*The controversy surrounding Rev Al Sharpton possibly being hired by MSNBC over an actual journalist of color, to anchor the networks 6pm nightly newscast, continues.
On his Sunday morning CNN program, “Reliable Source,” host Howard Kurtz spoke with the St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans to get his thoughts on the subject.
Kurtz and Deggans shared some worries with one another regarding whether or not Sharpton was the person most deserving of getting
Kurtz made this observation about Sharpton:
“He would be the first African American with a nightly show on cable news in years and yet he’s not a journalist, he’s obviously a liberal activist and former candidate.”
Deggans agreed. Watch their exchange via Mediaite:
In other Sharpton news, according to Journal-isms, he canceled a Thursday appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Philadelphia because of comments by NABJ members questioning MSNBC’s reported choice of the activist to host a 6 p.m. show on the network, according to NABJ.
Roland Martin, the NABJ secretary, CNN, TV One and “Tom Joyner Morning Show” commentator, told attendees that he and NABJ President Kathy Y. Times told Sharpton that the comments, published in Journal-isms, represented the views of two members, not the entire NABJ membership of 3,400.
“Rev. Sharpton took offense to the story that was written and thought that was the position of NABJ,” Martin said. Despite their explanations to the contrary, “he was still upset by that and felt that by coming here and being a part, that would be the story,” Martin said.
Read/learn more at Journal-isms.