The National Association of Hispanic Journalists slammed the New York Times‘ podcast The Daily for its “manufactured border crossing,” and “joking and apathetic tone.”
In a Jan. 15 press release, NAHJ argued the Daily’s podcast “carries an uneasy amount of privilege conveying the long and laborious journey of immigrants to the border as a short 30-second swim.” NAHJ continued, “Throughout the podcast, the report totes a joking and apathetic tone. In an ignorant attempt to understand border-crossing, the clip excludes immigrant voices and any further context about the journey for those immigrants before and after crossing the river. “
The episode in question, “Dispatches from the Border, Part 1,” had “Times journalists Azam Ahmed, Meredith Kohut and Annie Brown swim across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, to Mexico” the San Diego Union’Tribune reported. iMediaEthics has written to the Times for its response to the NAHJ statement.