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Media ObamaNation

Obama’s First Post-Election Interview: Ebony Or 60 Minutes?

It’s the interview every news publication worth their salt, or still in business, is vying to get -the first post-election interview with President-elect Barack Obama.

Variety is boasting that CBS’ 60 Minutes has nabbed the first interview, but the sit-down doesn’t actually take place until Friday, and Reuters is reporting that Obama has already given an interview to Johnson Publishing’s Ebony magazine, one of the oldest black-owned publications.

So, Ebony scored the first print post-election interview while 60 Minutes nabbed the first television interview, but technically Ebony takes the prize for nabbing the overall first interview.

Obama spoke with the Chicago-based publication about political issues, the international reaction to his election and his hopes of capitalizing on the enthusiasm of his supporters.

“I’m very humbled by the fact that I stand on the shoulders of all the people who made these incredible contributions to lift this country up,” Obama said in the interview.

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Media Race Matters TV

Variety Calls CNN’s Black in America “Vanilla as Documentaries Get”

CNN’s documentary series, “Black in America,” earned negative reviews from Variety, which calls anchor Soledad O’Brien’s reporting “at best skin-deep…This project is ultimately about as vanilla as documentaries get.”

With its three parts (“The Black Woman & Family,” “King Assassination” and “The Black Man”), the series, according to Variety, “seems like a Nickelodeon special for kids who have never met a black person–aimed at an audience completely naive about the African-American experience.”

What do you think?

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