Journalists applaud Clinton at event

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Applause from members of the media was heard throughout Hillary Clinton’s address Friday to a joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Washington, D.C. 

The event, attended by more than 1,500 journalists, discourages applause from journalists during speeches by political candidates. Before Clinton’s appearance, conference staffers went around the room reminding people that it’s inappropriate for journalists to give politicians standing ovations.

Republican nominee Donald Trump was also invited to attend, but declined. 

Clinton’s remarks included taking shots at her opponent. 

“Now I think journalists have a special responsibility to our democracy in a time like this,” the Democratic presidential nominee said. “It’s a badge of honor when Jorge Ramos gets thrown out of press conference for challenging Donald Trump. Or when another news organization gets banned for reporting what he says.”

Clinton was referring to a press conference last year when Trump had Ramos, a Univision anchor, removed by security after repeatedly interrupting the candidate and asking questions when not called upon. 

“Throughout her campaign, Hillary Clinton has placed an emphasis on inclusion and shown support for communities of color,” said Mekahlo Medina, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, before the event. 

This is the second time Clinton has address the conference. In 2007, during her race against then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, she was asked by CNN White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux if she was “black enough” to be president.  

The question drew applause from the crowd and laughter from Clinton. 

During today’s gathering, Clinton took questions for 10 minutes from NABJ and NAHJ members. 

The working press was not permitted to ask Clinton questions.

Rafael Bernal contributed.

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