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Chauncey Bailey on ethnic media

November 11, 2008

In this 2001 TV interview with New California Media (now New America Media) host Emil Guillermo, Chauncey Bailey says the Black press “can’t be objective. It was born out of a role of activism. California Voice, founded in 1919, right in here (as he points to the paper) about ‘Blacks charge Alameda cops with abuse.’ You didn’t read that in the major media.” At the time, Chauncey was writing for both a mainstream newspaper, the Oakland Tribune, and the Black newspapers California Voice, Sun Reporter and Metro Reporter. In this clip, he makes a persuasive case that the Black press does a much better job of covering the Black community – one reason: its courage – his courage – in taking on the issue of police wrongdoing.

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