I posted a few weeks ago – musing about who should get chosen as moderator for Meet The Press. I received an email from Margot Friedman today, who commented on that post with a call to action website asking NBC to consider hiring a qualified female moderator…. I know I took the challenge and I suspect some of my commenters and readers may have as well.
NBC has chosen David Gregory. He’s qualified but not my choice, not Margot’s choice, and decidedly not a female. Here is part of Margot’s email response to me.
Thank you for writing a letter to the president of NBC News to ask that the network consider a woman and/or person of color as the next moderator of Meet the Press. As you may have heard, news reports have been circulating since last night that NBC has chosen David Gregory. I am sad, but not surprised, that NBC is going with a “safe” choice rather than keeping up with the pace of change and reflecting the experiences of diverse Americans.
But did our campaign have an effect? The answer is yes and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating in it. When we first launched www.dontletNBCdiswomen.org, the names of women and people of color had fallen off the radar screen and only David Gregory and Chuck Todd were being mentioned. After your letters started rolling in, and the campaign got a boost in media coverage (LA Times, New York Observer, Guardian of London, etc.), Gwen Ifill and Andrea Mitchell started getting mentioned again, along with Katie Couric. This was one time when we couldn’t be passive about what’s on TV. Our fight for media justice will continue.
I liked one of my commenters’ ideas about Ann Curry as well. I really like Margot’s website so I hope you check it out.
Sigh. So what do you think of the David Gregory decision? Peace Out – 3C