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Is MSNBC Phasing Out People of Color On-Air?

Is MSNBC Phasing Out People of Color On-Air?

The news channel is turning whiter by the day.

Published March 1st

MSNBC is becoming noticeably whiter and is undergoing a public, and less-than-graceful, shift as it cuts ties with Mellissa Harris-Perry, who accused the network of sidelining her. It now appears that the network is nixing some of it's other plans that include hosts and contributors of color. They have canceled a planned weekend show for Alex Wagner, who is Burmese-American, and are shifting around the schedules of other shows that feature non-white hosts.

CNN Money reported that Wagner’s show is getting cut in an attempt by MSNBC “to shed its reputation as a liberal platform and rebrand as a nonpartisan news channel — at least in daytime.” Wagner’s previous show, Now With Alex Wagner, was canceled over the summer as a result of scheduling changes.

Politico pointed out that MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart has also been missing from his usual time slot as of late and is not scheduled to join hosts for the network's coverage of the upcoming Florida presidential primary, despite the fact that he is based out of Miami.

The Washington Post added to the mess by publishing a list, that they had received from someone close to Harris-Perry, of all the other non-white MSNBC contributors who are now apparently having their airtime diminished. The list of hosts and contributors includes Al SharptonMichael Eric DysonKaren Finney and others.

On Sunday, Selma film director and passionate civil rights activist Ava DuVernay tweeted at MSNBC, asking why they had bumped an interview she had done regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan:

Watch Dr. Harris-Perry discuss inspiration and influences at the 2011 Women's Conference below:

(Photo by: Fernando Leon/NBC)

Written by BET-Staff

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