Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Nightly News Disrespects James Clyburn. Again.
Yet again, Nightly News has disrespected House Majority Whip James Clyburn. Thursday's story about the Republicans' Pledge to America included a response from Rep. Clyburn. In the clip, the caption identified Clyburn only as a Democrat from South Carolina, not as the House Majority Whip. As Majority Whip, Clyburn is the third most powerful person in the House, behind only the Speaker and the Majority Leader. The Nightly News producers routinely identify white members of Congress by their prestigious House leadership posts, but they refuse to do the same for Clyburn, who is African American. (On Sunday's broadcast, a clip from "Fox News Sunday" carried a Nightly News caption identifying Steny Hoyer as the House Majority Leader.) This is at least the third time in the past year that the producers have failed to properly identify Clyburn. Why? Is there a racial component to this omission? I would like the Nightly News producers to explain their actions.