Diversity of Views IS Balance: Restore Smiley and West to WBEZ
Citing concerns about fairness and balance, WBEZ-FM (91.5), Chicago's large and influential PBS station, has dropped the weekly talk show hosted by Tavis Smiley, the PBS late-night interviewer, and Dr. Cornel West, Professor at Princeton University. Smiley and West had been airing at noon Sundays on WBEZ before it was canceled at the end of September.
Torey Malatia, President and CEO of Chicago Public Media, said the show was "becoming like Democracy Now" and verring too far from WBEZ's declaration of principles, citing objectivity and balance, and failing to cite the paucity of left-wing and even liberal discourse in media.
In a city that is majority non-white, it's desperately important that voices of people of color have a place on WBEZ and Smiley and West are among the nation's most prominent and credible voices in thata milieu.