Tell CNN Not to Hire Bill Bennett

Jan 12 2006

A few months ago, we demanded that right-wing talk show host Bill Bennett take responsibility and apologize for racist remarks he made on his national radio show. In September, he said the following:

I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.

Bennett's words perpetuated the idea that Black people are part of a criminal class. Now, only a few months later, CNN is about to hire him. At the time of Bennett's remarks, we put pressure on the Salem Radio Network -- which distributes his show -- to fire Bennett unless he apologized. He has not apologized, and he has not addressed the racist logic at the core of what he said.

We need your help in putting pressure on CNN. They haven't yet confirmed their decision, and they need to know that hiring Bill Bennett would be wrong. Please join us in telling CNN that hiring Bill Bennett would be a huge mistake.

This campaign has concluded.

Areas: Media Accountability | Right-wing Racism