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RR 09: No Invite, No Chorizo, No Peace!

That was the rallying cry of the current president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Hugo Balta, as he and representatives of his organization took to Twitter to insult and belittle Robles & Rosado.

They don’t like that we’re  keeping up the pressure on them for their refusal to answer questions about what plans they have in place to address diversity concerns with executives at major media organizations.

Their stonewalling leads us to believe they have no plans in place and prefer to grandstand around the issue for personal gain.

Chipotle is on Mike’s mind this week as he takes the Mexican-influenced fast food chain to task for an embarrassing cup promotion…and for their portion sizes.

In entertainment news, the Billboard Music Awards bestowed their Icon Award to actress and business mogul Jennifer Lopez. She is the first female to win the award. Previous winners include music legends Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and Prince.

Yes, there is a JLo backside-sized full of snark from both Robles & Rosado during the segment.

RR 08: Feeling Like a Piñata at a KKK Rally

I was going to link to a clip of MSNBC “Way Too Early” anchor Thomas Roberts and producer and correspondent Louis Burgdorf torpedoing their reputations as serious journalists with their insipid Cinco de Mayo antics but I refused to harsh my mellow so instead I’ll post their apology:

I wonder how long that Burgdorf kid had to practice in front of a mirror to approximate a look of contrition. He did nail a pained look of befuddlement.

I was going to post a clip of “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer having a spring break flashback and making her colleagues more than a little uncomfortable during a Cinco de Mayo segment but instead I’ll post her tweet to me and some others who called her out on her lack of common sense:

If you’re looking for a textbook example of a tepid non-apology, you couldn’t ask for a better one than what Ms. Spencer offered up.

Where is the apology from the network brass? Let’s just say you shouldn’t necessarily wait for one. Why didn’t the Latino producers and staffers of these shows put a stop to the embarrassing shenanigans? Well they’d have to hire some for that to actually happen.

The lack of diversity in news organizations is getting worse by the day and until that particular issue is addressed we’ll have to suffer through more of these cringeworthy bits.

Mike and I make no apologies for our sincere outrage and will most likely become a thorn in the side of organizations and individuals who insinuate themselves into a story for political gain but who may have no real intention or realistic access to force substantive change that will benefit Latinos across the United States.