No media bias here: Black ABC News boss says Trump’s a racist

Corporate media bias came from the top Tuesday when a boss subjected staff to her take on a recent statement from the former president later couched as “part of a larger editorial conversation.”

“These remarks are as racist as they come.”

Narrative wranglers at network and cable news outlets have often recoiled at the realities of discrimination inherent in DEI and CRT. Coupling their pushback, race baiters hired on as talking heads have frequently shoehorned stories to demonize conservative figures or issues as racist.

In a note sent to staff Tuesday, ABC News president Kimberly Godwin demonstrated how prevalent those biases were as she reacted to comments made by former President Donald Trump at the annual Black Conservative Federation event Friday in South Carolina.

“No matter one’s politics, the fact that a person running for President of the United States made these remarks period — but also to a public crowd — and with so many black people present — and that they stand with him — is mind blowing. Shocking,” said Godwin according to a report from Puck News senior correspondent Dylan Byers.

“These remarks are as racist as they come,” she added.

Trump had taken heat on the Sunday shows, including ABC’s “This Week,” after telling attendees, “And then I got indicted a second time and then a third time and a fourth time! And a lot of people said that that’s why black people like me, because they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against. And they actually viewed me as — I’m being discriminated against. It’s been pretty amazing.”

As Godwin’s characterization of Trump’s speech circulated, some CYA surfaced on Semafor in the form of a statement from an ABC spokesperson as the outlet regarded the staff email as “private comments.”

According to the spokesperson, the email was “part of a larger editorial conversation” for how the network would be covering the GOP leader’s statement. The outlet added, “It remains to be seen whether her private views about Trump will have an impact on ABC News’ coverage of the election. Godwin is one of the highest ranking Black leaders in the news business, and likely will remain at the helm through the election: Disney, ABC’s parent company, recently renewed her contract.”

Meanwhile, the White House had also jumped in to target Trump as press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre attempted to navigate a Hatch Act violation Tuesday, “I want to be really careful because it was said — he said it as a candidate, obviously, don’t want to comment on 2024.”

“But speaking separately — right? — speaking apart from that and just being very candid here, it’s repugnant and it’s divisive to traffic in racist stereotypes. That’s what we have seen. And that affects all Americans. We’re tearing up all Americans by doing this,” she went on.

“It is, again, divisive and repugnant and it’s coming from, obviously, a former president of the United States,” said Jean-Pierre. “And in any context, it is profane to compare the long, painful history — the long, painful history — of abuse and discrimination suffered by black Americans…to something totally different than self-serving purposes.”

Those who weren’t shilling for the Democratic Party were quick to remind about remarks that President Joe Biden had directed toward black voters and others.

Kevin Haggerty


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