(Update Correction (6/25/08): When originally posted, we failed to notice that the referenced article was an Associated Press article and not one originally reported on by El Nuevo Herald staff. Our apologies. Yet, the basic premise of the post is correct and today, the Associated Press, issued a correction of their own on the article.)
LatinaLista — With the race between Obama and McCain barely begun, the issue of the Latino vote and who will get it is already on the minds of both parties.
On the one hand, we have Obama huddling with the Hispanic Congressional Caucus to persuade Clinton supporters to now support him.
On the other hand, we have McCain who is stealthly going after the Latino vote by way of private Town Hall meetings.
So far, according to poll after poll after poll on Latino presidential voting preferences, Obama is edging out McCain â€” in most cases by a lot.
So, it was interesting that an article in Miami’s El Nuevo Herald sees the polls from a totally new lado (side).
The article is titled “Democrats continue courting Hispanic voters.”
It was all about how for the first time the organizers of a national party convention, in this case the Democrats, were conducting a live transmission via the Internet for the Spanish-speaking press in Spanish about what to expect at the Denver Democratic Convention in August.
Other than that, nothing particularly newsworthy until we get to the end of the article where it’s reported that “According to some surveys, the Hispanic vote appears to favor now the Republican candidate John McCain, who has a more favorable position than Obama to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.”
Unfortunately, something got lost in the translation for this reporter.
There is no clearer evidence that this statement is false than a quick check of the ABC News political blog Political Radar where it is reported that McCain is still receiving grief from his party for meeting with Latinos in a closed door meeting.
As reported on the ABC blog, McCain assured Republicans during one debate that:
â€¦McCain explained to Republican voters in debates that he had gotten “the message” and would work to secure American borders before pursuing a pathway to citizenship.
“Giving Americans “Straight Talk” â€“- telling them what they need to hear instead of what they want to hear â€“ demonstrates leadership, and as you have correctly pointed out many times in the past, that is what America needs now more than ever,” he said.
Newsflash: Since the border is not secure, it’s a safe bet that no plan for pathways to citizenships have been finalized, let alone, created.
McCain’s statement about telling people what they need to hear instead of what they want to hear also applies to ethical journalism where the truth is what needs to be told, regardless of personal preference.
It’s one thing to tote the “party line” of a newspaper but facts aren’t to be made up to support a false claim â€” that’s not journalism, that’s propaganda.
To maintain journalistic credibility, this newspaper needs to clarify the statement and/or produce the polls that show where this is true.
Otherwise, it clouds the real issue of which direction the Latino vote is leaning towards and creates false analysis for outcomes to scenarios that aren’t true in the first place.
Whether it’s to be believed or not, this isn’t about pushing one candidate over another â€” it’s about presenting the truth as best we know it â€” not how we wish it.
This newspaper should know better.