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[OP-ED]: Growing disgust with the ethos of college campuses does not mean a rejection of higher education

 07/18/2017 - 15:00
According to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollments, the number of students in colleges and universities has now dropped for five straight years, and this year 81,000 fewer high school graduates nationwide are heading to higher-education institutions. 

A recent survey on the public’s view of national institutions elicited headlines that suggested a tale of backwardness and ignorance. One example: “Majority of Republicans Think Higher Education is Bad for America.” 

The reality is more complex.

[OP-ED]: Cleaning The ‘Heroin Hell’ Will Not Create Heaven In Surrounding Communities

 06/26/2017 - 10:41
'Bedroom' for a man in Philadelphia's West Kensington community where festering structural impoverishment sparks social ills like rampant drug sales. LBW Photo

The recent announcement that City Hall and Conrail cut a deal to cleanup the notorious heroin corridor along a section of railroad track running through Philadelphia’s Fairhill and West Kensington communities is welcomed removal of a dangerous blight that’s festered for nearly two decades.

[OP-ED]: It’s getting harder to tell the journalists from the performers

 06/26/2017 - 08:29
En abril de 2015, mientras trabajaba como corresponsal político en jefe para Politico, Thrush envió una serie inapropiada de emails al presidente de la campaña de Hillary Clinton, John Poodesta. En uno de ellos, Thrush dijo a Podesta que estaba trabajando en una historia de recaudación de fondos y preguntó:”¿Puedo mandarte un par de párrafos, extraoficialmente, para asegurarme de que no meto la pata en nada?”. nytimes.com

Americans sense that Big Media is a big mess, but they can’t put their finger on why that is. 

Memory takes me back to August 1997, when I arrived in Phoenix to start my first full-time newspaper job as a general assignment reporter. I was greeted by the managing editor, an old-school journalist who spelled out the rules of the profession and made clear what he expected from me.

[OP-ED]: Cada vez es más difícil distinguir a los periodistas de los actores

 06/26/2017 - 08:13
En abril de 2015, mientras trabajaba como corresponsal político en jefe para Politico, Thrush envió una serie inapropiada de emails al presidente de la campaña de Hillary Clinton, John Poodesta. En uno de ellos, Thrush dijo a Podesta que estaba trabajando en una historia de recaudación de fondos y preguntó:”¿Puedo mandarte un par de párrafos, extraoficialmente, para asegurarme de que no meto la pata en nada?”. nytimes.com

Los estadounidenses sienten que los Grandes Medios están en crisis, pero no pueden determinar por qué sucede eso. 

El recuerdo me lleva a agosto de 1997, cuando llegué a Phoenix para comenzar mi primer trabajo a tiempo completo en un diario, como reportero generalista. Fui recibido por el redactor en jefe, un periodista de la guardia vieja, que establecía las reglas de la profesión y dejaba claro lo que se esperaba de mí.

A Latino Justin Bieber?

 06/26/2017 - 05:53
Spanish teen pop star Abraham Mateo has growth spurt with reggaeton, beard, big muscles. Photo: EFE/Pablo Ramon

In "Loco Enamorado," Abraham Mateo is accompanied by urban icon Farruko from Puerto Rico in shaping a song the Spaniard defines as "reggaepop," a fusion of the pop that has been his signature music for all his young lifetime, and a reggaeton that is gaining world popularity thanks to the "Despacito" phenom.

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EFE

[OP-ED]: The perils of assuming anything about the Latino vote

 05/18/2017 - 08:20
You don’t need to be a political scientist to figure out a few simple truths: In raw numbers, more and more Hispanics will cast ballots in upcoming elections -- as has been the case for the past 36 years.

At the outset of their new book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes note that adviser David Plouffe prioritized three goals for Clinton to win: “It was important to have the right culture and mission, to manage Bill Clinton, and to effectively target Latino voters.”

We know how well that turned out.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Los peligros de hacer suposiciones sobre el voto latino

 05/17/2017 - 12:58
No es necesario ser un politólogo para darse cuenta de algunas verdades simples: En números brutos, más y más hispanos emitirán votos en elecciones futuras—como ha ocurrido en los últimos 36 años. 

En el inicio de su nuevo libro, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”, Jonathan Allen y Amie Parnes señalan que el asesor David Plouffe priorizó tres objetivos para que Clinton ganara: “Era importante tener la cultura y la misión adecuadas, manejar a Bill Clinton y procurar eficazmente a los electores latinos.”

Sabemos lo bien que resultó eso.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: The elite media -- self-absorbed but not self-aware

 05/12/2017 - 09:17
Now that Trump is president, you can turn to just about any channel -- absent Fox News -- and hear reporters and anchors accusing Trump or other administration officials of outright lying or pursuing policies that will hurt people -- or, in the case of the GOP health care bill, actually kill them. 

Riddle me this: How can the so-called elite media be so self-absorbed and still have so little self-awareness? 

Today’s journalists too often make themselves the story. If a reporter gets arrested at a protest, he’ll be on the Sunday shows doing what he is not supposed to be doing: expressing his opinion.

[OP-ED]: Los medios de elite, ensimismados pero sin conocerse a sí mismos

 05/12/2017 - 08:47
Ahora que Trump es presidente, uno puede prender casi cualquier canal—menos Fox News—para escuchar a reporteros y locutores que acusan a Trump o a otros funcionarios del gobierno directamente de mentir o de perseguir políticas que perjudicarán a las personas—o, en el caso de la ley de asistencia médica del Partido Republicano, que en realidad las matará. 

 Aclárenme lo siguiente: ¿Cómo pueden, los así llamados medios de elite, estar tan ensimismados y al mismo tiempo conocerse tan poco a sí mismos? 

Los periodistas de hoy a menudo se convierten en la noticia. Si arrestan a un reportero en una manifestación, ese individuo se presenta después en los programas del domingo haciendo lo que no debe hacer: expresando su opinión.

[OP-ED]: Will robots dis-employ us all?

 05/11/2017 - 10:11
The robots won’t steal all our jobs, because their efficiencies will create more purchasing power for other spending or new products that require human involvement and oversight. For proof, consider smartphones. In 2012, they had created nearly 500,000 jobs for “mobile apps,” up from zero in 2007.

 We have yet another study that debunks the widespread notion that robots -- and other forms of automation, including “artificial intelligence” -- will destroy our jobs and lead to a future of permanently high unemployment. According to the study, that would completely rewrite history, which has shown job creation to be an enduring strength of the U.S. economy.

Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson