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  • Media Run With Discredited Nativist Group's Research To Claim More Than Half Of Immigrant Households Receive "Welfare"

    More Questionable Research From The SPLC-Labeled Nativist Group, The Center For Immigration Studies


    Numerous conservative media outlets are parroting the misleading conclusions of a September 2015 report by an anti-immigrant nativist group, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which claims that "immigrant households use welfare at significantly higher rates than native households." Like previous flawed CIS studies, these findings have been called into question by immigration experts for failing to account for the economic hardship of some immigrant families, lumping American-born beneficiaries into "immigrant household" categorizations, and conflating numerous anti-poverty programs with so-called "welfare."

  • 5 Cosas Que Los Medios Hispanos Deben Saber Sobre La Lucha Por La Igualdad De Derechos En Houston

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    Los votantes de Houston decidirán en noviembre si la ordenanza sobre igualdad de derechos (HERO por sus siglas en inglés), que prohíbe la discriminación basada en un número de características, entre ellos orientación sexual e identidad de género, debe ser derogada o mantenerse. En sus reportajes sobre esta ordenanza, los medios hispanos deben observar algunos puntos importantes para evitar reforzar falsedades sobre la medida.

  • 5 Things Hispanic Media Should Know About Houston's Fight For Equal Rights

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    Houston voters will decide in November whether the city's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which bans discrimination based on a number of characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity, is repealed or stays on the books. Hispanic media reporting on the ordinance should note a few important points in order to avoid reinforcing falsehoods about the measure.

  • Media Push Back Against Trump's 'Troubling' Immigration Plan


    Conservative media outlets are praising Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's immigration proposals -- which include mass deportation and ending birthright citizenship -- despite mainstream and Hispanic media outlets pointing out that the plan would cost billions of dollars, dismantle the labor force across the country, raise the undocumented immigrant population exponentially, and be "clearly unconstitutional."

  • Presentador De Univision Permite Que Invitada Suponga Que Los Contribuyentes Federales Pagan Abortos De Planned Parenthood

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    En el programa de Univisión, Al Punto, el presentador suplente Enrique Acevedo permitió que la ex-columnista del Miami Herald Helen Aguirre citara los videos ampliamente desmentidos y engañosamente editados de la campaña del Center For Medical Progress (CMP por sus siglas en inglés) para ensuciar a Planned Parenthood. Aguirre alegó que la organización de salud reproductiva para las mujeres está "vendiendo los fetos" y usando fondos federales para proveer servicios abortivos, a pesar del hecho que ha sido ilegal usar fondos federales para procedimientos abortivos por casi 40 años.

  • Univision's Acevedo Allows Former Miami Herald Columnist To Pretend Federal Taxpayers Foot The Bill For Abortions At Planned Parenthood

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    On Univision's Al Punto, guest host Enrique Acevedo allowed former Miami Herald columnist Helen Aguirre to cite the widely debunked, deceptively edited videos smearing Planned Parenthood to falsely claim that the women's health organization is "selling fetuses" and using federal funding to provide abortion services, despite the fact that it's been unlawful to use federal funds for abortion procedures for nearly 40 years.

  • Dear Washington Times: Here's How People Of Color Who Aren't Funded By Big Oil Feel About The Clean Power Plan

    Twenty Minority Groups And Leaders Who Don't Represent Big Oil That The Wash. Times Could Cite (But Probably Won't)

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    For the second time in recent months, The Washington Times has cherry-picked statements from fossil fuel industry-funded individuals and organizations to allege that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan "faces opposition from black [and] Hispanic leaders." In reality, a great majority of African-American and Latino voters support climate action, and leaders from many of the largest minority groups have come out in support of the plan.

    Several polls indicate that African-American and Latino voters overwhelmingly support government action to combat climate change -- and the Clean Power Plan specifically. Additionally, many major black and Hispanic organizations have endorsed the EPA's plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants because of the financial and health benefits it will provide for their communities.

    Here's a list of people of color who aren't representing the fossil fuel industry that The Washington Times could have cited if it had wanted to fairly reflect how the nation's African-American and Latino communities feel about the Clean Power Plan:

    Cornell Williams Brooks, NAACP President and CEO: In an Aug. 4 statement mentioning the health benefits the EPA's plan would bring to African-Americans living "within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant," NAACP's Cornell Williams Brooks noted:

    "As we enter the third day of America's Journey for Justice, I applaud President Obama's introduction of the Clean Power Plan. Just as we march to preserve our right to vote and to ensure that our children have access to good schools and a quality education, we also march to preserve our rights to clean air, clean water and to communities less impacted by climate change. The NAACP will continue to advocate for safer, cleaner, healthier energy alternatives and the job opportunities that result from innovative energy solutions. We stand with President Obama's efforts to establish the protections our communities need."

    Albert S. Jacquez, Deputy Executive Director of National Council of La Raza Action Fund (NCLRAF): In an Aug. 8 opinion column in The Huffington Post, Jacquez cited concern about how the Latino community is among the most affected by climate change in places like California, Texas, and Florida as a key reason for the overwhelming Latino support for taking action: 

    Thus, it is not surprising that Latinos are so concerned about climate change. Polling shows that 82 percent are concerned with climate change, and nine-in-ten believe it is important for the government to take action on climate change.

    This is why President Obama's historical and ambitious Clean Power Plan is so important and relevant for Latinos. The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants. It will protect public health from dangerous carbon pollution, invest in clean, renewable energy development, and boost energy efficiency measures, creating jobs in the process.

    Gilbert Campbell and Antonio Francis, Volt Energy: In a statement, the two co-founders of this "minority-owned renewable energy firm" applauded the Clean Power Plan:

    Volt Energy applauds President Obama's leadership on clean energy and especially with the Clean Power Plan. The president's leadership and commitment to clean power and climate action has helped the industry create millions of jobs and become one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy. As a minority-owned renewable energy firm, we also appreciate his championing of small businesses and working towards creating an inclusive green economy.There is real wealth being created in the clean energy industry and it is vital that communities of color are actively involved and also reaping the benefits.

    Jamez Staples, Renewable Energy Partners: Staples, who is also on the Economic Development Committee of the African American Leadership Forum, said:

    "We live in a time when profits are increasingly valued over people. The Clean Power Plan has the capacity to create more balance by opening doors to clean energy that protects our health and our kids' futures."

    Kimberly Lewis, U.S. Green Building Council: Lewis, who fights to expand "access to green building to communities of color," stated:

    My nieces and nephews are the light of my life. They will bear the burden of previous generations unsustainable use of energy resources that lead to pollution and climate change. President Obama's Clean Power Plan is vital to protecting vulnerable populations such as children, the poor and the elderly who share an undue burden of climate change. It will not be easy - but we believe the EPA's approach can work.

    Christine Alonzo, Executive Director of the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy Research Organization (CLLARO): In an Aug. 5 op-ed published in The Denver Post, Latino organization representative Christine Alonzo expressed her group's support for the Clean Power Plan:

    As part of the national strategy to deal with climate change, CLLARO supports the Clean Power Plan and will encourage members of the Latino community to support it also. The improvement in the quality of health and life within the Latino community and the overall Colorado community merits such support.

    Van Jones, Green For All: Van Jones, founder of Green for All -- which works to "make sure people of color have a place and a voice in the climate movement" -- praised the Clean Power Plan in an op-ed co-authored with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) and published in The Guardian. They wrote that communities of color are disproportionately exposed to the health hazards of power plants, and that the Clean Power Plan "is a desperately needed response" to this problem:

    African-Americans are more likely to live near environmental hazards like power plants and be exposed to hazardous air pollution, including higher levels of nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter and carbon dioxide than their white counterparts ... We can't afford this. Black kids already have the highest rate of asthma in the nation, and our infant mortality rate is nearly double the national rate.     


    President Obama's Clean Power Plan is a desperately needed response to this problem. The Clean Power Plan would cut carbon pollution from power plants and put our country on a path towards cleaner energy solutions. It could stop up to 6,600 premature deaths and prevent up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children over the next 15 years - especially in African-American communities.

    Elena Rios, National Hispanic Medical Association: National Hispanic Medical Association President and CEO Elena Rios said in a statement:

    I, along with the National Hispanic Medical Association's 50,000 member doctors and allied health professionals, strongly support the EPA's final rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants. Pollution from these power plants -- both carbon pollution and other toxic power-plant emissions -- sickens people raising the risk of illnesses like asthma, allergies, lung cancer and heart disease.

    The League Of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): In a press release at the time the EPA's climate plan was announced, LULAC stated that "the Clean Power Plan will benefit Hispanic Americans more than most":

    The League of United Latin American Citizens, this nation's largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, fully supports the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to cut carbon pollution from America's power plants. Given that half of the U.S. Latino population lives in areas where the air quality does not meet EPA's health standards and that Latinos are 30 percent more likely to have to visit the hospital for asthma related attacks, the Clean Power Plan will benefit Hispanic Americans more than most. 

    Coalition Of Hispanic Groups Voiced Strong Support For Clean Power Plan In Letter To EPA's McCarthy. In a letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, a coalition of groups including GreenLatinos, AZUL, National Hispanic Medical Association, Latino Decisions, Mujeres de la Tierra, National Hispanic Environmental Council,, CHISPA, Hispanic Federation, and Protegete: Our Air, Our Health stated:

    We strongly support EPA in moving forward with the proposed Clean Power Plan in the strongest form possible. We know that communities of color and low-income communities, including the Latino community, are frequently among those most negatively impacted by carbon pollution. Whether it is exposure to health damaging copollutants associated with carbon emissions or the present and worsening effects of climate change, these impacts are both direct and indirect and they threaten the social and economic order of overexposed and overburdened communities.

  • Sugerencias A Los Medios Hispanos Para Su Cobertura Del Debate Presidencial Republicano

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    Media Matters ha recopilado una breve guía de referencia para ayudar a que la cobertura del debate presidencial republicano por parte de los medios hispanos -- tanto en inglés como en español -- mejor sirva a su audiencia latina.

    El 6 de agosto Fox News Channel transmitirá en hora estelar el primer debate de las elecciones 2016. (Siete de los 17 candidatos presidenciales republicanos participarán más temprano en un debate que será transmitido durante horas de la tarde).

    De acuerdo a un estudio de Latino Decisions, el candidato republicano para las elecciones de 2016 neceistará más del 40 por ciento del voto latino en los estados más competitivos para ganar la Casa Blanca. Mientras el número de latinos en el electorado estadounidense continúa aumentando, atraer el voto de este grupo demográfico se ha vuelto una necesidad electoral para los políticos.

    El debate de esta noche recibirá cobertura significativa, y los medios hispanos juegan un rol crítico informando a una audiencia cada vez más importante.

    Presten Atención A Retórica Ofensiva Sobre Los Latinos

    Los medios deberían estar atentos a retórica cáustica acerca de los latinos, especialmente sobre los inmigrantes, y estar preparados a resaltar la hipocresía de los candidatos que hagan comentarios ofensivos a la vez que intentan atraer votos hispanos.

    No Se Dejen Distraer Por Detalles Superficiales

    Los medios hispanos han prestado en el pasado atención desproporcionada al grado de "latinidad" de algunos candidatos políticos, enfatizando aspectos biográficos superfluos como la herencia cultural o habilidades para hablar el español mientras ignoran posiciones en políticas públicas que harían daño a los latinos en temas como el cambio climático, el cuidado de la salud y la economía. Como hizo notar en La Opinión la columnista Maribel Hastings, "si los precandidatos son de origen hispano, recordar que si el hábito no hace al monje, el apellido no hace al candidato". Y el estratega de medios Fernando Amandi dijo al Huffington Post que para los latinos, las posiciones de un candidato pesan más que los idiomas que hablan: "los votantes hispanos no van a votar por quien hable el mejor español, votarán por... el candidato que ofrezca la mejor plataforma".

    Cubran Las Respuestas A Todas Las Preguntas, No Solo Las Que Traten De Inmigración

    El medio texano Rumbo señaló la importancia de prestar atención a "otros temas de interés para los latinos" más allá de la inmigración. En su cobertura sobre la postura de los candidatos en diferentes políticas públicas, los medios hispanos deberían prestar atención a la manera en que los candidatos hablan sobre educación, cuidado de salud, el abuso de la fuerza policial contra las minorías y la desigualdad económica.

    Auditen La Veracidad De Las Declaraciones De Los Candidatos Para Evitar Perpetuar Mitos Sobre La Inmigración Y Estereotipos Negativos

    Argumentos conservadores desacreditados sobre los latinos aparecen de manera regular en los discursos y entrevistas de ciertos candidatos; Donald Trump recientemente repitió el alegato que más de 30 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados viven en Estados Unidos a pesar de que la cifra real es un tercio de eso. Los medios conservadores frecuentemente apelan a estadísticas erróneas y estereotipos sin fundamento para desinformar a sus audiencias y perpetuar narrativas negativas en contra de los latinos y la inmigración.

  • How Hispanic Media Coverage Can Shine In Tonight's GOP Debate

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    Media Matters has compiled a brief reference guide to help Hispanic media -- English and Spanish-language -- covering tonight's Republican presidential debate frame their coverage in a way that best serves their Latino audience.

    On August 6, Fox News Channel will broadcast the 2016 election's first prime-time debate. (Seven of the 17 GOP candidates running for president will participate in an earlier debate that will be broadcast in the late afternoon.)

    According to a study by Latino Decisions, the 2016 Republican Party nominee will need more than 40 percent of the Latino vote in swing states to win the White House. As the number of Hispanics in the American electorate continues to grow, courting this demographic has become a political necessity.

    Tonight's debate will receive significant media coverage, and Hispanic media plays a crucial role in serving that increasingly important audience.

    Listen For Offensive Remarks About Latinos.

    Media outlets should listen for caustic rhetoric about Latinos, especially immigrants, and be prepared to highlight the hypocrisy of candidates who make offensive remarks while courting Hispanic votes.

    Don't Be Swayed By Superficial Details.

    Hispanic media has in the past disproportionately focused on the "Latinness" of some political candidates, emphasizing superfluous biographical aspects like someone's cultural heritage or Spanish-language skills while ignoring policy positions that would hurt Latinos on issues like climate change, health care, and the economy. As La Opinión columnist Maribel Hastings noted, "the last name doesn't make a candidate [Hispanic]." And as media strategist Fernand Amandi told The Huffington Post, for Latinos, a candidate's positions carry more weight than the language he or she speaks: "Hispanic voters aren't going to be voting for who speaks the best Spanish, they're going to be voting for ... the candidate who offers the best platform."

    Cover Responses To All The Questions, Not Just The Ones About Immigration.

    Texas-based Rumbo has pointed out the importance of focusing on "other topics of interest for Latinos" beyond immigration. In stories about where the candidates stand on the issues, Hispanic media should keep in mind how things like public education, healthcare access, police treatment of minorities, and wage inequality are talked about by the candidates.

    Fact Check Candidates' Statements To Avoid Perpetuating Immigration Myths And Negative Stereotypes. 

    Debunked conservative talking points about Latinos regularly appear in certain candidates' stump speeches and media interviews; Donald Trump recently repeated the baseless claim that more than 30 million undocumented immigrants live in America even though the real number is a third of that. Right-wing media frequently summon flawed statistics and baseless stereotypes to misinform their audiences and perpetuate negative narratives against Latinos and around immigration.