Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC gives new face to cable news

Anna Holmes writes for The Washington Post: “Though [Melissa] Harris-Perry is at ease synthesizing the complexities at the intersections of race, gender and politics, she’s not quite comfortable training that academic gaze on herself. In fact, the woman who may just help revolutionize mainstream news analysis — last week, writing for Alternet, media critic Jennifer Pozner described her as the ‘first black progressive woman to ever solo-host her own news and politics show on a major corporate TV news outlet’ — seems downright reluctant to provide a Big Picture Analysis of her own success, or her effect on the wider cable news landscape, which tends to be white, male and middle-aged.”