As the New York Times’ First Black Executive Editor, Dean Baquet Is in a Distinct Minority

Monica Anderson, Pew Research, May 28, 2014

Just as the May 14 dismissal of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson sparked a debate about gender roles in journalism, the ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper’s newsroom—has renewed the focus on minority hiring in the news industry.

If Baquet is an historic figure at the Times, he is also part of a small minority at U.S. news outlets. Our data analysis finds that in newspaper newsrooms, the percentage of overall staffers and supervisors who are black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or multiracial has remained virtually unchanged in the past two decades—accounting for about one in every 10 positions. The situation is slightly different in broadcast news, where minority staffers are still vastly outnumbered, but their presence has, in some cases, risen modestly.

According to the 2012 newspaper newsroom census from the American Society of News Editors (the latest available data), minorities account for 12% of the workforce. That represents virtually no change since 1994, when minorities represented 11% of newsroom employees and a decline from the high point of 14% in 2005. {snip}


However, it’s worth noting that the percentage of minorities has not changed during a period when newspapers shed nearly 16,000 jobs. ASNE data indicate that the number of minorities employed at newspapers dropped to 4,700 in 2012, which is 1,200 fewer than in 1994.


Additionally, nine percent of local TV general managers and 14% of news directors were minorities in 2012. That represents a modest increase for both positions since 2004. That year, minorities made up 7% of GMs and 12% of news directors. {snip}

The total percentage of minorities working in local radio news has increased from 8% in 2004 to 11% in 2012. {snip}



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  • Dean Baquet? Figurehead.

    Jill Abramson? Figurehead.

    Only two names matter at the NYT: Slim, Sulzberger.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Last week feminazis whined that Abramson was canned for “Editing While Female”.

      When Baquet inevitably flounders libs will moan he was fired for “Editing While Black”.

  • Lewis33

    They couldn’t declare you know who’s minorities in this case as that would raise a whole other question for people to ponder.

  • Standup Broad

    How many assistants (White) will each need in order to “perform”?

    • propagandaoftruth

      Maybe…we’ve just reached certain limits we don’t want to admit to ourselves?

      So…burn witches!!!!

  • Tarczan

    Finally! Someone who will cut through the lies and provide an honest discussion on race.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    If the leftist media really believes that “diversity is our strength,” then why are they so reluctant to embrace it themselves??

    Something’s mighty fishy here…

    • JohnEngelman

      Diversity for thee, not for me.

      The same white liberals who advocate diversity while hiring white liberals, advocate school integration while sending their children to white schools.

      • E7 sharp 9

        For that, JohnEngleman, we can thank the Frankfurt School.

        • One the major social influences in history, yet most have never heard of it.

  • r j p

    However, after Folkenflik pointed out that Baquet was known to have punched several holes in the walls of the Times’ Washington bureau, he acknowledged that he has a “temper,” though he added, “in each case I was mad at somebody above me in rank.” (One of the people above him in rank? Abramson.) from HuffPo.
    Dean Baquet = Angry negro.
    Jill Abramson = too stupid to realize that one allowed liberties that would get anyone else fired on the spot is definitely a future problem. She should have been shopping for a new job the first time the drywall was punched.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Just as the May 14 dismissal of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson sparked a debate about gender roles in journalism, the ascension of Dean Baquet

    This is part of the war on women! Race trumps gender. If I were Baquet, I’d keep an eye out for a gay in a wheelchair.

    What is the NY Times reader demographic? Upper West Side? There won’t be anyone left in NY able to read the NY Time after DeBlasio is done driving out the last literate New Yorkers.

    Let it be so. It’s always a win when lefties eat their own.

    And, it looks like they got the right guy:

    November 8, 2006

    Los Angeles Paper Ousts Top Editor

    Dean Baquet, the editor of The Los Angeles Times, who defied orders from his corporate bosses to cut jobs, was forced out of his own job yesterday, shocking the newsroom just as it was gearing up to cover election returns.

    • E7 sharp 9

      “If I were Baquet, I’d keep an eye out for a gay in a wheelchair.”

      Ha ha ha ha ha!

      Thanks Bon, for the good cleansing, belly laugh.

  • TruthBeTold

    Newspapers are notoriously left-leaning. Who are they blaming for their failure to promote minorities?

    • The print news bigwigs also like to complain that newspapers are dying off. Who are they going to blame for that?

      • IstvanIN

        I don’t buy the newspaper anymore but, the day after the Elliot Rodger murders I was given a copy of the NY Daily News at work. On page four they blamed the murders on White privilege. And they wonder why I don’t buy their rags any more.

        • MikeofAges

          The confusion Rodgers suffered as a person of mixed descent was part of it. You could make a case, he was Asian. not white. An account posted by a person claiming to be an Asian-American woman said he had an affair with her, but was obsessed with blond women of Northern European descent. He described himself as a “virgin” because he had never had relations with an white woman. All of this, if true, will come out soon enough. But not before the media and the political system capitalize on the current meme, that he was a psychotic white male who was inept with women. Not at all. You can debate his race, but he was not delusional. He was a psychopath.

      • Xerxes22

        The blame the internet, loss of advertising and increasing labor cost for their problems.. These are all things that they have no control over. They never touch on how they report the news or how they substitute propaganda for news.

        • Ding, ding, ding: we have a winner! I would only add that they also occasionally like to blame some vague “decline in American literacy”, but if there has been one, shouldn’t the liberal left education “experts”, who have made careers out of dumbing-down American education standards just so Marisol and N’DeShawntavious don’t have their precious self-esteem damaged, take the blame for that?

          I read at an adult level when I was 10, so the dumbing-down of US education didn’t affect me, but then my mother had been a schoolteacher before I was born, and my father was a university physics professor.

          What currently passes for print news has much more obviously declined. My mother used to get “Time” magazine, but we both considered it essentially unreadable well before she allowed her subscription to expire. By then, it appeared to have been written by some rather lazy 10th graders; the photography was still good, but when I want to look at pretty pictures, I prefer “National Geographic”. Her neighbor gets the Wall Street Journal, and Joan gives that to mom when she’s done with it. I love WSJ, especially the big weekend edition. There’s always a lot to think about in that paper, but I can’t think of another one that’s worth the effort.

          The husband of one of my wife’s co-workers gave me a few boxes of “Foreign Affairs” magazines in April. Also great. The industry is capable of producing good material, but for the most part, they don’t want to.

          • benvad

            You probably had a higher than average IQ. If your parents were able to become teachers back in the day, PC values hadn’t taken over the training, yet.

            So you had an enormous leg up on the mestizos & Bantus. I expect nothing from them and standards from us.

      • WR_the_realist

        Long, long ago I subscribed to Newsday, a liberal Long Island rag. When they kept pushing for illegal alien amnesty I ended the subscription. I figured, “Let the illegal aliens buy this paper.” Well, it’s not my fault that the illegal aliens didn’t step up to the plate.

  • LHathaway

    Many of these ‘minorities’ were not born in the USA. Going by their own ‘sensitivity’ guidelines. . why is it OK for them to discriminate against people of color, born here in the USA, in order for them to meet their diversity requirements? Is it a matter of ethics? As long as a certain number of white men are displaced, or X amount of color is added to the mix, it’s A-OK to discriminate against people of color born here in order to advance their tolerance guidelines?

    • MikeofAges

      Civil right guidelines have so tormented the personnel process in America, employers have to go to the “Third Culture” option to avoid potential legal destruction and to hire a coherent workforce. That is the raison d’etre of diversity.

  • MekongDelta69

    I demand he also be a gay illegal alien tranny. I mean, c’mon – who needs a run of the mill affirmative action black guy anymore.

    As the younger generation would say, “That’s so five minutes ago.”

    • dcc2379

      At this point, why does it matter?

  • DonReynolds

    What has happened to the percentage of black and hispanic players in professional and college sports in the past 20 years, or 40 years?

    Apparently, the minority players have come a long way since the Johnny Bright incident during the 1951 game between Oklahoma A&M (now State) and Drake University (Iowa).

    Perhaps all the bright minds, who would otherwise end up in newsrooms, decided to play sports instead.

  • dd121

    Lefties want “diversity” for you, not themselves.

    • benvad

      Right on.

  • Blacks and browns don’t have the brainpower to accurately gather information and write it in a coherent way. Those black anchors on TV? They’re just news readers, speaking from a telepromter, like a certain POTUS.

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    I don’t read your sh*tty newspaper anyway

  • IKUredux

    White journalists, who are lefties, are all liars. They pretend to believe in equality, but they know, deep inside, that it is a LIE! Come on! If Blacks and Hispanics were as smart as Whites, then they would have more jobs in journalism. You think these guys aren’t aware of the fact that they have little to none Blacks? Of course they do! The problem for them is of course, they are very concerned about their own bottom line. Blacks being able to pass totally dumbed down tests to be a fireman, well, that’s something they can sink their teeth into. Hiring dumb ass Blacks to be reporters in an extremely competitive market! Oh, HELL no. My fervent wish is that the New York Times building catches on fire, and all the firemen sent to put out the blaze are Blacks who couldn’t even pass the dumbed down test.

  • M.Magog

    The owners of the NYT know it’s days are numbered. To them a competent candidate does not matter. IT will close no matter what. May as well go out with a minstrel show.

    • MikeofAges

      I’ve worked as a reporter during my career. I hate to see newspapers go down no matter what their politics or editorial stance. The only exception is the New York Times. When the New York Times fails, I will dance a little jig. One of my casual metaphors is “the Church of the New York Times”, which refers to people who think it is enough to loaf around on Sunday morning reading the Sunday paper. When I get the chance, which is not often, I will tell those upper middle class types who says they are agnostic or atheist, “Maybe you can get away with worshiping at the Church of the New York Times, but other people, those not as well off as you are, may need more.”

      When the Grey Lady falls, it might be a turning point in American culture. I hope so.

    • shmo123

      They’ve been saying that the NYT has been on life support for years, or at least since the they borrowed 250 million in 09 from companies owned by Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire. However, despite debt (35 million in interest on that loan itself) lower readership and less advertising revenue, they’re still publishing. It seems impossible.

  • jim b

    It looks to me those percentages of employees pretty much match the numbers in the general public. What’s the problem here?

  • none of your business

    “executive editor” reminds me of all those “strong black women” school principals and superintendents who were supposed to turn black schools and districts around by the mer fact of their being black women. They all had legions of White men doing the real work. Of course that was decades ago and the White men who did the work have all retired and now the schools are worse than ever because virtually all the administrators are black women with hispanics coming up strong.

  • none of your business

    Other than the fact that I didn’t want to constantly read about how horrible Whites are I stopped buying newspapers because of the ad to content ratio. I think the ad to content ratio of the average newspaper is about 85 percent ads to 15 percent content. Who wants to have all that paper cluttering up your house and filling your trash cans.

  • Fathercoughlin

    Diversity is for WHITEY,not the jews. Jews have important work to do–destroying America–and they cant be bothered by minoritee hangers on…OK???

  • E7 sharp 9

    I wish the Times would hire enough negroes to reach a critical mass in order to create the conditions necessary for the editorial staff to chimp-out and destroy the New York Times’ offices.

  • Dr. Blooknok

    You are truly blessed!!

  • Mary

    I feel for you! That reminds me of my own college graduation in the ’90s when I had to suffer through the rantings of San Francisco mayor Willie Brown. He spoke about nothing but racism, as I recall. This lovely treat while I sat in an auditorium with failing air conditioning in June. I don’t think I’ve ever writhed in my chair so much.
    By the way,congrats to your kid.

  • Dr. Blooknok

    Gads, so this is what you get when you take a bozo like this from the back of a sanitation truck and make his a so called reporter.

  • MikeofAges

    That too.

  • Dr. Blooknok

    Ace reporter all the way!

  • Epiminondas

    Can’t wait for Baquet to take down the Times. You know the “end times” are near when liberals actually begin to take their own nonsense seriously.

  • Mary

    I wish I had done the same.

  • Annabelle Pettyjohn

    Of the white employees, how many are Jewish and how many gentile. I bet the whites are predominately Jewish.