Blacks left out of Hillary Clinton Press
Date sent: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 03:38:14 -0500 (EST)
From: Steven Ertelt
Subject: C-NEWS: Clinton Administration Excludes Blacks
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Wilbert A. Tatum, owner of the Amsterdam News,
has accused the White House of discriminating against blacks by excluding
one of his reporters from a press entourage covering first lady Hillary
Clinton on a visit to Harlem on Monday.
"We were told that we were 'specialty press,'"
said Mr. Tatum, whose weekly newspaper, one of the nation's oldest black
publications, has twice endorsed President Clinton.
"They chose white media when the black constituency
is the only one they've got left."
Amsterdam News reporter Zamgba Browne said that
although his photographer was admitted, he was refused entry to cover the
first lady's remarks at the Harriet Tubman Learning Center, which is
around the corner from the Amsterdam News offices on West 126th Street.
Marsha Berry, director of communications for
the first lady, said: "We always attempt to reflect the whole city,
regionally and locally, in the choice of pool members."
Mr. Tatum shot back: "This city is 50 percent
non- white. Lying seems to be the international pastime of this
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