Latino Community Ask MSNBC to Keep Jose Diaz-Balart On the Air

José Díaz Balart. File photo.

José Díaz Balart. File photo.

7,000+ Sign Petition In Support Of Network’s Only Latino Anchor. 

 

Washington, DC— In response to rumors that MSNBC plans to take Jose Diaz-Balart off the air, the Latino community has responded with force. Today, America’s Voice Education Fund and the Dream Action Coalition delivered a petition with over 7,000 signatures (Moveon.org and AV.org) to MSNBC Studios, calling on the network to keep “The Rundown” with Jose-Diaz Balart in the morning lineup.

As the network’s only Latino anchor, Jose Diaz-Balart is a valuable voice for the community and has consistently delivered fair and balanced coverage on important issues. Especially during a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is brewing —largely in part to Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric— Jose Diaz-Blart is willing to challenge politicians and ask the tough questions on immigration.

Said Cesar Vargas, Co-Founder of Dream Action Coalition, “Jose Diaz-Balart is an important voice for the Latino community across the country and MSNBC should honor this significance by not only keeping him on the show, but by ensuring other voices are brought in to speak to a diverse community.”

Added Juan Escalante, Digital Campaigns Manager for America’s Voice Education Fund,  “José Díaz-Balart is one of the most respected journalists in the national media today, and has consistently provided fair and balanced coverage on the issues that matter most to immigrants and Latinos. We need voices like Jose’s, journalists who report on the contributions our communities make across the country, in order to combat the anti-immigrant rhetoric that continues to be spread each and every day.”

 

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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