A local Fox News affiliate has egg on its face for the way it covered Maya Angelou’s death. The station’s offense was insensitively reporting something that is common sense to anyone with a working brain.
It is a given that, since the renowned poet and author passed away yesterday, any of her scheduled appearances will be canceled. There is no need to share that bit of information with viewers… unless of course you’re local Texas affiliate Fox 26.
Take a look at the following report:
Angelou passed away at her home in North Carolina at the age of 86.
Angelou, who was friends with civil rights leaders, had been a performer, professor, and activist in her own right. Still, she is best known for her classic “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
“If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat,” Ms. Angelou wrote in her classic.
Unlike some elders, Angelou also had a way of getting through to the younger generation, even bringing late rapper Tupac Shakur to tears during one interaction.
Here is a bit of a conversation Maya Angelou had with Dave Chappelle some years ago:
h/t: Jim Romenesko