Apr 21, 2005

Detroit PTV fired Darrell Dawsey, host of its weekly show America's Black Journal, after the angry collapse of an interview with Keith Butler, a conservative African-American preacher and U.S. Senate candidate, the Michigan Citizen reported. Pressed by the station to interview Butler, Dawsey grilled him for not supporting federal social programs. Media monitor Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute picked up the story. "This is what racism looks like," the fired host said. Prince provides his context: "Dawsey's firing comes as public television is making moves to accommodate right-wing critics nationally." Via SPJ PressNotes.
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