Action to Address WCCO Story
CAAR hosted a discussion on Nov. 19 about the WCCO story that aired on Oct. 31. We invited community member and organizational participation so that we can continue to hold media accountable for stories that hurt people of color, immigrants and those with little or no English language skills.
Below are stories, links and meeting minutes for those who are interested in learning more and/or getting involved.
Late in the day on Wednesday, Nov. 23, WCCO posted an Editor’s Note on its homepage. The three paragraph note confirms that the station misunderstood what the employee at the meat market was saying but does not amount to an apology. Typical corrections would include some note about regretting the error.
For that reason, CAAR and five other organizations on Dec. 1 sent WCCO’s Vice President and General Manager Brien Kennedy, WCCO News Director Mike Caputa, and CBS Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone a Community Letter to CBS and WCCO requesting they air a stronger apology. The letter also asked the station to be more forthcoming and transparent with the details of what happened, and suggested the newsroom meet with community members to discuss the story.
The letter also included the names of 158 individuals from around the world who signed two online petitions. The organizations who signed the letter were:
- MN APIA
- Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
- Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
- Jewish Community Action
- Mainstreet Project