• Ryan Trenhaile

Black political consultants form group to push for equity in media coverage

When a routine tally of New York’s top 50 political operatives was published over the summer, a group of Black consultants immediately took note of the list’s lack of racial diversity.

Some of them made the grade but felt they were ranked unjustifiably low, given their professional success. Others weren’t listed at all. So they reached out to the publisher of the news outlet, City & State, to air their concerns.

Last week, after the same publication ran a story claiming a sitting Black female lawmaker “crashed, burned and flamed out,” the consultants said they'd had enough. Despite several apologies and swift corrective action from the publisher, Tom Allon, they are forming an advocacy organization to force change in how they are depicted in media coverage.

The nascent group, Association of Black Lobbyists and Political Consultants, launched with a letter to Allon on Monday demanding sustained improvements.

“The coverage by City & State of Assembly member Richardson is emblematic of the systemic, anti-Black, sexist and misogynistic coverage the media gives Black women candidates, consultants and elected officials,” reads the letter, signed by 18 people. READ MORE ON POLITICO