Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend the PBS Winterpress tour in Pasadena.
The highlight for me was a panel on PBS presidentialelection coverage that included Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff (both via satellite),and Ray Suarez of PBS NewsHour.
Suarez took the room full of journalists to task for notasking more about how PBS will cover the 2012 presidential election. He saidthat every 4 years journalists talk about how the upcoming election is themost important of a generation, but this year politicians are arguing about what role the government should play in our lives. The future of social security and publicbroadcasting is at stake.
He also mentioned that two states, Arizona and Nevada, wouldbe getting a lot of attention in the coming months because many Latinos inthose states will be turning 18. After the panel, I asked Ray Suarez his thoughts on thevoting power of Latinos in the presidential election and the impact of theupcoming Supreme Court decision on SB1070 (the Arizona immigration law).