News Clips Oct. 14, 2009

CNN Can’t Have It Both Ways: It Can Either Broadcast Hateful Lou Dobbs or Have a Latino Audience

Latinos across America are intensely concerned about CNN’s hypocrisy: broadcasting Dobbs’ anti-immigrant extremism while running a Latinos in America special series.

As CNN begins broadcasting its Latino in America series (LIA) — its most important and expensive attempt to capture Latino audiences — Latinos are of one mind about the two faces of CNN. I know this because I just spent the last two weeks traveling the country talking to Latino communities about Lou Dobbs and CNN.

Latino groups say ‘Basta!’ to Dobbs, call on CNN to exile him to FOX

CNN next week is airing a series called “Latino in America” in which Soledad O’Brien will explore and celebrate the ways the exploding U.S. Latino population is shaping the country. But isn’t CNN the same station that airs the anti-Latino rantings of Lou Dobbs? It is. And Latino organizations are seizing on the contrasting messages to call “Basta!” on Dobbs.

CNN, You Can’t Have It Both Ways: It’s Either Dobbs or Your Latino Future

On the eve of CNN’s Latino in America series (LIA) — its most important and expensive attempt to capture Latino audiences — Latinos are of one mind about the two faces of CNN. I know this because I just spent the last two weeks traveling the country talking to Latino communities about Lou Dobbs and CNN.

CNN gets called out for hypocrisy and Lou Dobbs

In just a week, CNN will launch its “Latino in America” series, which tells the stories of Latinos from across the country.

Apparently, Lou Dobbs will be absent from the coverage. This has many surprised. Four hours about the Latino experience in America, and not a word about the man who spends every weeknight telling lies about immigrants, and spreading hatred and fear about Latinos.

Immigration Rally Draws Thousands

WASHINGTON — Thousands of immigrants came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a day of lobbying and an afternoon rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform.
The event was timed to the unveiling of an immigration bill by Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois and chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
With President Obama’s stated commitment to immigration reform, advocates for immigrants said they hoped to revive a debate that has been overshadowed by other priorities, like the economy and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As deportations continue to rise, immigration reform is needed now, they said, to allow illegal immigrants to obtain legal status and to stop families from being torn apart.

In the Streets and on Twitter, Activists Demonstrate Tuesday for Immigration Reform

Advocates started gathering Tuesday morning in Washington D.C. and other communities across the country to hold a day of demonstrations for comprehensive immigration reform.
In the nation’s capital, groups started gathering in the morning at the Church of the Reformation before leaving for Capitol Hill, where they will “speak face-to-face with members of Congress, asking for their support of comprehensive immigration reform,” according to America’s Voice, one of the organizers.

Youth Rally For Immigration Reform

Denver — The immigration battle is heating up again. This time, however, with kids tired of seeing their families ripped apart.Tuesday, thousands of people across the country, including in Colorado, marched and rallied to make their feelings known. They are demanding change that they say was promised by the Obama Administration. Chanting “si se puede,” yes we can in Spanish, a large group of immigrants gathered in Longmont. It was the same at the University of Denver.

Immigrant rights group alleges links between Congressman Paul Ryan & FAIR

WITI-TV, RACINE – Immigrant rights group Voces De La Frontera is trying to link Congressman Paul Ryan to a controversial organization, it’s a link the congressman’s office says doesn’t exist.

An immigration rights organization says Ryan participated in a September even linked to the Federation for American Immigration Reform or FAIR. FAIR describes itself as a civil rights organization.,0,6573322.story

Immigration activists call for reform

Expressing frustration with the lack of action by the Obama administration and Congress, hundreds of immigration activists staged a rally Tuesday on Capitol Hill, pressing for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws to offer a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Snowe: Health care bill a ‘good place to start’

(AP) – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON — Sen. Olympia Snowe, the only Republican to support the Finance Committee’s health care bill, said Wednesday she could foresee a government-run plan that would “kick in” if private insurers fail to live up to expectations.

After Finance Vote, ‘Now Comes the Hard Part’

In a health-care debate that has often been as fast-paced and only slightly more interesting than watching paint dry, all sides agreed that Tuesday’s Senate Finance Committee vote to approve reform legislation was a monumentally momentous milestone.

At the White House, a Celebration of Latin Music

Coalition-building came with dance steps, sequins and plenty of rhythm at Fiesta Latina, a concert held Tuesday night in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House as part of the White House Music Series. From the open tent, the White House was the performers’ backdrop.

Capitol event launches study for national Latino museum

WASHINGTON — The National Museum of the American Latino moved one step closer to reality Tuesday with a kickoff event at the U.S. Capitol for the museum’s commission featuring Hollywood actress Eva Longoria Parker and music producer Emilio Estefan.


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