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Maxine Waters meets with CBS News representatives over lack of black 2020 reporters

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) met with representatives from CBS News to discuss the ongoing controversy over the network’s lack of black reporters slated to cover the 2020 presidential race.

“CBS admitted they had a lot of work to do & committed to including Blacks on their 2020 election team & all other teams. True diversity is the inclusion of ALL. I won’t let them off the hook!” Waters tweeted Tuesday night. 

{mosads}The California Democrat had earlier sent a tweet panning the network for its lack of diversity in its campaign team.

“CBS, the efforts on your website about your support for diversity fly in the face of your display of all of the reporters you’ve selected for the 2020 campaign. Not one Black. What’s up with this? An explanation is needed,” she tweeted Monday morning.

CBS News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding the Waters meeting. 

The network has faced criticism after it rolled out its campaign team last week.

“This WH admin has made having a functional understanding of race in America one of the most important core competencies for a political journalist to have, yet @CBSNews hasn’t assigned a *single* black journalist to cover the 2020 election,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted Saturday.

“CBS News’ decision to not include Black reporters on their 2020 Election news team further proves the voting power and voices of Black America continue to be undervalued,” the NAACP echoed in a statement Tuesday.

A CBS spokesperson said Sunday that its team was an “initial wave of what will be an outstanding and diverse wave of journalists” that will cover the highly anticipated election.

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