TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Talks about the Media and the GOP Primary Race on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

The 2012 Presidential election is less than a year away and I’m wondering, “Are we there YET?”


But with this election season ramping up over the summer (The Donald, anyone?), by now I’m a little frayed at the edges.  And we have 11 months, 1 week, and 11 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

I’m not the only one.

The Republicans vying to win the party’s nomination and challenge President Obama are alternately imploding (The Hermanator) or lodging complaints that the press is ruining their campaigns.

There is little doubt that the media report from a perspective colored by background, experience, region, education, the list goes on.  That’s why it is crucial that we confirm as many sides of the story–to shine a bright light on any of our blind spots.

Candidates are an arbitrary bunch and cry Big Bad Media when the heat of intense scrutiny burns, but love it when incendiary comments such as demanding the “anchor baby program” end or that children of illegal immigrants not get any federal help, go viral on conservative radio, for example, which leads to sizable bumps in the polls.  That’s the case of Michele Bachmann, who is right to be offended at a CBS News internal leaked memo revealed the network would not be giving her as much airtime as the candidates who are ahead.

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on NPR's Tell Me More Talking about the GOP Candidates

GOP 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Courtesy: Reuters


That’s the way of the world.

I joined the Washington Post‘s Melinda Hennenberger, Michelle Bernard of the right of center think tank The Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy, and author and Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley in the “Beauty Shop,” the Tell Me More segment where women dish about politics.  Other topics discussed: Herman Cain and his own “oops” moments plus the allegations of sexual harassment.

Listen here:

Do you believe someone with “character issues” has the credibility to lead a country or company?


  1. says

    I have to say that probably every presidential candidate alone had some type of character issue. I could care less about Herman Cain’s 8 second creepy smile or that he might have been with a few women. I did not care when Clinton had either.

    My big concern since the debt issue is still at large is why we still have full time politicians. Our forefathers were shop owners, farmers, and other types of workers or business men while being a politician.

    If we would seriously look at these full time politicians and demote them back to part time, we would not be so focused on those former assistants, secretaries, or coworkers they did hanky panky with in the storage room.

    I want to see more focus on getting things done instead of a bunch of wasted time and lip service.

    • says

      Thanks Nile for your thought provoking comment! I agree with you partly that if someone is a good leader and has a track record to prove it, then his personal life is just that–a personal life. My problem with a major character issue like disparaging women, making passes, accepting bribes is that it can creep into and hamper leadership decisions.

      I hadn’t thought about our politicians going back to being part-time. If they owned businesses, etc., perhaps they would be more in touch with regular Americans and less beholden to special interests. Along these lines, campaign reform and limits to campaign spending would go a long way to free politicians from special interests.

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