NEW YORK (AP) — A group of black journalists says it is disappointed in the lack of ethnic diversity among the people chosen to moderate presidential debates.

The National Association of Black Journalists said Friday that the Commission on Presidential Debates needed to stop treating black reporters as if they were unqualified, invisible or both. The group said diversity was important in a year in which as much as a quarter of the electorate is expected to be non-white.

Candy Crowley of CNN, Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS News were selected to moderate the three debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney this fall. Martha Raddatz of ABC News will moderate the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican candidate Paul Ryan.

A commission representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Earlier this week, the president of the Spanish-speaking television network Univision criticized the lack of Latino representation among the moderators and suggested a separate forum hosted by two Univision personalities.

In response, the commission noted that a number of groups and individuals wanted to be included, but it was impossible to accommodate everyone. The commission said that the journalists selected see their assignment as representing all Americans.

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5 thoughts on “Black Journalists Protest Obama Debate Exclusion

  1. wellsk1959 on said:

    The one thing we can truly do is make sure we are elgible to vote. Please make sure you have all your proper documentation in place so when you go to the polls, you can vote. Listening to the debates will only help you decide what person will best represent your interests. Let me put this out here–if you had the opportunity to moderate a debate between Obama and Romney, what questions would you ask?

  2. wellsk1959 on said:

    If Univision gets a forum to address Latino issues, maybe TV One or BET should sponsor a debate that addresses African American issues. Then you really get to see how the two candidates respond to black journalists.

  3. chaquille on said:

    This country don’t care about us or how we feel…..This shit has been going on for years now….I would really like to have a person of color included, then maybe just maybe one of my questions might come up…..The 3 people selected don’t give a damn about me and/or my needs….

  4. It is time to include people of color in visible roles in the political process as journalists, pundits, etc. Their viewpoints are extremely important. This nation’s population is beginning to mirror that of the world. Two-thirds of the world’s population are non-white. We must adjust to this reality.

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