It’s not that Tom Brokaw is racist. It’s that he’s wrong

(CNN)Tom Brokaw, the famed NBC News journalist, is very likely not a racist, as many have accused after comments he made on national television about Hispanic-Americans. I suspect the same is true of Duke University professor Megan Neely. Still, each of them recently proved they are blinded by tradition bias and a belief that being white is the default right, true and wise way to live in America. “I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. … That’s one of the things I’ve been saying for a long time. You know, that they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English, and …

Lara Trump was right about the shutdown

(CNN)Many critics, including journalists from mainstream media outlets, misrepresented Lara Trump’s remarks in an interview with me on Bold TV. During our conversation about the government shutdown and President Trump’s efforts to secure our southern border earlier this week, she addressed the federal employees who worked without paychecks and said, “Listen… it’s not fair to you and we all get that, but this is so much bigger than any one person. It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country, and their children and their grandchildren and generations after them will thank them for their sacrifice” “But the president is trying every single day to come up with a good solution …

Puerto Rico can’t afford to pay for Trump’s wall

(CNN)Since announcing his presidential bid in June 2015, Donald Trump has repeatedly promised that Mexico will pay for a wall at the southern US border. But the President has realized that this plan isn’t going to work. He has now been briefed on an alternate plan to divert billions of dollars, earmarked for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, Texas and elsewhere, to pay for his wall. How do I know? I’m Puerto Rican, and I experienced both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. I then reported about both for almost a full year for CNN Investigates. Which is to say, I know a crisis when I see it — and I witnessed at least two in 2017. Instead of examining his administration’s …