Clin­ton ad­dresses black, his­panic jour­nal­ists at con­fer­ence

Trump de­clined in­vi­ta­tion to con­ven­tion

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By TA­MARA WARD

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton spoke to nearly a thou­sand mi­nor­ity jour­nal­ists in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal Fri­day.

“I want to be the pres­i­dent of all peo­ple,” said Clin­ton to mem­bers of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Black Jour­nal­ists and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of His­panic Jour­nal­ists at a joint con­ven­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

“To­day we do what we do best. We ask ques­tions. We de­mand an­swers. We hold truth to power,” said NAHJ Pres­i­dent Mekahlo Me­d­ina to the room full of mi­nor­ity print, dig­i­tal and broad­cast me­dia pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents.

Mem­bers of the press asked the for­mer sec­re­tary of state ques­tions, in­clud­ing whether or not she mis­char­ac­ter­ized FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey’s tes­ti­mony about her truth­ful­ness re­gard­ing the use of a pri­vate email server for of­fi­cial Depart­ment of State busi­ness.

“I may have short-cir­cuited and for that I will try to clar­ify,” said Clin­ton, as­sum­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and ad­mit­ting that us­ing two email servers was a mis­take. The four-minute, seven-sec­ond re­sponse in­cluded a se­ries of stam­mered state­ments and an ac­count­ing of what was marked clas­si­fied, or not, of the 30,000 emails on the un­of­fi­cial server.

Sev­eral min­utes be­fore the ques­tion was asked, Clin­ton ap­plauded the jour­nal­ists for their hard work and en­cour­ag­ing trans­parency.

“More than ever we need you to keep hold­ing lead­ers and can­di­dates ac­count­able,” Clin­ton said. “We need you to make sure that Amer­ica’s front pages and nightly news­casts and on­line in­for­ma­tion re­flects the great di­ver­sity of our na­tion.”

Ear­lier, Clin­ton spoke about im­prov­ing the econ­omy for mi­nor­ity and un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties, as well as im­mi­gra­tion re­form, and cred­ited Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for “lead­ing us out the great re­ces­sion.” Clin­ton com­mit­ted to cre­ate jobs, build wealth and sup­port small busi­nesses in Af- ri­can-Amer­i­can and His­panic com­mu­ni­ties.

“Rosa Parks opened ev­ery seat on the bus. Now we have to ex­pand eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity so every­one can af­ford the fare,” stressed Clin­ton, say­ing that these are both eco­nomic and civil rights is­sues.

The Demo­cratic nom­i­nee had strong words for her op­po­nent, Don­ald Trump, and listed re­cent re­ports of ver­bal at­tacks by Trump on Mex­i­cans, Mus­lims and the Gold Star Khan fam­ily.

“I will stand up and call him out on that, but I will also keep reach­ing out to Amer­i­cans of all races and eth­nic­i­ties … tell them I am not go­ing to for­get about them af­ter this elec­tion,” promised Clin­ton.

NABJ and NAHJ ex- tended in­vi­ta­tions to both Clin­ton and Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Trump to speak about the up­com­ing elec­tion be­fore the group billed as the largest press event of black and Latino jour­nal­ists. Trump, who was in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., met­ro­pol­i­tan area dur­ing the span of the con­ven­tion, de­clined the in­vi­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to NABJ Pres­i­dent Sarah Glover.

NABJ be­gan 40 years ago in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. NAHJ was es­tab­lished in 1984. The joint con­ven­tion brought nearly 4,000 at­ten­dees to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal for jour­nal­ism ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer devel­op­ment.

STAFF PHOTO BY TA­MARA WARD

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton speaks to nearly 1,000 mem­bers of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Black Jour­nal­ists and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of His­panic Jour­nal­ists at a joint con­ven­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Aug. 5. NABJ and NAHJ ex­tended...

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