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Diversity's Greatest Hits, 2011

December 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM

A year in the quest for a news media that looks like America

In June, Michael Copps, the most progressive Federal Communications Commission member, said, "I'll put this simply -- in spite of occasional instances of progress in recent years, media's overall grade in covering, reflecting, explaining and mirroring America's amazing cultural diversity is dreadful.

"Diversity of viewpoint, diversity in ownership, diversity in who and what we see on TV, and diversity in who runs the companies -- all these are worse in media than in most other American industries."

Copps was reacting to a staff report for the commission, "The Information Needs of Communities," which was more neutral in tone -- too neutral, in Copps' view.

Diversity's Greatest Hits, 2011

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