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2 Black Reporters Describe Their Experiences at Major Conservative Conference

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Writers Are the 'Other' at Conservative Meeting

It was Thursday, March 3, the second day of the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C., and Julia Craven, politics reporter at the Huffington Post, and Tyler Tynes, a politics fellow there, were gathering material for what would become a piece the Huffington Post headlined, "What Happened When 2 Black Reporters Attended The Biggest Conservative Conference In The U.S." The subhead was, "A lot of staring, for one thing."

"Before we arrived at CPAC, we didn’t have much of an idea of what we were getting into," Craven and Tynes wrote Tuesday. "Within a few minutes, however, we realized we'd stepped into one of those environments. You learn to recognize them pretty quickly — they're the places where whiteness is the default way of thinking and being.

"It's not that people of color are met with open hostility if they show up at places like these (at least most of the time). But it always becomes clear, in a million little ways, that we're an afterthought, an Other. In places like these, if someone gets up and makes a speech about 'people,' they don't always mean 'people.'


"A lot of the time, they just mean 'white people.'

"Most of CPAC's 2,600-plus attendees this year were white, and during the two days we were there, we saw maybe 30 black people. At times, it seemed as though people thought we were protesters instead of reporters.

"During our interactions with attendees, two assumptions kept coming up: that we were writers for HuffPost’s Black Voices team — who are all great! — or that we wouldn’t report any story fairly. When we clarified that we are politics reporters, the bemused looks we got seemed to say: Only culture writers write about race. What does race have to do with political coverage? When we said we were with The Huffington Post, that seemed to clear things up for people. . . ."

Craven and Tynes also wrote, "Some people stared openly at our clothes and our kinky hair. A group of college students laughed at the Howard University hoodie one of us wore. 'That's not Harvard,' one kid said. (It's not. It's a historically black university in Washington, D.C. Thurgood Marshall went to law school there.) Another student looked one of us up and down and said, 'What is she wearing?' (Answer: She was wearing a black sweater, black tights and black boots. She looked nice.)


"We also saw a man in a bright red polo shirt wearing a gold pin that read 'Goldwater for President' — a reference to former Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), who died in 1998. Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act and was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan during his 1964 presidential bid.

"But if many CPAC attendees seemed dismissive of the thoughts, feelings and concerns of black people, they were only following the example of many speakers. During a panel on criminal justice reform, we sat and watched conservatives of all races argue that mass incarceration was not a human rights catastrophe, but rather a sign of how America's war on crime has been a success.


"And it all came back to 'culture' — with the implication that if black people are locked up or dying in poverty or being killed by police at higher rates than white people, maybe it's kind of, you know, their own fault. . . ."

Analysts See Geographic Divide Among Blacks

"Tuesday's results in Michigan showed a significant potential problem for Hillary Clinton: her advantage among African-American voters was smaller in a state outside of the South," Perry Bacon Jr. wrote Wednesday for NBC News.


“Exit polls in Michigan showed that the former secretary of state won about 68 percent of the black vote. That was a large margin over Bernie Sanders, but Clinton had won more than 80 percent of the black vote in states like Alabama and Georgia. About 90 percent of black voters in Tuesday's primary in Mississippi backed her.

"And while the exit polls are just surveys and are at times inaccurate, the actual voting returns tell a similar story. Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit, is about 40 percent black. Clinton won about 60 percent of the vote there.


"While that is a substantial margin, voters in other large, urban counties with big African-American populations have been much supportive of Clinton. . . ."

In the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday, Kathleen Gray and Todd Spangler quoted Darci McConnell, a former reporter at the Free Press and Detroit News who headed the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.


They wrote, "Clinton did far better with black voters, as expected, winning that bloc, 65%-31%, but that was a much smaller margin than in Southern states, and black voters made up less than one-quarter of those voting. And among the 68% of voters who were white, Sanders won handily, 57%-41%.

"Darci McConnell, a Detroit political consultant, said Clinton took the African-American vote for granted.


" 'The first commercial I saw courting the black vote was from Bernie. The first mailer I got was a few weeks ago from Bernie, and the first mailer I got from Hillary last week was asking for money,' she said. 'Don’t make the mistake of assuming that folks will be there, especially when it comes to young folks.' . . ."

Charles M. Blow, writing in the New York Times, recalled Wednesday that he had written in February, "There isn’t one black America, but two: The children of the Great Migration and the children of those who stayed behind in the South. (Black immigrants are another story.) Having spent the first half of my life in the South and the second in Great Migration destination cities, I can attest that the sensibilities are as different as night and day. . . ."


Exit poll information for Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans was not available.

Meanwhile, NewsOne Now announced Wednesday, "This Sunday at 8/7c, TV One and CNN will host the Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall helmed by NewsOne Now's Roland Martin and CNN’s Jake Tapper at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium. . . ."


5 Michigan TV Stations Plan Telethon for Flint

"People watching and reading news about Flint residents being exposed to poisoned water have donated water, have expressed their outrage on social media and have written letters to everyone from the governor to the President," Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley wrote on Wednesday.

"But what they really wanted to know was how to help the thousands of children who might experience permanent damage from Flint River water not treated with anti-corrosives that flowed through lead pipes to home taps for more than 18 months.


"Five Michigan television stations plan to provide a way: WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit; WEYI-TV (Flint); WILX-TV (Lansing); WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids); and WWTV 9/10 (northern Michigan) will host 'Flint Water Crisis: 4 Our Families,' a telethon to raise funds for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Flint Child Health and Development Fund ( . . ."

Riley also wrote, "The stations will all cut in to regular programming with updates from the telethon from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. WDIV will cut in to nearly every show, including 'Today,' 'Ellen' and 'Live in the D.' The telethon will be headquartered at the Detroit TV station with a phone bank at the Art Van Furniture store at 4577 Miller Road.. . ."


Cokie Roberts Presses Trump on Racial Harassment

"Speaking to Donald Trump on Morning Joe Wednesday, NPR’s Cokie Roberts demanded to know if the GOP frontrunner was 'proud' of the reports of white children harassing and taunting their darker skinned peers, citing Trump’s incendiary nativist rhetoric," Sam Reisman reported for Mediaite.

'"Trump responded that it was a 'nasty” question, that he was unaware of any such reports, and furthermore, that he was going to 'make America great again.'


"Roberts challenged Trump: 'There have been incidents of children, white children, pointing to their darker skinned classmates and saying, "You’ll be deported when Donald Trump is president." There have been incidents of white kids at basketball games holding up signs to teams which have [Hispanic] kids on them saying, "We’re going to build a wall to keep you out." Are you proud of that? Is that something you’ve done in American political and social discourse that you’re proud of?'

“ 'Well, I think your question is a very nasty question,' Trump responded. 'And I’m not proud of it because I didn’t even hear of it. Okay? And I don’t like it at all when I hear about it.'


"Roberts remarked that the reports had appeared in many newspapers.

"Over Trump’s interruptions, Roberts pressed him. . . ."

"At Wednesday night's Univision/CNN Democratic debate in Miami, moderator Karen Tumulty asked Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders directly whether they consider Donald Trump a racist," Ben Mathis-Lilley reported for "Neither would say so. . . ."


Clinton and Sanders "clashed vividly over immigration reform, health care and Cuba . . . as the two Democrats appealed to Hispanic voters and tried to outdo each other in assailing Donald J. Trump," Patrick Healy and Amy Chozick reported for the New York Times.

Agence France-Presse: How Hillary Clinton cornered the black vote

Kenneth Buck, Baltimore Sun: The GOP's Southern Strategy lives on

Adrian Carrasquillo, BuzzFeed: What If Trump Was The Nominee And No One Went On Spanish-Language TV To Defend Him?


Jarvis DeBerry, | the Times-Picayune: When debates lead to anatomical [putdowns] nd boasts

Editorial, Cincinnati Enquirer: Endorsement: John Kasich has the vision

Editorial, Dallas Morning News: Fight, flight or all right? Different Trump narratives reflect GOP disarray


Editorial, Detroit Free Press: What we learned from the Michigan primary

Cydney Hargis and Bobby Lewis, Media Matters for America: Conservatives Blame Obama For Creating Trump With Partisanship, Despite Republican Vows Of Gridlock


Natalie Jackson, Ariel Edwards-Levy and Janie Velencia, Huffington Post: HUFFPOLLSTER: How Sanders Stunned Pollsters In Michigan

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours


Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Gustavo López, Pew Research Center: Democratic edge in Hispanic voter registration grows in Florida

Suevon Lee and Sarah Smith, ProPublica: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws


David A. Love, Bernie Sanders’ ghettos and the soft bigotry of low expectations

Glenn Minnis, Latin Post: Bernie Sanders Floods Airwaves in Florida Hoping to Land Latino Vote


Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: How Latinos will vote

Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Vote your values. (Bernie has mine.)

Andrés Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Don’t compare Trump to Hitler!

Chris O'Shea, FishbowlNY: Trump Mag Was as Bad as You Think It Was

Ray Perez, Latino Rebels: Why I Won’t Vote for Hillary If Bernie Doesn’t Get the Nomination


Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Will Latinos wall off Trump from the White House?

Albor Ruiz, Al Día, Philadelphia: The Trump effect: Latinos naturalize in order to defeat him


Rick Sanchez, Fox News Latino: Anti-Trump Latinos reaching record levels in Florida

Nate Silver, What Went Down In The March 8 Presidential Primaries


Bankole Thompson, Ebony: Sanders' Upset over Clinton in Michigan Reveals the Political Gray Areas

Héctor Tobar, New York Times: Latinos’ Slow-Burn Anger

Mark Trahant, Trahant Reports: #NATIVEVOTE16 – Hello June, July, It's Going to Be a Long Campaign Season


Julio Ricardo Varela, Latino USA: Clinton Campaign: Charges of Role in 2009 Honduran Coup Are ‘Simply Nonsense’

Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press: Young Arab-American Muslim voters helped fuel Sanders' win


Erik Wemple, Washington Post: Wolf Blitzer’s dreadful Rubio moment

Bill Whalen, Sacramento Bee: Two Oaklands could have deciding role in Trump-Clinton race


A.B. Wilkinson, Huffington Post: Media Blind Spots: The Ghetto and Bernie Sanders

Vanessa Williams and John Wagner, Washington Post: Awkward reality for Bernie Sanders: A strategy focused on whiter states


Administration Worked Against More FOIA Access

"The Obama administration has long called itself the most transparent administration in history," Jason Leopold reported Wednesday for VICE News. "But newly released Department of Justice (DOJ) documents show that the White House has actually worked aggressively behind the scenes to scuttle congressional reforms designed to give the public better access to information possessed by the federal government.

"The documents were obtained by the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports journalism in the public interest, which in turn shared them exclusively with VICE News. They were obtained using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) — the same law Congress was attempting to reform. The group sued the DOJ last December after its FOIA requests went unanswered for more than a year. . . ."


Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press: Media to feds: Give us the mug shots — they're public

Mike Cavender, Radio Television Digital News Association: Obama's administration should stop fighting FOIA reform


Spike Lee to Make Film on Mizzou Protests

"For his next project, Spike Lee will focus on the protests that rocked the University of Missouri last fall," Taryn Finley wrote Wednesday for HuffPost BlackVoices.

"The short film, titled '2 Fists Up,' will be a part of Lee's 'Spike Lee's Lil' Joints' series. It will include how Mizzou's football team stood in solidarity with the campus organization Concerned Student 1950 to combat racial tensions on campus, which ultimately led to the university's system president's resignation. . . ."


Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star: Efforts to tackle racism at MU would work best with ongoing, open, meaningful talks, not filmmaking drama

Deron Lee, Columbia Journalism Review: How the Melissa Click case highlights tensions around police body-cam footage


Michaela Pereira Leaving CNN's 'New Day' for HLN

"CNN is splitting up the morning family at 'New Day,'Stephen Battaglio reported Tuesday for the Los Angeles Times.

"Co-host Michaela Pereira announced Tuesday that she will leave the morning program at the end of April to become an anchor at CNN’s sister channel HLN later this year.


"Pereira will have her own three-hour daytime news show, which does not yet have a title or launch date. But CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz told the Los Angeles Times the format will be similar in style and tone to HLN’s daily program 'Morning Express With Robin Meade.' . . ."

Blacks, Hispanics Biggest Viewers of Live TV

"Young multicultural viewers are still subscribing to and watching traditional television as both broadcast and cable networks have offered shows like Black-ish, Empire and Fresh Off the Boat that reflect their images and experiences," R. Thomas Umstead reported Wednesday for Multichannel News.


"But that hasn’t stopped them from increasing their consumption of OTT streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, according to a report presented Wednesday (March 9) during the 16th annual Horowitz Associates Cultural Insights Forum. "Urban content viewers — defined as multicultural viewers watching TV content in heavily populated markets — in general watch 51% of their weekly TV viewing live, while streaming represents 30% of their TV viewing, according to Horowitz’s Multicultural Matters audience report. Black viewers (58%) are the biggest consumers of live programming, ahead of Spanish-language dominant Hispanic (53%), Asian (48%) and white viewers (47%). . . ."

Journalists Barred From Access to Refugees

"The migration crisis has become the most compelling story in Europe," Jean-Paul Marthoz reported Monday for the Committee to Protect Journalists.


"It dominates televised news with dramatic footage of migrants on rickety boats trying to reach Greek islands from the Turkish mainland, families blocked at border checkpoints in the Balkans, or expelled by the police from improvised camps in the so-called Jungle in Calais, northern France. It overwhelms papers' political sections, op-ed pages, and forums with polemics on the confusion and division of EU policies. It floods social media with outraged or outrageous statements.

"Journalists however, increasingly find themselves banned from covering the story on the ground. Last year, Hungary's center-right government, which erected a razor-wire fence along the country's borders with Serbia and Croatia, set the template in hampering journalists' work. CPJ documented last year how, on a single day in September, seven journalists covering the migrant story were beaten or arrested in separate incidents by Hungarian police.


"Hungarian police denied attacking journalists, The Associated Press reported. The press was also banned from entering refugee camps or transit centers, with the general director of Hungary's office of immigration telling the rights group Hungarian Civil Liberties Union the ban was to protect refugees' privacy and security. On September 3, riot police ordered journalists to leave a railway station in Bicske, where one of Hungary's main refugee camps is, after declaring the station an 'operation zone,' the rights group reported.

"Access to refugee centers has been limited in other countries too. . . ."

Editorial, New York Times: The Next Level of the Refugee Crisis

Short Takes

"HBO is picking up programming from Fusion," Bryn Elise Sandberg reported Tuesday for the Hollywood Reporter. "The premium cable network has licensed two projects from the millennial-skewing multi-platform media company: a ten-episode, half-hour series, Outpost, and an hour-long special, Hate in America With Jorge Ramos. Outpost takes viewers on an immersive exploration of Latin America, offering authentic local perspectives on environment, sports and culture. Meanwhile, Hate in America follows journalist Jorge Ramos as he examines the state of hate in America — from white separatists to anti-immigrant activists — investigating why hatred seems to be growing and who is feeding it. It marks Ramos’ first program in English. . . ."


NPR's David Folkenflik followed up Wednesday on the parting of the ways between MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and the network last month. MSNBC President Phil Griffin, discussing Harris-Perry's memo outlining her complaints that she was being sidelined, said, "You know, I was surprised by the memo only in the sense that we had a four-year relationship with Melissa where, you know, we created, really — you know, this really terrific program that we loved (audio) and that brought different voices and that was sort of a big part of the MSNBC sensibility." Harris-Perry said, "It became clearer and clearer that we were an odd entity on the network. By the time we were getting to 2016, it was pretty clear that the show was something that wasn't very much like anything else that was happening at MSNBC. . . ."

"The New Yorker’s style and presence have defined high-brow urbane cultural sophistication for nearly a century," Aaron Sanchez wrote Monday for Latino Rebels. "Through E. B. White’s additions to William Strunk’s Elements of Style, students across the nation for generations learned the standards of writing through a classic New Yorker style. Time even described Strunk & White, as it is commonly known, as “a timeless reminder of the simplicity of proper writing." While the magazine has been in publication since 1925, Latinos have been absent from its pages for most of that time. . . ."


"It’s not too often that a major fashion magazine declares, 'Black is beautiful,' but Vogue Spain (Vogue España) just did for its March issue," Yesha Callahan wrote Monday for The Root. "Not only is Ivorian-British model Aya Jones giving all types of #BlackGirlMagic on the cover, but she’s also rocking a simple set of cornrows. The photo editorial was shot in Botswana . . . ."

"The African-American and Latino communities were badly underrepresented in climate change discussions on the network Sunday shows last year, according to a new Media Matters analysis, despite being among those who are most vulnerable to climate impacts," Denise Robbins reported Wednesday for Media Matters for America. "Of the 33 guests invited onto the major broadcast networks' Sunday news shows to discuss climate change last year, only 12 percent were non-white. . . ."


"A new radio pilot from San Francisco’s KQED aims to take a close look at racial tensions by getting into personal stories of race and culture in everyday life," Tyler Falk reported Tuesday for "Truth Be Told, which combines storytelling with panel discussions, will be distributed nationally by Public Radio International next month. Producers are in the midst of piloting four hourlong episodes about race at work, on campus and in dating, as well as a program exploring the definition of whiteness. Stories collected from the public via email, a voicemail call-in line and social media fuel the show. . . ."

"An initiative to help media creators of color break into public broadcasting is also helping those artists realize the importance of their voices," Dru Sefton reported Monday for "The 360 Incubator and Fund from the National Black Programming Consortium is now taking applications for its second year of fellows, who receive mentorship, training and networking opportunities through NBPC and other public and commercial media professionals. . . ."


"Native Americans have a strong story-telling tradition. However, they tend to be underrepresented in the media," Lucas Amundson reported Tuesday for the Dakota Student. "Television, especially, has a distinct lack of Native American voices. compared to other ethnicity. The Indigenous News Network was founded by UND professor, Mark Trahant, to increase the number of young Native Americans in news media. According to their Facebook page, INN is 'the University of North Dakota’s initiative to recruit, train and prepare the next generation of Native journalists across the United States and Canada.' . . ."

"Less than a week after calling President Barack Obama 'the worst president we’ve ever had,' Mike Ditka lost his job on ESPN’s marquee Sunday football program," reported on Wednesday. It also said, "The Pro Football Hall of Famer expressed a preference for Donald Trump for president." Chris De Luca reported last week for the Chicago Sun-Times, "In guidelines sent recently to all ESPN on-air talent, analysts have been warned to avoid discussing politics. . . ."


Former restaurateur B. Smith, a pioneering fashion model who appeared on NBC's "Today" cooking segments and had her own syndicated television show, talks about her struggle with Alzheimer's disease in her new book, Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's (Harmony Books), Jenice Armstrong wrote Wednesday for For Smith's husband, Dan Gasby, "Before I Forget is a call to action particularly to African-Americans, who are two to three times more likely to contract the disease than whites, according to the African-American Network Against Alzheimer's. More blacks need to participate in clinical trials to help researchers determine why that is. . . ."

"Will Lee has put his stamp on," Tom Zind wrote Feb. 23 for folio:. "Since the TMZ and Hollywood Reporter veteran became digital editorial director for and in October 2014, traffic has exploded. . . . Folio: talked with Lee about his approach, what’s working and why. . . ."


"Three noted journalism leaders will bring their industry expertise to The Poynter Institute as adjunct faculty: Danielle Ivory, an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times; Joy Mayer, an engagement strategist who spent the last 12 years as an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; and Mizell Stewart III, managing director and chief content officer for Journal Media Group," the institute announced on Tuesday.

"Orlando Watson, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee and the Communications Director for Black Media is leaving, according to an email obtained by NBC, " Lauren Victoria Burke reported Monday for NBCBLK. "Watson's last day with the RNC was March 4th. Just two weeks earlier, Watson set up an off-the-record session with African American reporters and RNC Chair Reince Priebus. Many journalists in attendance came away with an appreciation for the bluntness and directness expressed at the session which featured candid questions from the press and even more candid answers from Priebus, regarding the GOP this cycle. . . ."


"Instructors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions are invited to apply for the seventh annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas at El Paso May 20 to 26," the news fund announced Tuesday. "For the past six years, the workshop has trained more than 70 educators from Hispanic-serving institutions who brought back digital reporting skills to their classrooms. This year the academy will also include instructors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. . . .". Application form

"The South Dakota Newspaper Association is in the process of conducting oral and visual interviews with several longtime newspaper editors and publishers with long records of covering news and events in South Dakota," Native Sun News reported on March 2. "On Saturday, Feb. 27, the student journalists under the direction of Dr. Teri Finneman conducted a two-hour interview with Lakota journalist, editor and publisher Tim Giago. The video of the interview will be placed in the archives of the SDNA. . . ."


On the second of two days of coverage of the 8th annual Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona, C-SPAN2 plans to air sessions on immigration starting at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, re-airing Monday at midnight. They feature Margaret Regan, author of "Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire"; Linda Martín Alcoff, author of "The Future of Whiteness"; and Felipe Fernández-Armesto, author of "Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States."

On C-SPAN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. ET, repeating Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, Michael Eric Dyson discusses his "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America" with April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and author of "The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America."


"Turkish prosecutors should immediately drop all charges against newspaper editor Barış İnce," the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. "An Istanbul court on Tuesday sentenced the editor to 21 months in prison for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an acrostic presented first as a court document in an unrelated trial, and subsequently published in the editor’s newspaper . . . ," the press-freedom group said.

Referring to South Sudan, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday it "condemns the appalling torture to which newspaper reporter Joseph Afandi was subjected just two weeks after his release from a long period of detention, and calls on the government to guarantee the safety of journalists in South Sudan. It has only just been reported that Afandi was found badly beaten and burned near a cemetery in the capital, Juba, four days ago, and is now hospitalized. A colleague, Ibrahim Awuol, said he has serious leg injuries caused by burning plastic. . . ."


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