ERIC DEGGANS: Cable News Is Still Unbearably White

Source: Eric Deggans / Daily

It‘s easy to sound like a broken record when you’re talking about the lack of diversity among major cable TV news anchors.

Critic and columnist Rachel Sklar wrote about it back in 2010, with a trenchant piece for the Daily Beast called “The Unbearable Whiteness of Cable” around the last time there was a major transition of anchor jobs on CNN and MSNBC – as Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker and Lawrence O’Donnell were starting major jobs in prime time.

Things are a little better in 2013, thanks almost entirely to MSNBC.  African American hosts such as The Rev. Al Sharpton, Alex Wagner and Tamron Hall all have weekday programs and Tulane University professor Melissa Harris-Perry has a highly-praised weekend show.

But as the musical chairs near prime time are swirling again at CNN and MSNBC, it’s anchors of color who may be left seatless when the melodies stop playing.

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