In a story we assure you is not made up, the National Association of Black Journalists is upset over Tamron Hall being bumped on NBC by Megyn Kelly, suggesting the move is a “whitewashing.”
An “insulted” Hall reportedly turned down “multiple millions” to remain at NBC and quit after learning that Kelly would be taking her 9 a.m. time slot.
The organization said it is “saddened by Tamron Hall‘s departure” and requested a meeting with NBC to discuss the role of black journalists at the network, according to TVNewser.
.@NABJ requests meeting with @NBCNews about @tamronhall departure. https://t.co/dSsY68HslN pic.twitter.com/JYGPMdQqA8
— TVNewser (@tvnewser) February 2, 2017
Proving they see EVERYTHING through the lens of color, the NABJ made the expected line-up change all about race.
“NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting,” the advocacy group said in a statement. “But recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.”
NBC was Johnny-on-the-spot with a statement of their own to ensure the network is not tagged as racist.
“NBC News has a long and proven history as an industry leader in newsroom diversity. We will continue to engage in the running dialogue we’ve had for many years with the National Association of Black Journalists and other advocacy groups to advance those goals.”
The reaction on social media showed some folks wouldn’t mind seeing some reverse “whitewashing,” with suggestions that Great Van Susteren and Katie Couric be booted.
@tvnewser @anamariecox @NABJ @NBCNews @tamronhall @MSNBC please replace Greta with Tamron. Greta is just awful, no talent for show hosting.
— Snark Force 1 (@snarkforce1) February 2, 2017
@tvnewser @anamariecox @NABJ @NBCNews @tamronhall They must realize this makes them the new Fox News. Katie Couric should leave too.
— Ali Muney (@AliMuney) February 2, 2017
Here are a few more reactions from Twitter:
ALWAYS PULLING OUT THE RACE CARD! #NotRacist Tamron Hall Today Exit: ‘Not a Good Way to Start Black History Month’ https://t.co/kVxBrL0Xhx
— Cosette (@Geniviva) February 2, 2017
Yep, whitewashing. Hope it bites NBC in the assets. | ‘Today’ co-anchor Tamron Hall is leaving NBC News https://t.co/Dwq5mnaxYZ
— Ash (@avvani) February 2, 2017
If this happens – guess I’ll have to stop watching #TodayShow . The whitewashing of the media begins…https://t.co/yUEfR3uXvq
— Tyrone Traylor (@TyroneTraylor) January 28, 2017
Hmmm, NBC bumps prominent black journos to make room for Megyn Kelly, who is hardly a beacon for good race relations https://t.co/CXNTQ9cICK
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 1, 2017
Al Roker & Tamron Hall helped make the Today Show #1 & they are STILL being replaced by Megyn Kelly. I’m sure race had NOTHING to do with it pic.twitter.com/tAY4aXziUL
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) January 28, 2017
NBC bumps black stars Al Roker and Tamron Hall for race baiter Megyn (“Jesus is white!”) Kelly. Next: NBC replaces its peacock with a swan.
— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) January 30, 2017
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