NEW YORK TIMES: SCANT ON DI­VER­SITY

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

The New York Times is “preach­ing the gospel of di­ver­sity, but not fol­low­ing it,” ac­cord­ing to Liz Spayd, the pub­lic ed­i­tor for the news or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Only two of the 20-plus re­porters who cov­ered the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign for The New York Times were black. None were Latino or Asian. That’s less di­ver­sity than you’ll find in Don­ald Trump’s Cab­i­net thus far. Of The Times’s newly named White House team, all six are white, as is most every­one in the Washington bureau,” Ms. Spayd writes in a sur­pris­ing new es­say pub­lished by The Times.

“Metro has only three Lati­nos among its 42 re­porters, in a city with the sec­ond largest His­panic pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try. Sports has one Asian man, two His­pan­ics and no African-Amer­i­cans among its 21 re­porters, yet blacks are plen­ti­ful among the teams they cover and the au­di­ence they serve. In the Styles sec­tion, ev­ery writer is white, while Amer­i­can cul­ture is any­thing but,” she con­tin­ues.

“The ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor, Dean Ba­quet, is African-Amer­i­can. The other edi­tors on his mast­head are white. The staff with the most di­ver­sity? The news as­sis­tants, who mostly do ad­min­is­tra­tive jobs and get paid the least.”

Ms. Spayd con­cludes: “It is pos­si­ble to change this. But The Times will need more hu­mil­ity, in­tro­spec­tion and open­ness than has been its habit in the past.”

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