Friday, October 30, 2009

Deadline: Mañana

Well, we hope you've enjoyed "National Hispanic Media Week" as much as we have. What's that you say? You didn't know it was National Hispanic Media Week? Um, neither did we, frankly. It's had something of a low-key rollout. And in another sign that the Republican Party is determined to reduce itself to a hardcore fringe of angry white teabaggers, not a single GOP senator is willing to extend even a symbolic felicitaciones to our ink-stained Latino brethren:

For the past week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office has been looking for a Republican co-sponsor for an utterly non-controversial resolution honoring the legacy and role of Hispanic media.

None came, his office confirms. On Tuesday, Reid introduced and passed a resolution designating October 25 through October 31, 2009, the "National Hispanic Media Week" in honor of the Latino Media of America. The Nevada Democrat was joined by Sens. Robert Menendez (New Jersey), Mark Udall (Colorado) and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York) -- all of whom are Democrats.

It's probably worth mentioning here that a lot of Hispanic-American journos cover the country directly to our south, also known as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a reporter, so a quick "Hey, thanks for risking your life to keep the rest us well-informed" doesn't seem a lot to ask, even from people who think universal healthcare would make the Baby Jesus cry. But instead, we'll focus on the fact that the resolution proclaiming Oct. 25 - 31 as National Hispanic Media Week wasn't even introduced until Oct. 27, at which point National Hispanic Media Week was nearly half over. Which, when you think about it, is pretty um, hispanic.

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