By DENISE CLAY
In Part One of “The Trump Telenovela on AllDigitocracy, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump managed to burn his bridge with Univision, the largest Spanish language broadcaster in the world and one of the networks that had previously aired his Miss Universe Pageant. Now he appears to have ticked off members of the two largest journalism associations in the country, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.
Both groups, this week, condemned the Republican presidential candidate, though for different reasons.
Hispanic journalists took Trump to task for ejecting Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos from a news conference over the weekend, while Asian American journalists expressed concern over his mocking of Asian Americans by using a broken English accent and for referring to the children of immigrants as “anchor babies.”
“Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades – asking questions!,” said Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ President. “Ramos was simply trying to hold a candidate for president accountable for statements he made about a very important topic to the American people. Mr. Trump has avoided Mr. Ramos’ attempts for an interview to reasonably discuss Mr. Trump’s opinions and ideas about immigration and American children born to undocumented immigrants.”
In a press release, Medina invited Trump to answer questions from Ramos and other Latino journalists at the upcoming Education In Journalism conference in Orlando in which NAHJ is a partner.
Asian American journalists say they aren’t exactly condemning Trump, but are disturbed that a presidential candidate kicked a journalist out of a press conference. The journalists say they are equally concerned about him, and fellow Republican presidential nominee Jeb Bush, referring to Asian immigrant children as “anchor babies.”
AAJA plans to issue an advisory to news organizations, encouraging journalists not to use the term, and to explain to readers and viewers why the presidential candidates should not be using it, said Zain Shauk, chair of AAJA’s MediaWatch committee.
“Our main concern has to do with the derogatory language being used to describe non-citizens whose children are born in the United States. The words “anchor babies” are offensive, especially to the children they describe,” Shauk added. “We encourage news organizations to avoid this language and instead use more accurate language to describe children born in the United States to non-citizens.”
Even New York Times columnist Charles Blow has had enough. In today’s edition Blow writes that he will cover Trump “as he addresses issues with specific policy prescriptions and details, like answers to the question Ramos asked.” But until then, Blow continues, “… this man is not worthy of the attention he’s garnering. We in the media have to own our part in this. We can’t say he’s not serious and then cover him in a way that actually demonstrates that we are not serious.”
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Denise Clay is the assistant editor for AllDigitocracy. She is a contributing editor and columnist to the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, and the Philadelphia Public Record. Her work has also appeared on XOJane, and Time.com.