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Don’t Blame Mexico For Ted Cruz, Blame Canada

Mexico really does get blamed for everything.

Ebola? It’s flooding into the U.S. from our southern border. Terrorism? Apparently ISIS, Al Qaeda and even the Houthi militants are streaming over from down Mexico way by the hundreds as I type this.

Illegal drugs, guns, and undocumented aliens? Check, check and check.

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz? Yeah, they’re pinning that on Mexico too but, we here at the most important Latino-themed podcast in the history of Internet radio want to clear this up once and for all.

Hurl your vitriol up North for a change. Blame Canada!

And while the blame game heats up about Ted Cruz,  it’s become obvious to both me and Mike that the perception people have of us and our show is we’re too aggressive and pushy.

Some in the Latino/a blogosphere feel we’re troublemakers, refuse to play by the established rules, and are just too darned uncivilized for their refined tastes.

To those folks we say—you are absolutely right on the money! Guilty as charged on ALL counts.

We will not play by the rules when shows like The Real can insult the entire Latino community with impunity and barely elicit a peep from Latino media outlets.

Even the National Association of Hispanic Journalists chose to party in Miami at a marketing convention rather than join our efforts against The Real and Fox TV. Ironically, it was at their insistence that we took action.

Luckily MALDEF and many of our online friends stepped up where NAHJ wouldn’t and continue to apply pressure behind the scenes.

Oh, and before we forget, it appears the entertainment industry trade site Deadline Hollywood believes there are too many brown folk on our TV and movie screens.

…and no, we aren’t kidding you.

Robles & Rosado: Aggressive and Pushy…But Only Because We Like You

Listen to Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado  on the latest episode of Robles & Rosado

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RR 14: MSNBC Keeps Getting It Wrong

We’d like to give Phil Griffin the benefit of the doubt and we desperately want to believe he wasn’t as insulting in person as he came across in pixels.

In reports from the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists about his apology for this year’s Cinco de Mayo on-air racist shenanigans, the president of MSNBC sounded smug and patronizing.

Comments like “When I walk by a Mexican restaurant, I get nervous,” and “when I see a sombrero, I get upset” seemed needlessly flip.

Mr. Griffin insists that the cable network’s addition of Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart to its lineup is an indication of positive change at the liberal-leaning news network.

While it’s a great first step, MSNBC has miles to go before it can claim their world has changed.

Also on this episode we address Republican congressman Mo Brook’s claim that liberals are waging a “war on whites” and how his colleagues across the aisle Luis Gutiérrez and José Serrano have taken off the gloves while going after the GOP on immigration.

Both major political parties are guilty of “Hispandering” and despite the Dems outrage, Latinos are not offended by that word. In a sincere effort to help, Mike offers his alternatives to the controversial portmanteau.

While Mike plays peacemaker I wonder what exactly are these much sought after jobs anti-immigrant protesters and pundits claim undocumented immigrants are taking from “suffering citizens”?

And we end the show on an up note with much needed positive news about Latinos in the U.S.

Yes, there is positive news about Latinos. Don’t look so surprised.

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.