MSNBC’s Christopher Hayes acknowledges that the lack of diversity in the media is a problem. Instead of just talking about it, though, he’s doing something about it.
His weekend morning show "Up with Chris Hayes" has been praised in recent weeks for being “a beacon of diversity.” Hayes, who is about to move into prime-time, tells Columbia Journalism Review's Ann Friedman that he and the show's producers rely on quotas and spend a lot of time discussing the diversity of the show’s guests.
"We just would look at the board and say, ‘We already have too many white men. We can’t have more.’ Really, that was it ... Always, constantly just counting," Hayes tells Friedman.
He has tried to look at diversity from a racial and gender standpoint. "Out of four panelists on every show, he and his booking producers ensured that at least two were women," Friedman writes. (more...)