The president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, Gary Anthony Ramsay, sent a notice out on the organization's listserv, saying NYABJ would be hosting an event sponsored by the News Corp.
The June 24 event would honor "several journalists and supporters who have crossed significant landmarks in their careers as they continue to break barriers," the announcement said.
Then an energetic exchange erupted online after black journalist Eric Tait strongly objected to the relationship with News Corp., arguing News Corp. (which owns The New York Post and a ton of other media) "is not who this organization should be partnering with for anything."
Last night I noticed the back and forth and offered my thoughts -- which I've expressed previously on this blog -- especially about The New York Post and its cartoon showing a police officer shooting a chimpanzee, a chimpanzee that was generally viewed as representing President Barack Obama. [See image accompanying this post.]
My comment didn't show up for many hours on the NYABJ listserv, but I eventually saw it today, and soon thereafter I saw (posted by NYABJ) an AP piece about News Corp.'s new "external diversity council."
Read my listserv comment by clicking here.
Also read, if you like, a few previous BrooklynRon posts on News Corp. They are listed below:
- "NY Post Editor Col Allan, Widely Viewed as Racist, Likely to be Fired, Media Critic Says
- ""Oh, the Suspense. Will Murdoch Fire Post Editor Allan and Columnist Delonas?"
- "Nick Perry Says Post Cartoonist and Editor Should Be Fired. Columnist Mike Daly Says Paper Must Apologize"
(By the way, today's New York Post lists Col Allan as editor-in-chief.)
Read the original NYABJ announcment about the event with News Corp. here.
Read the piece about News Corp.'s new "diversity council" here.
This is all very healthy. Thank you, NYABJ.