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.