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Dr. Boyce: 5 Reasons Melissa Harris-Perry Is Perfect for MSNBC

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5) Harris-Perry helps MSNBC with the whole ‘lack of diversity’ flack:  Black journalists have long complained about what Al Sharpton referred to as “All white, all night,” in which most of the major cable news outlets didn’t have any hosts of color on their nightly branded shows.   The best way to shut down that criticism is to hire Al Sharpton himself, which is exactly what MSNBC did.  But one challenge is that neither Sharpton, nor Harris-Perry, is a professionally-trained journalist, so there are still quite a few talented black journalists who are seething over the fact that MSNBC went after black scholars and activists, rather than seasoned media professionals.

For the record, I am not a real journalist either.  I am one of those scholar/activists who’s been able to benefit from the bias of which I am speaking (I have more media appearances than nearly all of my journalist friends).  But even I can see what happens to a society when we move away from objective journalism and start focusing solely on entertainment media.  Few outlets seek to provide truth anymore, and it’s creating the kind of divergent, extremist society that may end up crumbling at its political core.

James