Friday, February 7, 2014

Here Are All of the Black People on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during Black History Month

February is Black History Month, which is a lot of territory to cover in just 28 days. Begun in 1926 as Negro History Week, Black History Month was first recognized by the U.S. government in 1976, and its purpose has always been to correct the under-representation of black Americans in mainstream historical narratives. As the country observes its 39th Black History Month, we decided to take a look at how black people are represented in our most visible beat, cable news.

Below are snapshots of every appearance by a black person on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC for the first weekday of Black History Month, Monday, February 3, between the hours of 6 am and 11 pm. Every appearance in which someone appeared onscreen and was named as part of the news broadcast, excluding teases, are included. Hosts and anchors are only included once per program.

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