C.B.C.I. Partnership Draws Criticizm
Rev. Jesse Jackson is working with Color of Change to denounce the Congressional Black Caucus Institute's decision to partner with Fox News Channel to air two presidential debates later this year. In a statement quoted by the New York Times, Jackson said:
"I am disappointed by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s partnership with FOX, and strongly encourage them to reverse that decision. Why would presidential candidates, or an organization that is supposed to advocate for Black Americans, ever give a stamp of legitimacy to a network that continually marginalizes Black leaders and the Black community? FOX moderating a presidential debate on issues of importance to Black Americans is literally letting the Fox guard the henhouse – FOX should be rejected."
In a statement released last week, Congressman Bennie Thompson, Chair of the CBC said: "Our goal with each debate is to provide a platform that will allow voters to hear the positions of candidates from both political parties. Collaborating with FOX News provides an opportunity to take this presidential election to millions of households.”
CNN is also going to air two debates. So what's the big deal with Fox? Afro-Netizen believes the network has an anti-Black agenda, and last month posted this video. Though the video is compelling, there is magic in editing, and we don't get the whole context of each soundbite.