Several levels of unfortunate

Marc Fisher reports today that WAMU has severed their relationship with Jonetta Rose Barras, pictured right, the fiery co-host to Kojo Nnamdi on the Politics Hour on his show every Friday. That’s too bad – she’s a big part of what makes that weekly episode fun, and her slightly-too-far pushing and boisterousness lets us hear the guests and other folks on the show get pushed a little harder without Kojo having to do it.


Equally unfortunate is that she’s chosen to blame WAMU’s refusal to agree to her salary request on the fact that she’s black and a woman. Her requirement may or may not be reasonable, but it’s hard to take this complaint too seriously when she’s appearing on a show hosted by a black man in a timeslot following a woman. Not to mention the fact that everyone who has heard JRB for more than five minutes knows she’s a little… hyperbolic. That’s part of her appeal, but it doesn’t help me to take her seriously when she makes those kind of assertions.


It’s a shame she didn’t choose to take the high road and simply state that WAMU chose not to pay her what she felt was reasonable for the job she performed for them and let everyone else draw their own conclusions. On the other hand, WAMU isn’t on the highest road either, with their statement that “analyst Jonetta Rose Barras is leaving WAMU 88.5,” which may be factually correct even though it omits “feet first.”

Photo from Jonetta Rose Barras’ own website.

4 Comments so far

  1. Politics in America » Several levels of unfortunate (pingback) on May 13th, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

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  2. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on May 13th, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

    Good riddance.

    While always knowledgeable, she always rubbed me the wrong way.

  3. Don (dc_don) on May 13th, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

    Well that was kind of her role, though, wasn’t it? I didn’t always agree with her and found her annoying at times, but it was that quality – a willingness to press people and be somewhat ‘raw’ on calling them on their bullshit – that was what made her valuable, I think.

    Then again, I have never known the show without her, since I moved here post 2002. Perhaps the guests and/or whoever becomes the new permanent person will do the job just as well.

  4. mikelicht on May 13th, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

    Don: Jonetta was preceded by the dulcet-voiced, ever-gracious Mark Plotkin.

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