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While trou­ble may be brew­ing for U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Al­berto R. Gon­za­les, a state­ment to con­sider comes from the District­based Latino Coali­tion, which is tak­ing CNN host Jack Cafferty to task for call­ing Mr. Gon­za­les “the pres­i­dent’s wa­ter boy” dur­ing a tele­cast of “The Sit­u­a­tion Room” on March 12.

“This kind of rhetoric from a jour­nal­ist is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able and racist,” said the non­profit’s pres­i­dent, Robert G. De­posada. “We can­not be hyp­o­crit­i­cal when it comes to racist state­ments in our na­tional me­dia. If the at­tor­ney gen­eral was an African Amer­i­can, and Mr. Cafferty would have called him a wa­ter boy, the en­tire me­dia es­tab­lish­ment and civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tions from across the coun­try would be call­ing for Mr. Cafferty’s fir­ing.”

Mr. De­posada con­tin­ued, “At­tor­ney Gen­eral Gon­za­les is a highly qual­i­fied and very ac­com­plished pro­fes­sional. For any­one to call this highly re­spected Latino a wa­ter boy is sim­ply out­ra­geous and shows enor­mous amounts of prej­u­dice.”

The group, which first aired its con­cerns April 20, sug­gests Mr. Cafferty be fired.

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