Jan 3, 2012 7 Comments ›› Angelia
Haim Saban is an Egyptian born Israeli-American and Chairman of Univision, the Hispanic television station. For the past several months, Univision has tried to get Marco Rubio to come on Univision for an interview and offered to kill or run a negative story on Marco Rubio’s brother-in-law depending on what Rubio did.
Senator Rubio would not be bought and Univision ran the story on his brother-in-law. Subsequently, all of the Republican candidates refused to participate in a debate on Univision, opting instead for a debate with Univision’s competitor Telemundo.
The New Yorker has a big story on what Univision did or did not do to Marco Rubio. It’s fully pro-Univision spin. The Miami Herald has reviewed it. About all you need to know is that Haim Saban, Chairman of Univision, claims that Marco Rubio is “anti-Hispanic.”
Univision shows bias, negotiation tactics in New Yorker piece on Marco Rubio, immigration
Univision honchos showed they’re biased when it comes to covering immigration and they acknowledge offering “options” to Sen. Marco Rubio amid talks over a controversial story about the drug bust of the Republican’s brother in law a quarter century ago.
That’s a takeaway from the New Yorker’s piece “War of Choice. Marco Rubio and the G.O.P play a dangerous game on immigration.” It hits news stands tomorrow.
The piece mentions our Oct. 1 Miami Herald report (it is here in full) in which Univision insiders and Rubio staffers told us that the network’s news chief, Isaac Lee, offered to soften or kill a story about about the drug bust if the Senator cooperated with the network. Based largely on the Herald report, Republican presidential candidates later announced they’d boycott a proposed Univision debate if the network or Lee didn’t apologize.
Lee denies offering a quid pro quo. He wouldn’t speak with us for our original piece, and instead issued a written statement. He sat down with The New Yorker, though, and shed more light on the subject:
[H]e o?ered three Univision options: report a stand-alone news story on Orlando Cicilia; have Senator Rubio coöperate on a network pro?le; or have him be interviewed on Jorge Ramos’s “Al Punto.” Whatever the venue, Lee says, the issue of Orlando Cicilia would have been raised.
That means a standalone drug-bust story might not run depending on how Rubio played his cards. That is, if Rubio appeared on “Al Punto” and answered a question or two about Cicilia as part of a broader interview, then a standalone drug-bust story might not run. And just because an issue is “raised” in an interview doesn’t always mean it will be fully broadcast.
Consider those points, and Lee’s on-the-record New Yorker comments along with our original story that said in the second paragraph: 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.
Picking up where The Herald left off, The New Yorker writes: Although Jorge Ramos has interviewed every President since George H. W. Bush and every prominent Hispanic public o?cial, he has been unable to lure Rubio to his show to discuss immigration, or anything else.
Note the verb “lure.” It implies offerings, enticements. The paragraph also speaks to a sense of frustration at Univision over Rubio.
The New Yorker piece also reveals the levels of bias at the top levels of Univision:
According to Univision’s news president, Isaac Lee, the network is openly committed to “pro-Hispanic” immigration reform, and it has a particular slant on the news: a dog biting any man is not a story, but a dog biting a Hispanic man is…
Haim Saban, the chairman of Univision, wrote, in an e-mail, “The fact that Rubio and some Republican Presidential candidates have an anti-Hispanic stand that they don’t want to share with our community is understandable but despicable. So ‘boycotting’ Univision, the largest Spanish-language media company in the U.S., is disingenuous at best and foolish at worst.”
Just how the Cuban-American Rubio has an “anti-Hispanic” stand is not spelled out in the piece or by Saban. But it appears that Univision sees opposition the DREAM Act and so-called “amnesty” as a sign of ethnic bigotry. The Democratic National Committee must be giddy that this comes from the nation’s largest and most-influential Hispanic network. But then, the DNC appears to already be funded by Saban, whose political largesse wasn’t mentioned in this particular New Yorker article.
You can read more here.