(New York) NBC News, is still dealing with tremendous criticism for “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw‘s comments about Hispanics and assimilation, as well as his and the network’s immediate response.
On Sunday’s “Meet The Press”, the veteran news anchor said, “You know, they (Hispanics) ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English, and that they feel comfortable in the communities.”
Brokaw’s original apology on Twitter was chastised for not being sincere. A spokesperson for NBC said, “Tom’s comments were inaccurate and inappropriate and we’re glad he apologized.”
Hispanic/Latino organizations like the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) reprehend Brokaw’s comments for being inaccurate and reinforcing xenophobic stereotypes.
Hugo Balta, president of NAHJ, Senior Producer of MSNBC (NBC’s cable news network) and Publisher of CTLantinoNews.com spoke with Bruce Johnson on “Off Script” about how even in making opinions and commentary, it’s important to base them on fact and not personal bias.
“Off Script” Interview: https://youtu.be/qbjJ0a0QES8