Seems the Congressional Black Caucus are blasting political TV talk shows for their lack of diversity. Or, as Gawker joked, “Clarence Page can only be one place at a time!“
The CBC is referencing a recent Urban League report that put a spotlight on how even when minority issues are being discussed there are often no minorities on the shows. While a derth of blacks, Latinos and Asians abound in all TV talk, the CBC is SPECIFICALLY concerned as to why their members’ phones aren’t ringing off the hook.
“I’m not pleased at all with the diversity issue as it relates to talk shows,” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in an interview with The Hill. “We have, what, 17 subcommittee chairs and four full-committee chairmen? These members are brilliant; they know their stuff. They’re powerful and they should be part of the Sunday morning talk shows.”
Of course, we at The Snob already noticed this AMAZING phenomenon when we realized that the gorgeous twosome of the eyebrow-licious Jamal Simmons and the “we-don’t-agree-with-her-but-like-her-anyway” conservative punditress Amy Holmes were lacking on our TV post Jan. 20, 2009. Save Roland Martin busting out that sweet substitution slot when Campbell Brown went on maternity leave, things were looking a little lean for black pundits not named Juan, Clarence or Eugene.
We were so verklempt we actually made a VIDEO about it back in April! That’s how serious we take our black pundits. We love you ALL! (Except Ron Christie. You can drink a long, tall glass of STFU.)