NAACP blasts CBS News on 2020 election team: 'Voices of Black America continue to be undervalued'

NAACP blasts CBS News on 2020 election team: 'Voices of Black America continue to be undervalued'
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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) blasted CBS News on Tuesday for what it argued was a lack of diversity in its 2020 presidential election news team.

“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 said. 

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"As the voting bloc which will most certainly heavily determine the direction of this country in the upcoming election, it is vital any and all media outlets have a diverse newsroom, including individuals of color in decision making positions to speak to and address the issues and concerns directly impacting the Black community," it adds. "Representation matters and the media needs our coverage on the issues to drive the discussion."  

The statement from the NAACP comes three days after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGreta Thunberg scolds Congress on climate action: 'I know you are trying but just not hard enough' Ocasio-Cortez endorses challenger to Democrat Lipinski in Illinois race The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? MORE (D-N.Y) criticized the CBS News 2020 team for the same reason, calling its selections "unacceptable" from a diversity perspective in a tweet that went viral.

The Hill has reached out to CBS News for comment.  

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

Some Democratic leaders, including Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching MORE, also criticized CBS for "not one Black" being on its reporting team for 2020, which does include Hispanic and Asian-Americans.