Shirley Johnson, Williams2 Public Relations
News Coverage Continues To Vilify Black Leaders and Misrepresents Their Collective Stories
(Black PR Wire) CINCINNATI, December 12, 2017 – The Black Agenda Cincinnati (BAC) has publicly denounced the city’s flagship media outlet, the Cincinnati Enquirer for its negative and bias news coverage of the black community. BAC is a group of individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of Black Cincinnatians.
Under the leadership of Dwight Tillery, former Cincinnati Mayor and president of BAC and the Center for Closing the Health Gap, publicly states its disappointment and demands to ensure that future reporting of articles are balanced and fair with malicious intent.
“This paper has destroyed the reputation of people and their organizations with the utmost dishonesty and a racial venom that will continue to go unchecked unless our community stands up and demands change,” said Tillery.
After numerous meetings with Cincinnati’s editorial board, the group has stated that there has been no improvement in reporting. BAC is asking that the editor, Michael Kilian resign immediately.
“This ongoing institutional racism and biased reporting from our city’s flagship media outlet must stop,” said Bishop Bobby Hilton, pastor of Cincinnati’s World of Deliverance Ministries and one of the country’s leading civil rights advocates. “Story after story, year after year, the Enquirer promotes racial division, vilifies our black leaders and misrepresents our collective story. It’s wrong, and the time has come for us to speak up once again and demand change.”
Leaders joining Tillery in efforts to bring about positive change in news coverage are as follows:
- Bishop Bobby Hilton, Pastor, World of Deliverance Ministries
- Mark Mallory, former Cincinnati Mayor and President of Mark Mallory & Associates
- Robert Richardson, Sr., President, Cincinnati Chapter of NAACP
- Charlie Winburn, Councilmember, City of Cincinnati
For updated information and efforts by Black Agenda Cincinnati, visit http://www.theblackagendacincy.org/ or its social media platforms Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBACincy/ and twitter: @blackagenda513.