Black Press Excluded From Presidential Debate?


Photographers take photos of President Joe Biden, right, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, left, during a break in a presidential debate hosted by CNN, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(AURN NEWS) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is calling out CNN for allegedly denying credentials to local Black-owned media outlets for Thursday’s presidential debate in Atlanta. In a statement released Thursday, hours before the big event, NABJ expressed concern over reports that Black Press organizations were not granted access to cover the debate on-site.

“We urge CNN to make accommodations for Black-owned media and allow them access to tonight’s debate,” the NABJ said.

“CNN is hosting the debate in a place that is commonly called the “Black Mecca” of the U.S. because of the rich and influential Black culture there. It is critical to ensure Black-owned and operated media are present and have prime placement to record, create, and share content for their audiences,” they added.

Ben Starett, lighting programmer for CNN, sets up lights in the spin room for the presidential debate between President Joe Biden and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump in Atlanta, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

CNN Communications reportedly informed NABJ and other Black organizations that more than 800 journalists from around the world would be covering the debate on-site. While CNN offered access to transcripts and visuals for outlets not approved for credentials, NABJ emphasized the importance of real-time access to news events. The organization acknowledged CNN’s offer but maintained that on-site presence holds significant value for media coverage.

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