The New York Observer‘s Felix Gillette brings our attention (10/20/08) to a new self-described “grassroots” website created after “NBC/MSNBC was criticized during the 2008 election for sexism in its coverage.” Founder Margot Friedman further explains that “picking a qualified woman and/or person of color to host Meet the Press would help repair some of the damage to the network’s brand.” Gillette reports:
“The New York Times has reported that NBC will name a new moderator for Meet the Press between Election Day and early December,” reads the website DontLetNBCDisWomen.org. “Chuck Todd and David Gregory are in the running. Both men are fine journalists, but they do not represent the racial or gender diversity that their viewers deserve. It is important for viewers to be exposed to a broad range of perspectives and not exclusively those of Caucasian males.”
The site goes on to encourage readers to click on a link that allows them to send a message to NBC News president Steve Capus, urging him “to consider a woman and/or person of color” for the MTP job.
While careful to note that her “campaign does not endorse a particular candidate for this position,” Friedman judges that “there is no shortage of talented women and/or people of color who could do the job, including CNN‘s Campbell Brown, PBS‘s Gwen Ifill or NBC‘s Andrea Mitchell.”
See FAIR’s magazine Extra!: Misogyny’s Greatest Hits: Sexism in Hillary Clinton Coverage (5-6/08) by Jessica Wakeman