sensitive to all the victims and all the survivors of the Holocaust." The ADL did
not advocate a boycott, said Klein, "but
if Vanessa has the right to play the part,
then we have the right to object."
The Jewish Herald Voice published
the letter from the Wiesenthal Center,
but made no editorial comment. "We
almost didn't run the letter," said Samuels.
"In fact, we sat on it for three weeks. We
felt people should judge for themselves."
Samuels was philosophical about
whether Redgrave's sympathetic portrayal
outweighed the offensiveness of her ideology. "She has been involved in the Palestinian cause and now in their eyes she
is involved with the Jewish cause. You
could argue that she's neutralized."
The October 2 issue of the Jewish
Herald Voice has what must be one of
the shortest editorials on record. In its
entirety, it reads: "Since we have heard
that God does not listen to our prayers,
it is mandatory that we try harder to be
better." (This refers, of course, to the
comments of Bailey Smith, president of
the Southern Baptist convention [13.4
million members] who declared that God
does not listen to the prayers of Jews.)
The editorial is accompanied by a cartoon of a patriarchal, cloud-wreathed God
with his fingers in his ears, while below him
Moses holds the Ten Commandments and
pleads vainly for his attention.
The staff of Galveston In Between
is taking over the magazine. No,
they're not storming the port
city's newsroom, they're raising
funds to buy out publisher and major
stockholder Joe Murphy, recently hired
on as publisher of Houston City Magazine.
It seems like a happy situation for all
concerned."It's kind of fun,"says Murphy.
"They're all pooling together, everybody
in the place. They're buying a piece of
Murphy says In Between grosses
$160,000 a year and has a book value of
around $60,000 ("That's what we'd be
worth if we closed our doors tomorrow.")
Because the buyers are staffers, and not
somebody looking for a tax write-off,
Murphy says he is "putting together a
real small package, less than $50,000."
The three major investors, who will
own the controlling interest in the magazine, are editor Joel Barna, advertising
manager Steve Long and art director
Barna sees no drastic changes forthcoming for In Between. "We have an a-
greed-upon idea of what the magazine
should be," he says, "a balance of service
articles and the hardest news we can get
— that's where we want to keep it."
Racism, cultural differences and
the language barrier have all hindered the progress of the nation's Spanish-speaking minority," says Rudy Garcia, former executive editor of El Diario-La Prensa, a
Spanish-language daily published in New
York City (Houston Chronicle, Oct. 2).
Another major factor that has severely retarded its political growth, claims Garcia,
is "the absence of anything resembling a
national Hispanic press."
Garcia attributes much of the blame
to Latinos themselves, to "fierce nationalist schisms that often lead Hispanics to
work at cross-purposes," despite a common language and common roots.
Cuban exiles in this country dominate
the Spanish-language advertising industry
here. Garcia maintains that they impose a
form of censorship of Hispanic-oriented
media by withholding, or threatening to
withhold, advertisements unless news, editorial or program content is changed. So
the Hispanic community, particularly a-
long the Eastern Seaboard, is "consistently subjected to such ludicrous items
as front-page pictures of Fidel Castro captioned 'the beast of the Caribbean.' "
Cubans are not the only culprits, says
Garcia. Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans and other Hispanic subgroups have
pressured the Spanish-language news media by threats of boycotts or worse. The
result, he feels, is that each publication
or radio station has a nationalistic identity, and none serves the interests of the
total Hispanic community in the United
"The importance of this should not be
overlooked," says Garcia. "The role of a
national press in developing an ethnic
conscience, forming a consensus of goals
and strategies, and bringing potential leaders before the public is crucial to the progress of any American minority group."
At least one group in Houston seems
to appreciate the importance of the role
of a national Hispanic press, and they are
doing something about it. Leonel Castillo,
former commissioner of the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and
other investors have formed a national
news service for Spanish-language newspapers. The Hispanic American Communications Agency (HACA) will link the
United States to an already existing international network, the Madrid-based
Spanish news service EFE.
Castillo, a former City of Houston
comptroller, resigned his post at INS last
year to run unsuccessfully for mayor of
Houston. HACA's goal, says Castillo, "is
to link people and events in the United
States to people and events throughout
The United States is "relatively untapped" in terms of Spanish-language
news, says Castillo, even though it has the
world's fifth-largest Spanish-speaking
population. The association with EFE
will provide immediate access to international events and to "the best syndicated Spanish-language columnists in the
world." In turn, HACA will be able to
feed to and receive from other U.S.cities,
providing a national communications network.
In Houston, the only newspaper which
now receives the EFE news service is the
weekly Spanish language La Voz, started
six months ago by Armando Ordonez.
Ordonez, a Cuban-American, also owns a
radio station and is president of HACA.
Former San Antonio newscaster Juan
Jose Inurria is a HACA investor, Castillo
is chairman of the board and EFE owns
a third of the agency.
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