Obama Makes Case For Syria, But Not With Ethnic Media

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President Obama [addressed] the nation on Syria Tuesday night after granting seven-minute interviews Monday to six network news programs -- but not Univision, Al Jazeera or black-oriented television networks -- in which he left open the possibility of a diplomatic solution to the crisis over reports of Syria's use of chemical weapons....

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took exception to the absence of his network in the lineup.

"150,000+ Latinos are serving in the U.S. military. But none of the 6 interviews given today by Obama include Univision #LessonsNOTlearned," Ramos tweeted Monday. Another tweet read, "Pres. Obama gives 6 interviews today. None of those to Univision. Why? Hispanics also care about Syria. Same mistake as presidential debates."

Katherine A. Vargas, White House director of Hispanic media, did not respond to a request from Journal-isms for comment. White House spokesman Jay Carney was likewise silent on the question, Farhi reported. The largest black-oriented television networks, Black Entertainment Television and TV One, do not have daily newscasts (although the new but smaller Soul of the South does).

"MSNBC and Al Jazeera America were also left off the interview list, though MSNBC's sister station NBC was invited and Al Jazeera America might just be too new and too little-watched to make the cut," Sara Morrison reported for the Wrap. "Al Jazeera English, while much more established internationally, no longer airs in the United States as its American cousin tries to gain a foothold in the crowded cable news market.

"That didn't stop Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera English's senior political analyst, from giving his opinion on the network's website on Sunday.

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