Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Why MSNBC? Your True Colors?

So, I love CNN but I am partial to MSNBC's programs. Morning Joe, The Rachael Maddow Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Count Down with Kieth Olbermann and even Live with Carlos Watson are some of the programs I've come to know and love. I came to know many MSNBC personalities during last year's campaign season. But I've noticed a "trend" that is quite disturbing.
Weeks leading up to Dylan Ratigan's show (Morning Meeting) he was a regular on the network's a.m. staple Morning Joe promoting his new show. I started noticing new TV ads promoting MSNBC's new morning line up. They go something like this, "watch MSNBC all morning starting with Morning Joe and after that it's Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan and then it's Dr. Nancy, blah, blah, blah..." but absolutely NO mention of Live with Carlos Watson. I've seen MSNBC ads for every show from The Ed show to Andrea Mitchell's. There is not a Carlos Watson TV spot. I didn't even know he had a show until I lucked up on it by happenstance. I actually thought it may have been canceled with the addition of Morning Meeting, because the TV ads actually say, "watch Morning Meeting and then watch Dr. Nancy..." as if there is not Carlos Watson in between.
Why? Even the openly gay white Rachael Maddow (whom I adore) get's many kudos and promos. What gives MSNBC? I went to Carlos Watson's Wikipedia page and was impressed with what this guy has been a part of and has accomplished. He's the real deal!
I'm not calling MSNBC a "racist" network (we all know that FOX News works too hard to retain that title), but I am saying that the executives at MSNBC should be aware of how it looks when the only person of color to host an entire hour on it's network is the ONLY person that consistently gets NO promotion. When we know better we do better...& now you know.

I'm Thed Weller and I approve this message.


Anonymous said...

i believe we need a new word so that racism is not overused and therfore underpowered. Ethnicism just doesn't have a punch to it. Clearly there is a pervasive tendency to avoid the appearance of racial prejdice but enjoy the priviliges of such, and it is the nature of a vibrant language to reflect such a cultural phenomenon.

Thed Weller said...

@Coop a rose by any other name still smell as sweet... call it what you is what it is, ya know?

Anonymous said...

I had the same experience. I've watched the other MSNBC programs but happened on Carlos Watsons show and was impressed by him being personable and the conversation being smart. It does seem biased that they wouldn't promote him. The wiki page bio is impressive.

the boss hogg said...

thed, My unsolicited advise would be to get you news from a more credible source than MS "DNC"