CBS News promises Maxine Waters it will hire black reporters for 2020

January 17, 2019 by Jerry McCormick

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Rep. Maxine Waters played the race card with CBS — and it worked.

After CBS’s 2020 election coverage team was announced, the California Democrat was infuriated there were no black members on the reporting staff — so she demanded CBS hire one, and the network agreed.

Wrong Again

Maxine Waters accused the network of not being diverse enough.

When you look at the lineup of reporters and producers, though, it appears CBS did compile a diverse field of candidates, both male and female, whose names and appearances hardly reflect a white, European background:

Fellow Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) was actually the person that got this “controversy” started with a Sunday tweet.

Ocasio-Cortez’s main point was that people of color need to be represented — and we agree.

But just because one specific demographic is not represented does not mean the staff is not diverse.

What Happened to Most Qualified?

Indeed, there are only a total of eight reporter positions and four associate producer positions available for the network’s coverage.

What if no black reporters or producers wanted the job?

What if the network did not have any qualified candidates in the pipeline eligible for these positions?

And even more grueling questions remain.

Is the network going to now terminate someone on the team?

Or are they simply going to add more positions to pacify Waters and Ocasio-Cortez?

The network should be able to assign the most qualified individuals on its team to the position. Period.