Phil Griffin Apologizes for Cinco De Mayo Controversy…
I noted this on Twitter yesterday. Today The Huffington Post’s Roque Planas writes about Phil Griffin’s appearance at the National Association of Hispanice Journalists convention where he apologized for the Way Too Early Cinco De Mayo segement.
Nogales asked whether Griffin and MSNBC hosts would agree to have a meeting with a group of Latino experts to discuss how the network could better cultivate Hispanic sources and experts to interview on the air.
Griffin said he’d go one step further, asking to organize meetings on a continual basis and to bring producers into the meetings as well.
Diversifying the network isn’t just the right thing to do, Griffin said, it also makes business sense.
“There is a huge audience out there,” Griffin said, referring to Latinos. “And I want us to be the first one to tap into it in a really positive way.”
Griffin also noted during the panel that journalist José Díaz-Balart had recently joined the network to anchor on weekdays at 10 a.m.
“Having José in the newsroom has already changed our world,” Griffin said. He added that Díaz-Balart has helped make the network more representative of U.S. demographics by bringing Hispanic sources on air to talk about topics other than immigration.