Black journalists protest debate exclusion

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 18 at 12:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of black journalists says it is disappointed in the lack of ethnic diversity among the people chosen to moderate presidential debates.

The National Association of Black Journalists said Friday that the Commission on Presidential Debates needed to stop treating black reporters and other minority journalists as if they were unqualified, invisible or both.

Candy Crowley of CNN, Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS News were selected to moderate the three debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney this fall. Martha Raddatz of ABC News will moderate the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican candidate Paul Ryan.

A commission representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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