Hispanic Media Complains of Sharron Angle Blackout - 8 News NOW

Hispanic Media Complains of Sharron Angle Blackout

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LAS VEGAS -- In a close Senate campaign, Nevada's growing Hispanic vote is becoming more crucial.

While Democrat Harry Reid's campaign actively pursues Hispanic media interviews, Spanish language broadcasters and newspapers say they're getting shut out by Republican Sharron Angle's campaign.

Hispanic media journalists are tracking the Senate campaign alongside their English language colleagues. But the editor of Spanish language newspaper El Tiempo says in 30 years, he's never experienced such a shutout as his team is getting from Angle's campaign.

"We never receive information, press releases, information on the place for talking with the community. Nothing," said Editor in Chief Hernando Amaya.

Hispanic television and radio reporters say the same.

Miguel Barrientos with KLAV-AM says calls to the Angle campaign go unanswered for weeks, leaving Hispanic media outlets at a loss to inform the community about the issues that affect them.

In contrast, Angle campaign spokespeople give statements and issue press releases to English language reporters. Amaya feels ignored by the campaign. 

"For us, it's very important that a candidate, Sharron Angle, and other candidates talk with our reporters," he said.

Hispanic voters in Clark County trend to the Democrats. But 7,000 out of 24,000 Hispanic voters went Republican in the last off-year election. Keeping them informed and willing to turn out on election day could be the key, something Senator Reid has on his mind.

"I do a call with Hispanic media every three or four weeks, just with Hispanic media. I include Hispanic media in every event that I do. Why? Because they're a part of modern day media. Why shouldn't I," he said.

A spokesman for Angle's campaign said they "want Sharon's message to get out to all Nevada voters," so they'll "be doing more outreach to both Spanish and English language media."

The Angle campaign held an event on Monday. 8 News NOW and Hispanic media outlets were not invited.

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