mistress for U.S. Attorney:

Add Max Baucus to the record of all-too typical politicians:

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus’ workplace confirmed late Friday night time that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an affair along with his state workplace director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. lawyer in Montana.

According to a supply accustomed to their relationship, Hanes and Baucus started their relationship in the summertime of 2008 – practically a 12 months earlier than Baucus and his spouse, Wanda, formally separated in April. The Senator has since divorced his spouse.

Hanes ended her employment with Baucus within the spring of this 12 months.

The studying curve amongst politicians on this stuff is, nicely, non-existent. They simply do not study. The relationship wasn’t the reason for both occasion’s divorces, Baucus’s spokesman says, and Baucus did not assist her get her present place within the Justice Department. Nonetheless, this can be a improvement Dems actually didn’t want, given Baucus’s outstanding function within the healthcare reform debate, and the variety of difficulties they’re already coping with.