Bill Clinton Addresses NABJ, Calls for More Blacks Among Washington Press Corps

By: E&P Staff

Former President Clinton, speaking to a cheering crowd of hundreds today at the National Associaton of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention, called for more blacks among the Washington press corps.

Clinton, speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual convention Wednesday night, also addressed subjects such as the future of the black community and his own efforts to combat obesity and AIDS in the U.S. and abroad. He also joked that since leaving office he had become a “non-governmental organization.”

Clinton warned that unless restaurants and school cafeterias produced better menus, black Americans could soon see the first generation to have a life expectancy lower than their parents.

Covering these and other issues is the responsibility of what should be a very diverse corps of journalists, Clinton said, but blacks and other minorities remain only a small part of the White House press corps, he noted.

“You get different and better questions if the people asking the questions represent America and the world,” Clinton said. “Every one of us filters the world through the prism of our own experience. The press corps should look like the country they are reporting to.”

Clinton’s appearance Wednesday was his third before NABJ.

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