Let’s stop the use of the term “White Hispanic” especially if you are a journalist. We as Hispanics do not use that label. We come in different shades but that’s about it.
On the day of the deadly shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Tariq Nasheed went on Twitter and used the term “White Hispanic” to describe the suspect. The self-proclaimed “Anti-racism strategist” tweeted:
Yes, I heard the term used during the George Zimmerman case, but again that does not make the term acceptable including in news report or social media posts.
People on Twitter slapped Nasheed with harsh criticism for using that term. He found no problem using “White Hispanic” because the government uses it.
Nasheed has yet to respond to my tweets. I’m waiting.
Take it from me, as a person who has been a Hispanic for more than 50 years. We don’t use that term and we don’t divide our people. And as veteran journalist, we know better as reporters not to use government terms when telling a story.
Learn from Tariq Nasheed’s mistake.
Hispanics are Hispanics.
My topic today is Nancy Phillips. I don’t like calling out journalists, but in this case I have to. Phillips ranks high on my “Shame on You” list.
Recently 46 journalists lost their jobs at The Daily News, Philly.com and The Inquirer. The massive layoffs were a move by the Philadelphia Media Network to save money and merge all platforms into one newsroom.
No one likes seeing anyone lose a job. I feel for the 46 journalists who are out of work and that includes my friend, Regina Medina. She’s one of the best investigative reporters in the country.
But what really got under my skin was a tweet by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s City Editor Nancy Phillips. Just days after the massive layoffs, Phillips bragged about a fancy meal on her Twitter page. Where was her compassion for the journalists out of work wondering how they were going to pay for their next meal?
I hope management at the Media Network does something about Phillip’s callous statement. She should apologize on Twitter to those she has hurt with her tweet. Yes this hurts!
Now is the time to show compassion for those who lost their jobs, and figure out a way to help them get work. Nancy Phillips you’re lucky you have a job, but we now know you’re a manager who has no compassion for your fellow journalists. Shame on you!
Police departments in North Texas are showing the world they do have a sense of humor.
My last blog was about the Arlington Police Department having fun on Twitter and Facebook with the snowfall in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They questioned Disney’s Queen Elsa.
Now the Cedar Hill Police Department has posted their “Live in your moment” video featuring Sgt. Larry Wise. It’s the department’s spoof of Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln commercial.
Creative, funny, and worth a watch.
Thanks Sgt. Wise for the laugh! I can’t wait to hear what McConaughey thinks about the spoof.
Let me know what you think of the video.
By now you’ve’ heard about A.J. Clemente or seen the video when he drops the F-bomb and s-bomb at the start of his news show. A.J. was quickly fired by his North Dakota station on his first day as a news anchor.
The first time I saw the video, I felt for sorry for him. But thanks to social media–there is a positive for this rookie in the news business.
His video has gone viral and A.J. is now a web star. He’s living his “15 minutes of fame.”
Tuesday night he was part of Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue. (2:46 into video). David Letterman also mentioned him. He’s the top search name on Google, and A.J. continues to gain more and more followers on Twitter.
Wednesday, A.J. made pit stops at The Today Show, Kelly and Michael Live, and Inside Edition.
THE STORY BEHIND THAT TERRIBLE START
On the Today Show, A.J. was humble, apologetic and explained why those words slipped out of his mouth. He says he had no idea he was on the air. He had no IFB (ear piece), no stage manager giving him time cues, and he was frustrated because he couldn’t pronounce a name right. When the red light on the studio camera lit up, A.J. was still looking down at his script. Here’s more from the Today show:
There is life after a bad experience. Hopefully after all the attention dies down, A.J. will be offered another job. He can report, shoot and edit and of course…anchor.