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.
Disturbing that it’s OK for TV to ID a Boston bombing suspect only as “a dark-skinned individual.”
— gwen ifill (@pbsgwen) April 17, 2013
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