Black Fox News Staffers Find Work Environment ‘Difficult’

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16:  The FOX News logo at FOX Studios on August 16, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 16: The FOX News logo at FOX Studios on August 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

African-American Fox News staffers find it ‘very difficult’ to work at the network, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler told TheWrap on Thursday,” Jordan Charlton reported for TheWrap.com.

” ‘I’ve talked to some folks who work there and it’s very difficult, especially when you have all the hit pieces that are done on Obama,’ Butler said.

“His comments come as Rupert Murdoch continues to face criticism over a controversial tweet on Wednesday that insinuated President Obama isn’t ‘a real black president.’ Murdoch apologized on Thursday.

“But those disillusioned staffers also told Butler, ‘Look, this is a job, I have to do it, and sometimes you have to just hold your nose and do what you have to do to collect a paycheck.’ Butler, who served as president of the NABJ from 2013-2015, said those employees are good producers who pride themselves on covering news.

“Regarding Murdoch’s comments suggesting the president isn’t an authentic black president, a dumbfounded Butler wondered ‘what does that even mean?’

“He’s not surprised Murdoch isn’t a fan of Obama judging by the editorial policies of his properties, but wouldn’t call him a racist.

” ‘I always stop short of saying someone is being blatantly racist,’ Butler continued before saying it’s troubling for Murdoch, who isn’t black, to be deciding who is ‘black enough. ‘. . .”

“Sarah Glover, current president of the National Association of Black Journalists, declined TheWrap’s request for comment.”

Charlton followed up with an update: “A spokesperson for Fox News said in a statement to TheWrap, ‘We find it extremely suspect that Bob Butler, with whom we had nothing but a good relationship during his two-term tenure as President at the NABJ, would choose now to come out publicly with complaints of the network.

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Source: The Root | RICHARD PRINCE