Reps. Maxine Waters, Ocasio-Cortez Ask CBS: Why No Blacks Among Digital Journalists Selected for 2020 Campaign

By Susan Jones | January 14, 2019 | 9:51 AM EST

CBS features its expanded team of digital journalists and associate producers who will cover the 2020 campaign. (Photo from CBS News website)

(CNSNews.com) - Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are berating CBS News for its apparent failure to include African-Americans in its roster of "digital journalists" who will cover the upcoming 2020 campaign.

Waters tweeted on Monday morning: "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."

On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "This WH admin has made having a functional understanding of race in America one of the most important core competencies for a political journalist to have, yet @CBSNews hasn’t assigned a *single* black journalist to cover the 2020 election. Unacceptable in 2019. Try again."

CBS News announced on Friday that it is "expanding its political coverage as it ramps up for the upcoming 2020 presidential election," and as part of that expanded coverage, it showed photos of the digital journalists and associate producers "who will be fanning out nationwide to cover the candidates for all platforms."

"We are embracing political reporting now more than ever on every program and every platform," said Christopher Isham, vice president and Washington bureau chief for CBS News.

"Our commitment will be robust and it kicks off today with the announcement of the formation of our political embed unit – our boots on the ground for the 2019-2020 election cycle. 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."

CBS News said it has expanded its political team on both the television network and digital platforms since the 2016 elections.

In response to one of her Twitter followers, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: "Do you understand how fundamental the black experience is to American politics? And to American history? One race isn’t substitutable for another. It doesn’t work like that. It’s not about “quotas.” It’s about understanding the country you’re living in."

 


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