CNN anchor confusion at the New York Post highlights larger problems with race
When the New York Post wrote about former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s cool new job as a correspondent on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, they made a not-so-tiny mistake:
They illustrated it with a photo of CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin, currently the channel’s highest-profile Latina anchor.
The mixup was particularly problematic for the New York Post for its recent history; it is now the subject of lawsuit by two young men featured in a cover photo during the search for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing back in April.
The photo, headlined "Bag Men," made them look like the suspects even though they were innocent; both young men are also non-white, and one of their attorneys has accused the newspaper of racial profiling by highlighting them with so little proof.
This is also the newspaper which published a cartoon some said compared President Obama to a monkey, suggesting the simian wrote the stimulus bill that the president enacted in the first year of his administration.
Even for a publication following the supremely loose standard of a New York tabloid, perhaps it’s time to tighten up the ship a bit.