Imagine my disappointment that Black Entertainment Television (BET) has cancelled its nightly news program.
Their explanation? BET says that by the time their nightly news show aired at 11:00 PM EST, many people had already caught up on the headlines of the day, thanks to the internet and 24 hour news channels.
They say, however, that they plan to have news updates throughout the day.
Sure, BET is correct that by the time the 11:00 news rolls around, many people have already caught up on the major news headlines of the day.
The problem is, when I turn on my local news, I really don't see the headlines geared towards people like me: African-Americans.
The beauty of the BET Nightly News was that it focused on the major issues of the day, from the African-American perspective. Sadly, I'm not going to get that on MSNBC or CNN.
The state of black America is at critical mass right now: whether it's the African-American unemployment rate (10.3% in June 2005), or the increase in child poverty. If BET won't use its news program to focus on these issues now, who will?
I guess Air America Radio's Randi Rhodes was prophetic when she recently testified before John Conyer's hearing on media bias that "the news has been cancelled."