PBS NewsHour celebrated the award that one of its reporters, White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, received from the White House Correspondents Association. But PBS and the WHCA did not acknowledge that Alcindor’s blatant partisanship exposed journalism’s anti-Trump leanings.
In a press release, PBS NewsHour praised Alcindor’s award from the WHCA, “PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor Named Recipient of WHCA’s Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage.” PBS quoted WHCA judges for the award, who said that Alcindor was “serious, incisive and – though she has a quiet demeanor – tough as nails.” The judges highlighted her character qualities, such as “integrity, impartial analysis, breadth and depth of knowledge of the presidency.”
However, PBS and the WHCA ignored Alcindor’s increasing partisanship while covering the Trump White House.
She accused U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams, who is black, of racism in his advice for minority communities to spread awareness about preventing the coronavirus’s spread. Alcindor also failed to fact-check the president’s claims about anarchists participating in riots across the country after the death of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody in Minnesota. Alcindor criticized Trump for holding a March rally at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but she forgot that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden also held a political rally in the same month.