Is Univision pushing Hillary?

posted at 12:01 pm on February 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Not only does veteran Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo believe that Univision is actively pushing Hillary Clinton for 2016, he’s somewhat amazed that Republicans and the media have been so quiet about it. After watching the public-relations battle between the RNC and CNN and NBC over the broadcasters’ plans for Hillary-based long-form programming, one might think that the GOP and the rest of the media would take an interest in the connections between Team Hillary and the Spanish-language broadcast giant:

The Doral-based Spanish-language network has remarkably close ties with Clinton — from the way the media giant covers immigration to the financial backing of its top leader to a new initiative between the network and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Barely a peep from the press, though. …

So far the RNC isn’t taking on Univision the way it pressured CNN and NBC last year to scrap plans for a Clinton documentary, which Republicans said amounted to election-year infomercials. In that case, the RNC threatened to boycott the networks from hosting a 2016 GOP White House candidate debate.

The dispute was well-covered in the navel-gazing ranks of the New York-DC media-industrial complex.

How about the close Univision-Clinton ties? Crickets, although the Washington Post, to its credit, covered the Univision event and noted some political advantages Clinton could gain. On a related note, the New York Times reported in August how “efforts to insulate the foundation from potential conflicts have highlighted just how difficult it can be to disentangle the Clintons’ charity work from Mr. Clinton’s moneymaking ventures and Mrs. Clinton’s political future.”

Caputo notes that Haim Saban has remained a big booster of the Clinton Foundation — and just happens to own a large stake in Univision, too. If readers are unaware of this connection, and the use of Univision to promote the Clintons, they’re hardly alone. No one’s talking much about it, which Caputo wisely notes would hardly be the case if Rupert Murdoch was as explicit about his political and electoral aims as Univision:

It’s tough to imagine a similar scenario of silence if FOX’s Rupert Murdoch gave millions to a Republican candidate or causes, and then pledged to use his “might” to get that person elected. Perhaps Univision gets a pass because most political-media reporters don’t pay attention to Spanish-language media.

Indeed — and people already make that accusation widely about Roger Ailes at Fox.

In other Hillary Clinton news, Andrea Mitchell explained this weekend how the Clintons leveraged her role at the State Department to keep boosters like Saban close over the last four years:

“There are two PACs, they’ve divided the lines of authority, they’ve got potential campaign managers lined up,” Mitchell said. “She doesn’t need to put in place the fundraising apparatus” because the Clinton’s have keep all the “big money people” very close over the years.

Hillary had remained close to big donors during her time as Secretary of State, Mitchell said. ”You would see, at State Department events, a lot of the big money people,” Mitchell explained, speaking as someone who obviously attended those events. ”They have always been part of her circle.”

The earlier revelations in the “Hillary papers” provide some useful long-range context for these machinations, but it’s the recent activity that should get the bright spotlight. And as Caputo laments, not too many in the media want to shine that kind of light on the Clinton connections in, er, media. I wonder why that might be ….


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WryTrvllr on February 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Is Univision pushing Hillary?

Si.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Because Hispanics! Eleventy!

rbj on February 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Perhaps Univision gets a pass because most political-media reporters don’t pay attention to Spanish-language media.

That was what Marco Rubio was counting on when he decided to tell a different version about “comprehensive immigration reform” (complete with amnesty!) that somehow didn’t make it into his English-language talk of pathways to citizenship.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

After watching the public-relations battle between the RNC and CNN and NBC over the broadcasters’ plans for Hillary-based long-form programming, one might think that the GOP and the rest of the media would take an interest in the connections between Team Hillary and the Spanish-language broadcast giant

The GOP will not go near this with amnesty/immigration reform on the table.

Gatsu on February 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

But…

I thought all the Hispanics were going to be voting republican. Chucky Schumer told me so…

trigon on February 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

No, she deserves the extra attention for all she has done of Mexico. /

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

So the tough (I use the word loosely) questions Univision gave to Obama in the 2012 pre-election interview makes sense now. I guess.

Fenris on February 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Just following the corporate agenda of its English companion network, NobodyButClinton…

In other Hillary Clinton news, Andrea Mitchell explained gushed this weekend how the Clintons leveraged her role at the State Department to keep boosters like Saban close over the last four years:

They aren’t even hiding it anymore…that’s how contemptuous they are towards the American people…

Athos on February 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Fauxnivision News!

Bishop on February 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Ssssssssay, whatever happened to that Huma Abedin gal that worked for HRH Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Wasn’t she connected with the Muslim Brotherhood through her family?

Nah, nevermind we have nothing to fear. The Muslim lobby and the Hispanics aren’t even interested in who gets elected in 2016. Sorry, my Possum Holler bad.

PappyD61 on February 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I’d never heard of it, but by the sounds of it it’s pretty big: –

Wikipedia
In recent years, the network has reached viewership parity with the U.S.’s five major English-language television networks, and is often a strong fifth, outranking The CW, with some fourth-place weekly placings, and as of 2012, even first place rankings for individual programs over all five English networks due to the network’s consistent schedule of new telenovelas all 52 weeks of the year.

Ramadahl on February 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Bishop on February 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Like Superman, I’ve never seen you and libfreesMom in the same place at the same time.

Fenris on February 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Going against Univision is a tough call. They already paint the GOP as anti-Hispanic, can we imagine what will happen if the GOP accuses them of pushing Democrats?

ojfltx on February 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

ahhhhhh yes, a pic of the woman who’s face looks like
it’s been resting under two steaming Camel pies….

ToddPA on February 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Perhaps Univision gets a pass because most political-media reporters don’t pay attention to Spanish-language media.

More likely they get a pass because any complaining from the GOP would be RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!

KS Rex on February 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM

No worries. I’m sure that the FEC will be keeping close track of the “in kind” campaign contributions that the station is making. /s

MJBrutus on February 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Hillary is a scumhag, with lots of blood on her hands.

Shame on Petraeus for pushing her. May he go to Hades with her, the traitor. He is culpable on the cover up on Benghazi, along with Hillary and obama.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

he’s somewhat amazed that Republicans and the media have been so quiet about it.

Just about every network, with the exception of Fox – who is pushing Christie, is pushing Hillary. Why would the media raise a stink? As for the Republicans – they’re a bunch of bumbling buffoons, so I have no idea why anyone would expect them to do anything rational.

besser tot als rot on February 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Hasn’t it already been established beyond a reasonable doubt that the mainstream media are just a leftist propaganda machine?

MisterElephant on February 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Folks, if you loved Hilarity’s ridiculous “I ain’t tahr’d no hows” mocking of black dialect, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Coming to a TV screen near you, Hillarita’s asinine affectation of a Chicana farm laborer.

Choo know wha’ I mean?

ZeusGoose on February 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

ToddPA on February 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Cracks me up when I hear Rush Limbaugh call her Angrier Mitchell.

Cleombrotus on February 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Folks, if you loved Hilarity’s ridiculous “I ain’t tahr’d no hows” mocking of black dialect, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Coming to a TV screen near you, Hillarita’s asinine affectation of a Chicana farm laborer.

Choo know wha’ I mean?

ZeusGoose on February 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Can’t be any worse than Obama’s calling them lat-TEEN-knows. He’s stupid enough that he doesn’t speak a foreign language but he acts as if he’s grown up in a barrio somewhere. Calls non-Dems the enemy. It will take a lot for Killary to top that.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Haim Saban? Haim “I’m a one issue guy, and that issue is Israel” Saban? F’in’ Mexicans!

boko fittleworth on February 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

ZeusGoose on February 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

That was embarrassingly stupid, to be sure. Just awful in any number of ways.

And just think–she’ll be No. 45. Ugh.

MisterElephant on February 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Is Univision pushing Hillary?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Chris of Rights on February 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

More likely they get a pass because any complaining from the GOP would be RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!

KS Rex on February 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Yes, plus the propagandists at NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and even FNC have about as much interest in this as they have in Fast and Furious.

bw222 on February 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Shame on Petraeus for pushing her. May he go to Hades with her, the traitor. He is culpable on the cover up on Benghazi, along with Hillary and obama.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I just saw that on FNC. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I couldn’t help but wonder if he’s been threatened with the “leak” of another marital infedility, or, if the donks were right when they nicknamed him “Betrayus” and he’s sucking up in the hopes of a position in a Clinton administration.

Flora Duh on February 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

More insanity from Univision’s ‘sister-station’ as NBC’s Meredith Vieria “Laments Demise of Soviet Union as ‘a Bittersweet Moment’”

VIEIRA: Our guide Lyubov has reappeared one last time holding onto a red balloon which represents the end of the 20th century dream. (long pause for effect) A bittersweet moment as she lets go of that balloon as Russia says goodbye to its past but looks ahead to a brighter future.

Regardless of language, they are all just part of the Orwellian Ministry of Truth revising history and advocating true-believers (regardless of how incompetent or feckless they are) in order to promote their progressive fascist agenda.

Athos on February 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM

“El queso está viejo y pútrido. ¿Dónde está el sanitario?”

“The cheese is old and moldy. Where is the bathroom?”

~ Brendan Fraser Encino Man

Innercat on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Good Lord, I am already sick of Hillary, can not imagine 8 years of her. While I truly would like to see a woman as president, this woman would never vote for Hillary.

BelleStarre on February 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Does a bear poop in the woods?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Does Dolly Parton sleep on her back?

duh…

TheLoudTalker on February 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM