This afternoon, I was watching WNBC's local news contributor, Ben Aaron. He's a tall, lanky young fellow who's the comic element of a newscast with his humor pieces.
I agree. But has he ever looked at photos of the men who have been the anchors of the NBC Nightly News every week? Look at photos from the weeknight news anchors such as the legendary team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley back in the 1950s and '60s....
As for the Today Show, I written before that it took half a century for that landmark network morning news program to hire more than two black on-air talents. For its first fifty years, Bryant Gumble and Al Roker were the only two black contributors on Today. No black women. From the 1950s to the dawn of this 21st Century -- only two black broadcasters. As a former WNBC morning news show regular in the 1990s, I can tell you that Bryant and Al were not the only two black people who wanted to do segments on Today in that half a century. Lord knows I wanted to be an entertainment contributor on the program.
But I sure do appreciate Ben Aaron even addressing the need for diversity. Sometimes getting the message about diversity takes a while for folks to get. Sometimes it takes decades.