Ex-ABC Reporter Blasts News Coverage of Puerto Rico: ‘Not Enough Latino Voices at the Networks’
Former Good Morning America reporter Antonio Mora called out Fox News — while appearing on the network — for their poor coverage of Puerto Rico’s struggles after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
While appearing on the show MediaBuzz, Mora told host Howard Kurtz that a lack of “latino voices” in mainstream news was a major factor in the lack of coverage the hurricane damage received from Fox News and other networks.
Mora’s full comments on the issue went as follows:
“Honestly, the only way I can explain it from a network standpoint, is that simply there’s not enough Latino voices at the networks who might’ve cried out and said, ‘Guys, you cannot make this coverage so different’… But I do believe that there is a lack of Latino representation at the networks, in the executive suites and in the executive producer ranks, and the anchor ranks. From Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to midnight, there is not one Latino, zero, at CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, or CBS News.”
Mora went on to say that if Latin Americans did have significant roles at major networks, they would have been quicker to cover the hurricane disaster, rather than waiting till relatively recently to begin providing consistent reporting on the American territory.
As one of the first Hispanic American men to anchor a major network news program, Mora has personal ties to this issue. He worked at ABC News for a number of years, but moved on to a host a show on Al Jazeera America.
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