CNN Identifies Boston Bombing Suspect as ‘Dark-Skinned Male,’ PBS’s Gwen Ifill Takes Offense

By Alexander C. Kaufman Comment

CNN’s John King broke news earlier this hour that authorities have identified a suspect in a video from the Boston Marathon bombing, toting a black backpack believed to contain the explosives.

And the network’s unnamed source described him as a “dark-skinned male.”

That detail didn’t sit easily with PBS’s Gwen Ifill, the managing editor of “Washington Week” and a senior correspondent for “PBS NewsHour.”

She’s long been a sentinel for racial sensitivity. She authored the book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama in 2009 and has spoken frequently about the obstacles she hurdled as a black woman building a career in journalism.

A spokeswoman for CNN did not immediately respond to a call from FishbowlNY requesting comment.

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