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Objective black journalists and bloggers cheer black prez?


By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Oct. 15, 2010, 10 a.m. - Raising questions about their objectivity, black journalists and bloggers this week cheered President Obama's apparent impromptu appearance at a White House workshop.

The president, who has assailed 24 hour networks like FOX News, was cheered after he told the bloggers and journalists from The Washington Post-owned Root; NBC-owned The Grio; AOL Black Voices; CBS-owned Black Entertainment Television and  Reach Media-owned Black America Web that most blacks are not watching NBC's "Meet The Press."

Representatives for Essence, Jack & Jill Politics, City Limits, Concrete Loop, and MediaTakeOut were also reported to have been in attendance.

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Obama made the comments at the "black online summit" at the White House on Monday.

The Democratic National Committee is reported to be spending $3 million to reach black voters through the black media, after the administration was assailed for its lack of spending by some in the black-owned press in 2008.

Staffers for Redding News Review, which has been selected the top black site for news distribution for three consecutive years, did not attend the summit.


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