SENADOR MARCO RUBIO VS. UNIVISION
Media: The president of Univision, the top Spanish-language network, made an apparent attempt to extort a TV appearance from Sen. Marco Rubio in exchange for not broadcasting dirt on a relative. Can it go any lower?
Last July, representatives of the Florida-based Hispanic national television network contacted the Florida Republican to urge him to appear on “Al Punto,” a Spanish-language talk show whose host, Jorge Ramos, is a loud proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens. Like most Americans, Rubio is no amnesty proponent and said no to an appearance on the show.
But Univision wouldn’t take no for an answer. Instead, the ambitious television network that reaches 10 million Spanish-language viewers in the U.S. set a new low in journalism, with extortion worse than tabloids.
According to the Miami Herald, a 45-minute conference call was then arranged July 7 and Univision’s president of news, Isaac Lee, made Rubio’s staff an offer he couldn’t refuse: Lee’s investigative team had dug up some dirt on Rubio’s brother-in-law — a 1987 drug arrest — and offered to spike it if Rubio would appear on “Al Punto.”
“You’re saying that if Marco does an interview with Ramos, that you will drop this investigation into his family and the story will never air?” asked Todd Harris, Rubio’s adviser, according to the Herald.
“While there are no guarantees, your understanding of the proposal is fair,” Lee replied.
The Colombian-born Lee seemed to be channeling the playbook of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who famously offered his victims the choice of “plata o plomo” — silver or lead to force them to do his bidding.
Showing himself to be a man who couldn’t be blackmailed, Rubio then effectively channeled the Duke of Wellington, who once told a blackmailer to “publish and be damned,” refusing to go along.
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Instead of stopping himself, Lee went full bore with the latter and a string of sleazy tricks to deliver plomo to Rubio followed:
First, a huge television truck camped out at Rubio’s brother-in-law’s West Miami home, supposedly to gather news, but in reality to intimidate and draw attention.
Then, Univision yanked a reporter assigned to follow Rubio around in Washington, not wanting to give the popular senator television exposure.
After that, the nothingburger story about the decades-old drug conviction of Rubio’s brother-in-law was broadcast — over not one but two days on both television and the Web. News releases were emailed to reporters headlined “Rubio’s families ties to narco-trafficking,” while on Twitter, Univision hyped the story with the hashtags “Rubio drugs.”
Lee knew that nothing takes down a politician like just the allegation of drugs. According to his Web biography, Lee took down two Colombian cabinet members for ties to the Cali drug cartel as editor of Semana magazine 15 years earlier. So just positioning Rubio’s name next to the word “drugs” was an effort to do the same.
Now he’s down to chasing ratings over truth.
“Content is king, but distribution is King Kong,” Lee retweeted Sept. 20. If ratings could not be had by generating controversy with Rubio on the immigration show, then stirring up false controversy would follow.
We call it extortion. And because Lee is one of the golden boys of journalism, with ties to Georgetown, Columbia University, and a holder of news awards galore, he’s just another sad standard in the industry that shows an increasing propensity for hitting new lows.
It doesn’t help that he runs a television network that broadcasts a pro-amnesty line to 95% of the U.S.’ Spanish-speaking constituents, highly coveted by Democratic politicians, meaning he has political value to people who don’t share Rubio’s values.
The outrageous incident has begun to draw attention now that five of Rubio’s Republican colleagues in the presidential race — Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, John Huntsman, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain — have honorably declined to appear at Univision’s president debate, scheduled to be held two days before Florida’s Jan. 31 primary.
If Univision does not clean up its act, the news can only go downhill from here: From pursuit of truth to organized crime.
Publicado: 10-05-2011 10:48 PM
Univision's Compromised Journalism Still Targeting Rubio
The Spanish television network Univision is apparently still carrying its grudge against Senator Marco Rubio, as new information regarding the inner dealings and reasons of why the network ran a very questionable feature story on Rubio's brother-in-law that was jailed on drug charges when Rubio was a 16 year old scratch-face kid at the time of the incident. The Shark
Tank was all over this egregious case of yellow journalism back in July of 2011 (see "Univision Puts a Hit on Senator 'Scarface'
We commented at the time:
Actually, there is a rumor circulating in media circles that Cesar Conde, Univision's President, has his sights set on a career in politics and has no qualms about taking Rubio down a notch or two in order to puff up his own political profile. But perhaps the real reason for Univision's silly dumpster diving non-story is because of the fact that Rubio has thus far refused to entertain interview requests from their network. Univision has long been a supporter of illegal immigration on their nationally-televised
programs like 'Al Punto' with Jorge Ramos, and they have always taken issue with anyone that is against amnesty for illegal immigrants- especially if they are Hispanic like Rubio.
The folks at Univision and their Democrat sympathizers are trying their hardest to frame Rubio as being 'anti-hispanic', their cuddly way of telling their audience that Rubio is really a self-loathing Senator with an identity crisis. As Rubio's national profile continues to grow in stature, he can expect more of this type of nonsense- the left and their media acolytes are desperate to take the shine off Rubio's star knowing full well that he has
the ability to effectively communicate the truth about the Democrat agenda to Hispanics in a way that returns the Democrat Party to permanent minority status in this country.
Even though Rubio has made himself available to Univision's affiliate TV stations in the past, and with the amount of media requests his office receives everyday, Rubio will never be able to entertain all of them. But after Univision's little hit piece, I'm guessing Rubio probably won't be returning Univision's calls anytime soon- I don't come off no banana boat, ok?"
Now the Miami-Herald picked up on this story, and their own investigation has revealed some very troubling revelations about what really went down behind closed doors at Univision.
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According to the Herald, if Rubio appeared on Al Punto -Univision's national television show where the topic of immigration would likely be discussed - then the story of his brother-in-law's troubles would be softened or might not run at all, according to Univision insiders and the Republican senator's
staff. They say the offer was made by Univision's President of News, Isaac Lee.
But Lee said in an email to The Miami Herald that any insinuation that he offered a quid pro quo was "incorrect" and "defamatory."
In a written statement Friday, Lee said: "With respect to Senator Rubio, Univision covered the story in the same objective, fair manner we cover every significant story. Univision did not offer to soften or spike a story. We would not make such an offer to any other subject of a news story and did not offer it in this case."
Rubio never appeared on Al Punto, a national political affairs program broadcast on Sundays. Univision aired the story about Rubio's brother-in-law, a lower-level player in a 1987 coke-and-pot ring, on July 11.
"I always knew Univision to be a professional organization until this happened," said Rubio, who won't comment specifically on the case. -See Miami-Herald
It'shard to believe at this point, but Rubio was a paid
consultant/commentator for Univision prior to jumping into the U.S. Senate race in 2010, so one might think that Rubio had already established a friendly relationship with the network, and Univision's hierarchy would never have considered running the non-news story up in the first place.
Another point to consider is that this story was already circulating amongst other media outlets- even the Charlie Crist campaign knew of the story, but they all were in agreement that the story was both irrelevant and non-newsworthy.
The only other organization that ran with this story was our "favorite" Democrats in Republican clothing, Somos Republicans. Somos Republicans have been exposed as a front group for liberals whose real agenda is to promote amnesty for illegal immigrants and slime Republicans who oppose amnesty.
It's clear that Univision put out the piece on Rubio simply to spite him for refusing to do an interview- a textbook example of compromised, payback journalism.
Why would Univision, or any other network for that matter want to alienate a likeable and influential politico who could potentially be the VEEP of the United States? Normally, a constructive dialogue would take place behind the scenes if issues come up between a media outlet and a potential guest- after all, it's the guests of a show that are the ratings drivers. But instead of addressing their issues with Rubio's staff and resolving them
discreetly, they opted to poison the water which lost them the opportunity to land the interview they were seeking.
Rubio ultimately selected Univision's rival Telemundo for his first Spanish-language interview.
Y Colorín, Colorado, Univisión la ha corregido.
Publicado: 10-05-2011 11:30 PM
According to the Herald, if Rubio appeared on Al Punto -Univision's national television show where the topic of immigration would likely be discussed - then the story of his brother-in-law's troubles would be softened or might not run at all, according to Univision insiders and the Republican senator's . . .
Creo que el hecho de que algunos se empeñen en desacreditar a otro simplemente porque "sobresale" en su carrera es pidiendoles que reconozcan que dos personas son cada una "individual" , la unica forma que no sea así es cuando nacen unidos por alguna parte del cuerpo y en el caso del Senador Marco Rubio (R), el hecho de que su cuñado se haya envuelto en drogas, no tiene necesariamente que dañar su trabajo o vida del Senador.
Publicado: 02-01-2012 12:08 AM
MARCO RUBIO, UN EJEMPLO PARA LAS JUVENTUDES
MIS PADRES ERAN ESPAÑOLES, PERO MI LEALTAD ABSOLUTA ERA CON CUBA, SI HUBIERA TENIDO PODER POLITICO NUNCA HUBIERA PUESTO EL INTERES DE LOS ESPAÑOLES POR ARRIBA DE LOS CUBANOS. RUBIO ES 100%AMERICANO Y TRABAJA POR EL BIEN DE TODOS, Y ESO INCLUYE HASTA LOS ILEGALES, PERO COMO AMERICANO FIEL QUE RESPETA LAS CONSTITUCION Y LAS LEYES, NO VA ANTEPONER LOS INTERESES DE EXTRANJEROS QUE ESTAN ILEGALMENTE EN EL PAÍS, PAÍS QUE MUCHOS DE ELLOS ODIAN, POR ENCIMA DEL INTERES Y EL BIENESTAR DE QUIENES NACIERON EN ESTE PAÍS, SE HAN NATURALIZADO O RESIDEN LEGALMENTE.
DESDE LUEGO QUE QUIENES VIVEN AQUÍ, PERO NO AMAN A ESTE PAÍS, DISFRUTAN COMO EL REGIMEN MARXISTA DE OBAMA LO ESTÁ DETRUYENDO SITEMATICAMENTE SIN IMPORTARLES QUE SI EL BARCO SE HUNDE, TAMBIÉN ELLOS VAN ABAJO.... PREFIEREN QUEDARSE TUERTOS CON TAL DE VER AL RESTO CIEGOS.
MARCO RUBIO HA DEMOSTRADO TENER LA MADERA Y LA FIRMEZA DE PRINCIPIOS QUE CARACTERIZAN A LOS GRANDES LÍDERES. SU EXITOSA CARRERA HA EMPEZADO CON FELICES AUGURIOS. ESTA MUY JOVEN Y SOLO EL TIEMPO DIRÁ SI LAS GRANDES EXPECTATIVAS PUESTAS EN ÉL LLEGUEN HA REALIZARSE. SIN LUGAR A DUDAS, RUBIO NO ES SOLO UN ORGULLO PARA LOS CUBANOS SINO PARA TODOS LOS AMERICANOS QUE AMAN ESTA GRAN NACIÓN YA QUE ES LA MEJOR REPRESENTACIÓN DE LA NUEVA GENERACIÓN DE LÍDERES QUE LLEVAN EN ALTO LA ANTORCHA DEL PROGRESO CON LIBERTAD QUE NOS LEGÓ RONALD REAGAN.
Publicado: 03-16-2012 04:23 PM
Vice President Marco Rubio?
Stephen F. Hayes
Part of what makes Rubio so effective, beyond his obvious grasp of the substance of the policies being discussed, is the tone he uses to criticize the Obama administration. It’s not so much anger, though some anger might be warranted, but disappointment. So when Rubio talks about Obama’s failings on the economy, he reminds viewers of the promises Obama made – to revive the economy and restore the faith of Americans in their government – and laments the president’s inability to deliver. He did the same thing when asked for his reaction to the Obama administration’s use of the death of Osama bin Laden.
“Let me focus on this issue of bin Laden for a moment. That was a very proud day for all Americans. Our Armed Forces did a phenomenal job and the president made an important and wise decision – and he has gotten his due credit, and rightfully so, for making that decision. But now he’s taken if further. He has taken something that should unite the American people – a moment of pride for our country – and instead turned it into a weapon of political warfare. And I think that’s wrong. I really do. I think it’s wrong for the president and for the vice president to take this issue and use it for politics.”
Rubio then used his disappointment to make a larger point about Obama, one that speaks directly to the segment of the electorate who invested in their hopes in Obama and have been let down.
“And it goes back to the point I tried to make earlier: When this president ran for office in 2008, he said he was going to be different.
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He was going to be a post-partisan uniter, to bring Americans together. And three and a half years later, the president, quite frankly, has become just like anyone else in Washington, D.C. And in his obsessive effort to win his reelection, he has lost himself and he has lost what makes him different. And this issue of they’ve used the bin Laden raid is one example about how this administration is just like everybody else.”
It’s an argument that won’t appeal to the 30-something percent of the electorate who will vote for Obama under any circumstances and are now spending their time explaining and excusing his failures. But Obama won because he inspired millions of new voters to invest their faith in him and persuaded others to support his cause. It’s those voters who will be so important this time around – and their decisions about whether to back him again, to stay home or to support Romney, will go a long way to determining who wins the election.
Rubio spoke to them Sunday morning—and, if Mitt Romney was watching, it’s hard to believe he didn’t see the potential of having Rubio as a full-time spokesman on his behalf this fall.
That is what much of the current speculation about Rubio-as-running mate misses. It’s been largely a focus on geography and ethnicity – a steady stream of musing about his ability (or alleged inability) to move Hispanic voters to the Romney column and theorizing about whether the mere presence of his name would win Florida for Romney. The whole thing has a static quality about it as if what Rubio actually did on the ticket was somehow secondary.
It’s not. And the strongest argument for Rubio’s inclusion on the ticket, in spite of concerns about his age, relative inexperience, and a challenging friend, is how Rubio would actually perform as a candidate. The quality of his appearance on Fox News Sunday is the rule, not the exception. On the stump, he usually speaks without notes and in thirty minutes, with seemingly little effort, can transform a room of sleepy senior citizens into a raucous crowd of would-be reformers ready to put up yard signs until Election Day. Beyond that, imagine a television ad in which running mate Rubio speaks directly to the camera and tells the story of his upbringing, of his mother working as a maid and his father as a bartender so that their children might have opportunities that they did not. In Rubio’s telling, it’s both exceptional and typical – a moving tale of family sacrifice that will be familiar to so many across the country.
There are reasons that Romney might want another running mate and reasons Rubio might prefer to remain in the Senate. But if Romney decides to ask Rubio to be considered and eventually to run with him, I suspect it’ll have much less to do with Rubio’s name and his native state than it will with what Rubio would do as a running mate and vice president.
Publicado: 05-06-2012 11:12 PM