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Maya Contreras @mayatcontreras
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1/First, I am very grateful for an independent media and I have the highest regard for fact-based journalism. That being said, going into 2019, can the media please not have tunnel vision regarding the Presidential election? I have just a few suggestions:
2/Journalists, please remember we're a diverse country and many of us really want to see that reflected in our leadership. Please remember that many of us are desperate for representation. When y'all only focus on Caucasian males as serious contenders it exhausts us.
3/Yes, we'll have the most diverse Congress we've ever had but since 3/4/1789 when Congress first convened approx. 12,249 individuals served of those only 153 African-Americans in total have served since 1870 or a dismal 1.25% Congressional representation. 1.2% folks. A total of 153 African Americans have served in the United States Congress, mostly in the United States House of Representatives. This includes six non-voting members of the House of Representatives who have represented the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, John Willis Menard was elected to the House of Representatives in 1868, and P. B. S. Pinchback was elected both to the House of Repre
4/ When y'all write insipid articles like "Should Romney & Biden serve together?" "Will Bernie & Beto box it out?" "Should Biden, Beto, & Bernie play, rock, paper, scissors for POTUS?" You're ignoring large swaths of the country that want other candidates to get the same coverage
5/PLEASE DON'T HAVE AMNESIA. Y'all treated Clinton like filth. We didn't forget. Don't make up fake click bait controversies like "Kamala wore a pink suit, does that mean she's 'too feminist' or 'not feminist enough'?"
Just warning y'all now. Don't do that 'ish. We won't take it
6/What should you all report on when covering the election? The candidates policies, their taxes, their platform, their voting history, how they want to govern. Since they're running for POTUS a record of health. If they get a cold or flu, don't speculate they're dying. OK?
7/Please remember our country was on the brink breaking. Can y'all keep that in mind for the next 2years? Can you treat this election process with seriousness? Can you not breathlessly cover bigots? Can you focus on serious policy that could fix poverty, the environment, etc?
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