Spanish-Language Media Types Make Guest List, Lead To WH Press Corps Sniping


As one would expect for a state dinner involving Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the White House guest list will look familiar to those who regularly get their news from Spanish-language media or who follow the schedule of the world’s richest man, New York Times investor Carlos Slim.

The guest list got more attention after sniping among the White House press corps that Univision got the only question at a press conference with Obama and Calderon.  The Hill’s Sam Youngman tweeted and Politico’s Patrick Gavin whined that U.S. press were shut out of the questions.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was more than happy to point out, via a tweet, that Univision was actually an American network.

The guest list includes Univision anchors María Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos, as well as their rival on Telemundo, José Díaz-Balart. Also on the guest list is Monica Lozano, publisher of Los Angeles daily newspaper La Opinion and Victor Pérez of Chicago’s Hoy. Former network anchor and reporter Giselle Fernandez also made the cut.

While the regular networks were shut out of the event–save ABC’s Bianna Golodryga who is the fiancee of Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag–there are other television celebrities including Whoopi GoldbergEva Longoria-Parker and George Lopez. Oprah’s BFF Gayle King is attending as the guest of Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker.

After the first state dinner, which became famous for being crashed by reality-show wannabes Tareq and Michaele Salahi, security has been tight for the event and the guest list didn’t become public until late in the day. The dinner is being planned and prepared by celebrity chef and friend-of-the-Obamas Rick Bayless, who started the day feuding with Chicago Sun-Times writer Lynn Sweet, who said Bayless was tweeting against protocol.

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