December 14th, 2014
04:42 PM ET

Univision's Jorge Ramos and BET's Jeff Johnson reflect on Obama interviews

This week the president was interviewed on Univision, Telemundo, Comedy Central, BET, and ESPNU. Next week he'll be on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. What's behind this media blitz? Brian Stelter spoke with Univision's Jorge Ramos and BET's Jeff Johnson.

An excerpt from the segment:

STELTER: I've been thinking about what the message is behind all of these interviews - speaking to BET and Univision and Telemundo and Comedy Central and now Ryan Seacrest next week. Maybe the message is, simply, that the White House is juggling many balls at the same time, that it's walking and chewing gum at the same time, that it's able to handle lots of different topics at the same time.

RAMOS: What he's saying right now is that he's an active president, that he's not a lame duck president. I think that this is very important. This is a person completely involved in race issues, completely involved on immigration.

JOHNSON: I think to Jorge's point, what we're dealing with now is a president who wants to show what the White House has the ability to do, without Congress, where some of his initiatives are going to be, whether it's through executive order or whether it's through utilization of mechanisms like the DoJ. He wants to be very aggressive in saying, here's where we're going to use our authority to be able to address these very pressing issues. And so that's very different.

Johnson also observed that "the difference between the African American community and the Latino community is that there have been much fewer interviews on television with African American press."

He added, "I hope that in between now and the end of his term, there's going to be a lot more conversation with the black press, not just on radio but on television."

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