Saturday, March 20, 2010

Disrespecting The Whip

During Friday's story about the health care bill, Nightly News once again identified Rep. James Clyburn only as a Democrat from South Carolina, and not as the House Majority Whip. Meanwhile, moments later, Rep. John Boehner was identified on screen as the House Minority Leader. Why does Nightly News routinely identify white members of congress by their prestigious House leadership positions, but refuses to do the same for an African American congressman? Rep. Clyburn is the third most powerful person in the U.S. House. It's time Nightly News acknowledged that fact and stopped disrespecting Mr. Clyburn.

Also on Friday's broadcast, Ann Curry mispronounced John Boehner's name during a promo for Sunday's "Meet the Press". (She pronounced his last name as "Bonner" instead of as "Bayner".) Maybe Curry should start going to the meetings.

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