I’ve cared about this for 12 years & seen it ignored so long I can come off a little ornery on the topic. I’ve seen plenty of white newsroom leaders care about diversity & champion it but the problem is everyone gives up super quickly. The efforts are always measured against 1/x
Robust, existing, well-funded mainstream newsroom efforts and then after a few months it’s like oh well abandon ship! OR staffers of color are hired but 1) they aren’t empowered 2) they succeed (good!) and leave for better jobs, but aren’t replaced. Also, why do they leave? 2/x
Well, sometimes another place wants to pay them a lot more! But why aren’t they valued like senior white colleagues are by execs? I’m not talking out of my ass I’ve seen this happen as recently as this year with someone. Where is the exec stepping in to say “we can’t lose you”?
Back to empowering. Do you know how exhausting it is to be the “staffer of color” but not get paid for that extra layer of responsibility? If you promote your great hires now they are in management roles and can shape coverage and hiring decisions. It’s a business prerogative.

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28 Sep 20
NEW @UnivisionNews poll of Latino voters:


Biden 66%
Trump 24%


Biden 66%
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Biden 65%
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Biden: 52%
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Florida, where Biden is up only 16 points, continues to resist Biden improvement in this late stage. Consider that he held a 19 point advantage in Univision’s March poll.

Also, Trump’s overall approval among Hispanics is 30%, but in Florida it’s 39%.
The other states and national numbers look good for Biden. Additionally, coronavirus is biggest concern for 40% of Latinos, while 73% disapprove of Trump's management of the pandemic and 61% believe that Biden would have handled it better.
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24 Sep 20
One way Clinton appears to surpass Biden Latino operation is in use of Spanish-language media to spread message of how its policies would impact the community. Clinton camp touted the most "candidate time" to Latino outlets ever, with Clinton doing Univision and Telemundo 6 times
Biden did Jorge Ramos and Univision ahead of Nevada caucus and José Díaz-Balart on Telemundo last week. A source close to Biden camp said staffers tried to get Biden on Spanish-language TV more often, only to have the idea nixed by other staffers.
The thought was the campaign was avoiding having Biden get boxed in by questions on immigration, where he is quick to defend his old boss Obama, scoffing at comparisons of his deportation policies and Trump's, but which takes him away from discussing his own plans and policies.
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Former Obama pollster @AmandiOnAir gave me a telling response on efficacy of socialism attacks on Biden:

“If you don't believe that the socialism attacks against Democrats work in places like Florida, just ask Governor Andrew Gillum and Senator Bill Nelson.”
—> “Those candidacies should have been successful in a massive blue wave year for Democrats, but were tripped up by overperformance by the Republicans with Hispanic voters that used the 'socialism' attack as one of the centerpieces of opposition."
A key thing I heard: White, senior Democrats can’t comprehend the Biden socialism attack — he clearly isn’t one, they scoff at it, and dismiss it. “No one believes that though, right?” That’s a mistake because people do believe it and you need to message against it.
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Oh this ABC News tribute to Chadwick Boseman is powerful and sure to provoke tears. Many MCU Actors began with straight to camera videos from home speaking about him.
This special is so important. It’s a greatest hits of the viral clips of the last couple days but it’s also a beautiful package of his importance and place in history. It’s so well done.
Special includes not just that his last tweet was celebrating the choice of Kamala Harris as VP nominee, but also clip of Harris discussing it.
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The campaign plans “a full 360 degree effort” to engage Caribbean-American voters, including with paid radio ads in Creole and English and possible interviews with Harris with local hosts who have audiences with roots in the West Indies.
Marlon Hill, Miami county commission candidate said he considers himself African-American & Jamaican. He said Harris who attended historically Black Howard University & was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority “appeals to the broadest definition of Blackness in America in 2020”
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3 Aug 20
A year ago, in the aftermath of the El Paso hate crime, I couldn’t sit still w/ myself, my mind scattered about what it meant and what came next. I wrote a few pieces on the shooting and how Latinos across the country were feeling. I received 160 messages and shared many below 👇🏽
The first piece I wrote looked at the immigration debate and what we tell ourselves it’s about.

For @newrepublic I also tracked down Trump’s invasion language everyone was citing. He called immigration along the southern border an “invasion” six times in seven months: Image
At a rally in May, Trump asked, “How do you stop these people?” A follower in the crowd responded, “shoot them.” Trump laughed and pointed. newrepublic.com/article/154655…
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