Obama Brings Ethnic Media Into Loop

Latino, black outlets see better access to White House
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 10:59 AM CDT
Telemundo anchor Pedro Sevcec interviewed President Obama last month, asking him about creation of jobs and immigration reform. He says his network is on "very good terms" with the White House.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – From phoning Hispanic radio hosts to appearing on Telemundo, President Obama has shown a willingness to connect with the Latino community many feel his predecessor lacked. And while Obama’s first print interview as president was with Black Enterprise magazine, the White House and ethnic media outlets are approaching this new spirit of inclusion cautiously, writes Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post.

Obama has been careful not to send different messages when speaking with the minority news organizations he’s given increased access—during the campaign, after all, he downplayed the concept of himself as a minority candidate. And the outlets themselves are treading carefully: Although many openly supported Obama’s election, they aren’t after the role of “cheerleader.”