SAN DIEGO -- I often wonder how white people see Latinos, America's largest minority and its fastest-growing group of voters.
Do they see us the way we really are, or do they buy into the caricatures generated by media, Hollywood and the political parties? Do they think we're all pushing grievances, playing the victim and accusing anyone who ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- I was recently asked if I thought the media had failed Latinos in this presidential election.
My answer was a quick and unequivocal "yes."
It's not just Latinos. The media -- especially the so-called elites whose world revolves around Washington and New York -- failed all Americans.
And local media have not been immune. The Daily...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- On Election Day, I'm voting for ...
Actually, it's none of your business who I'm voting for. In fact, I believe there is something wrong with those columnists, pundits and commentators who have, as of late, felt the urgent need to share their presidential picks.
This could be a sign of the times. Many in the media feel compelled ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Latinos have such contempt for Donald Trump that every little thing sets them off.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll found the Republican nominee trailing Hillary Clinton by more than 50 points among Latinos. Eighty percent expressed a negative view of Trump, while only 13 percent said they view him positively.
SAN DIEGO -- If you're angry at how the media have behaved in this election, you have a lot of company.
It's not just that some newspapers and broadcast networks have largely abandoned any pretense of objectivity as they set out to elect one candidate and destroy the other. Publications that never endorse candidates are taking pride in the fact...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Why are Republicans so quick to play the victim?
One of the most appealing things about conservatism is the emphasis on being self-sufficient and taking responsibility for one's actions. The party of Ronald Reagan has never had much respect for those who blame others for their problems, make excuses for underperforming, or see ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- It's not easy to make your way in life. Finding inspiration, discovering yourself and charting a unique course takes courage.
A lot of parents know that, and they want their kids to have an easier time on the road to self-discovery than they did.
If you have a teenager, he may be addicted to a screen, not good at listening and a ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Given the spiteful nature of the second presidential debate, you might be surprised to learn that there is one policy item on which Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton actually seem to agree.
They both are pandering to young voters by essentially promising to create dream jobs -- that is, the kind of fulfilling and rewarding ...Read more
You Shall Know Our Names (The Judah Halevi Journals) (Volume 1)Ezekiel Nieto Benzion
When Ezekiel Benzion's grandfather handed him the dusty journals written by Doctor Judah Halevi Nieto, he begged, "Before I die, tell me why our family protected these for two hundred years. Who were these men? And why were they revered?" The search for answers led to ...
SAN DIEGO -- The media need to offer a mea culpa. On behalf of my colleagues, I'd like to apologize for breaking this election. Here's how we did it:
-- We became obsessed with Donald Trump. That was on display most recently in last week's vice-presidential debate, in which moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS News fired off many more tough ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Given how intensely Latinos detest Donald Trump, many Democrats probably assumed that America's fastest-growing group of voters would flock to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton -- and by such margins that Democrats running for Congress could ride her coattails.
This is not happening. With just a few weeks until Election Day, ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- In an election already marred by racism and sexism, the first presidential debate brought to the surface another "-ism": classism.
During the debate, Hillary Clinton rattled Donald Trump by mentioning Alicia Machado. The former Miss Universe says that Trump, who owned the rights to the pageant, body-shamed her for gaining weight ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- I recently asked a newly retired cop friend, who spent 25 years on the job, what's the one thing that policemen want people to know. He said: "That things go wrong sometimes."
Things went very wrong recently when 40-year-old Terence Crutcher -- an unarmed African-American and father of four -- was fatally shot by Tulsa police ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- It's an argument you might have heard from nativist Republicans in the Southwest, as well as from union-friendly Democrats in the Rust Belt: "The Mexicans are coming to take your jobs!"
You had better believe it. I know a hardworking Mexican-American radio host in Texas who has taken three of them.
I don't always agree with Chris ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Warning: As we enter the final innings of the presidential campaign, the matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be harmful to our mental health.
Speaking at Temple University this week, Clinton observed: "This election in particular can be downright depressing sometimes."
She's spot-on. But what's most depressing is ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Twenty-three years ago, over lunch in a Basque restaurant in Fresno, my longtime friend and mentor -- the great Mexican-American essayist Richard Rodriguez -- offered an interesting thought about what was driving the transformation of the United States into a Latino country.
(That reminds me. I should let you know that the nation's...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- People always complain that Latino immigrants displace native-born Americans from jobs and neighborhoods.
But this year, Latinos have been displaced from the political pecking order by the new kids on the block: working-class whites.
Que paso? The 2016 presidential election was supposed to let Latinos flex their muscles. After ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Having written about immigration for a quarter-century, I've heard more than my share of lies, contradictions and inconsistencies from elected officials in both parties.
So it's been extremely refreshing these last few weeks to see my colleagues in the media get so worked up over a politician who appears to have reversed course on...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- During a recent speech to a largely Hispanic audience in Reno, Nevada, Hillary Clinton skewered Donald Trump for spreading "prejudice and paranoia." The Democratic nominee seized upon a popular Mexican refrain that essentially amounts to guilt by association.
"There's an old Mexican proverb that says, 'Tell me with whom you walk, ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- This Labor Day, I'm not feeling the least bit sympathetic for the supposedly beleaguered American worker.
Give me a break. The United States is still the land of opportunity for those who take risks and make good choices, and so I'm tired of hearing about the plight of the media's newest charity case: working-class whites who live ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Did Donald Trump really just do a total flip-flop on immigration? No, I don't believe he did.
I think the elite media in New York and Washington are once again showing that they don't understand the immigration issue well enough to report on it honestly, clearly and comprehensively. This is a topic full of complexity and nuance, ...Read more