Journal-isms |The New York Times
As MSNBC appears ready to hire activist Rev. Al Sharpton for its 6 p.m. time slot, some African American journalists are saying the move reflects an unfortunate trend at cable networks. In recent months, the NAACP and others have expressed concerns about the absence of African American hosts and anchors on nightly national news shows. While the hiring of Sharpton would change this, "this would still be just another non-journalist media 'celebrity' receiving a TV show based upon their name recognition, not their years of experience, training, ability and talent," one NABJ member told colleagues, according to Richard Prince. Other African American non-journalists who have had their own cable news shows include CNN's Jesse Jackson, Arthel Neville and D.L. Hughley, and MSNBC's Alan Keyes and Carlos Watson.