It’s an interesting hybrid: senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and news commentator for Los Angeles-based The Young Turks.
TYT’s crowdfunded hiring of Shaun King was announced Dec. 28. The interview above, conducted by Francis Maxwell, was taped in New York immediately following the U.S. election and gives a good preview of the kind of matters King will be commenting on.
At the New York tabloid, King has been a lighting rod. In a year-end review of feedback received from readers, the paper summed it up this way:
With his proud advocacy for Black Lives Matter, King got juices flowing. Bill Nuzzo of Kissimmee, Fla. called it “mind-boggling that the Daily News found the funds to employ a racist hatemonger like Shaun King. His columns have done nothing but spew hatred and provide the cop-bashing crowd with more vitriol.”
Conversely, King’s column on his leaving the Democratic Party inspired Eileen Johnson of Manhattan to declare, “Once again [King] got it right, and beautifully articulated. The Daily News should be proud it has one fantastic journalist who is on the right side of history.”
This week, it is the turn of San Diego-based syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette to pick up on one of King’s strands:
And so it is that King recently chided Trump for being “the first president of the United States in 25 years to not have a graduate degree of any kind.” He also took note that [secretary of State pick Rex] Tillerson doesn’t have the same level of education as John Kerry. The current secretary of state has a law degree, and the CEO of Exxon Mobil never went to graduate school.
King also singled out Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, his choice for energy secretary, as academic underachievers. So too Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for treasury secretary.
Check out King’s latest pieces for the Daily News here.