A series of events involving outright racism in the media have pushed the issue back into the limelight in 2005. First, of course, is the controversy now swirling in the wake of a MediaChannel.org report earlier this week, which revealed a culture of racism within the offices of Metro International, a company that is now in the midst of a deal to sell 49% of its free Boston daily to The New York Times. Metro is scrambling to repair damage done while the racist remarks have added gasoline to the “newspaper war” already raging between the Times-owned Boston Globe and cross-town rival Boston Herald.
The second report comes from Philadelphia where radio shock jocks "Star" and "Buc Wild" at Clear Channel-owned WUSL called an Indian customer service representative "a filthy rat eater" and threatened to "come out there and choke the ‘F’ out of you." Nice. This clip aired without incident last month. It was only after an employee posted it on the station’s Web site, that a public backlash began.
The next report comes from Chicago where radio talent Joel Murphy, aka "Java Joel" was fired from Clear Channel-owned WKSC after he talked on air about adopting "three black kids" and "taking them to the zoo to see where they came from."
My question for you is particularly relevant in the last two cases: How does the consolidation of outlets under a single owner contribute to this caliber of media content?