USA Today: Say, isn’t this Univision-Hillary partnership worrisome?

posted at 12:01 pm on February 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

USA Today deserves some credit for taking a closer look at the partnership between Hillary Clinton and Haim Saban, the owner of Univision, the large Spanish-language cable news channel, but most of the credit belongs to the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo. Caputo first blew the whistle two weeks ago on the multi-year deal signed between Saban and the Clintons, while Saban bragged at the same time that Univision would “pitch in with full might” if Hillary ran for President.  “Seeing her in the White House is a big dream of mine.”

Raul Reyes, a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, quotes Saban to ask why this relationship shouldn’t make people uncomfortable (via Instapundit):

Remember that just last year, CNN had planned a documentary and NBC a mini-series docudrama featuring Hillary Clinton. But after widespread criticism, both networks cancelled their plans.

Univision is known for its steamy novellas and over-the-top reality shows. Yet the network has a serious side, and it is in the big leagues now. In 2012, it hosted special candidate forums for both President Obama and Mitt Romney. Its evening news broadcast in large cities regularly equals or tops other channels in the ratings. Last year, the network hit a ratings milestone when it won the prime-time July sweeps,besting the English-language networks in several coveted demographics. It is the fifth-largest network in the U.S., according to Univision, reaching an average of 1.8 million viewers in prime time. Its total U.S. reach is 93.8 million. Without question, Univision is on the rise.

And with its increasing stature should come the same scrutiny given to the other major broadcast networks. Consider that one of the owners of Univision, Haim Saban, is a major Clinton donor and backer who told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that, “Seeing her in the White House is a big dream of mine.” Or that Clinton is featured in 5 out of 7 slides promoting “Pequeños y Valiosos” on the Univision website. Or that the recent “press event” kicking off this program did not allow questions from the press. In other words, it was largely a promotional event for Univision, Clinton, and their new initiative.

No one is saying that there is anything wrong with the Univision/Clinton partnership. Univision has proved it can be an independent-minded network; it has aired investigative reports on the “Fast & Furious” gun trafficking scandal, and hosted both pro- and anti-immigration reform voices in its news programming. Clinton has been an advocate for early childhood education for many years. However, when powerful political forces join up, the public needs to know all the details. More transparency would bolster the credibility of both Univision and Hillary Clinton — and serve each of them well.

Actually, the issue here isn’t transparency. It’s a huge, transparent conflict of interest at Univision. If Roger Ailes partnered up with, say, Chris Christie at Fox for a big, splashy social program and gave it that kind of coverage, Democrats (and no small number of Republicans) would be screaming about in-kind contributions — even if Ailes hadn’t personally endorsed a Christie presidency as his “dream.” Where is the RNC on this conflict of interest? For that matter, where are other Democrats on this conflict of interest, Democrats who may not be interested in Hillary Coronation Take 2?

This has significant potential for backfire at Univision, too. Let’s say the Republican nominee in 2016 turns out to be either Marco Rubio (unlikely) or New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (perhaps more likely). How will Saban explain backing the retread Hillary Clinton and opposing a Republican with actual Latino background in 2016? The knots into which Saban will have to tie himself to escape his identity-politics trap would be amusing, to say the least. But the partnership between political candidates and media conglomerates are more worrisome than amusing, and would be a bad turn in American politics which is already too driven by celebrity over substance … as the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 and in 2016 prove.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Typical leftist Latino…

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

nothing to see here
-lsm

cmsinaz on February 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Where is the RNC on this conflict of interest? For that matter, where are other Democrats on this conflict of interest, Democrats who may not be interested in Hillary Coronation Take 2?

already afraid of the sexist card and war on women meme….the lsm would pounce on them instead of the actual issue…see obama and lsm (2007-current)

cmsinaz on February 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Where is the RNC on this conflict of interest?

In the supine position

rbj on February 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

He’s a good hispanic, not at all like that white-hispanic thug from Florida.

Bishop on February 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Susana Martinez – Would need to find out more details, but on first blush….YES PLEASE!

abnormal_1 on February 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I’m more troubled with the whole DNC-NBCCBSABCCNNNYT partnership.

ConstantineXI on February 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

idiot commenters on usa today website quickly compare this to palin and fox, however, palin did not work with fox until AFTER the election…..idiots

cmsinaz on February 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I’d be more worried about Haim Saban morphin’ Hillary into another Power Ranger.

Power up, Hil!

de rigueur on February 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I’d be more worried about Haim Saban morphin’ Hillary into another Power Ranger.

Power up, Hil!

de rigueur on February 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Mighty Morphin Pantsuit Ranger…

abnormal_1 on February 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

How will Saban explain backing the retread Hillary Clinton and opposing a Republican with actual Latino background in 2016?

You mean Ted Cruz?

My computer must be broken because you speculated on backlash for a Rubio or Martinez run but no mention of the most likely to be the nominee.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Just like the Hillary – WalMart connection, liberals do not care about anything but the end result and they bank on LIVs or ideological apologists to excuse behavior necessary to achieving it.

smitty41 on February 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Media outlet working with/for Dem politician.
Like this is some kind of news?

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Mighty Morphin Pantsuit Ranger…

abnormal_1 on February 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

LOL. Or, considering that stocky silhouette and the avoirdupois flopping over that cinched waist, how about… Mighty Muffin Pantsuit Ranger?

de rigueur on February 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Cruz is too polarizing to be the nominee, besides, like Sarah Palin he isn’t qualified…
/

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

USA Today: Say, isn’t this Univision-Hillary partnership worrisome?

No, this isn’t a problem….haven’t you heard?

She’s No Ways taaaard.

ToddPA on February 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Certain groups, social organizations and political entities see the White House as a personal prize. Isn’t it time to begin educating our young that there is nothing patriotic about our political system but that it is simply a tool for wealth, power and ego enhancement. We have long counted on the naive young for their blind support and allegiance to the mystical goodness of the good old USA. Time to set them straight.

rplat on February 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Cruz is too polarizing to be the nominee, besides, like Sarah Palin he isn’t qualified…
/

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

By polarizing, I can only assume you mean the least likely to friend Boehner or McConnell on social media. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Every political system is firmly grounded in lies, deceit, fraud, distortions, corruption, and other falsehoods and acts of dishonesty. Accordingly, it is the nature of such agencies to propagandize lies as truth, and to control the revelation of demonstrable truths by classifying otherwise embarrassing documents as “secret;” as well as using censorship and the threat of trials for treason. Like insects that prefer to live in the protective darkness beneath rocks, sunlight is most disruptive.

The American nation-state is firmly entrenched in this interconnected war against truth and insistence upon propagandized perversions of reality. Through mechanisms beyond the imagination of George Orwell, the NSA is now able to gather the most micro-detailed information about each of us. In order to maintain and extend its control over us, the state presumes itself entitled to know everything it wants to know about each person. At the same time, we are allowed to know only that which serves the state’s interests to have us know, employing its media sycophants to impart the party line.

While the wielders of state power insist on babbling their divisive, redistributionist bromides about egalitarianism, there is one form of “equality” that terrifies them: a world in which knowledge, and the intellectual skills of analysis, are shared equally by all. The specter of intelligent, informed minds, centrifuged across all mankind, would deprive the statists of their most valued quality: the arrogance interwoven into the fabric of their roles of philosopher-kings, armed with the coercive power of the state to enforce their self-serving visions upon the submissive collective of humanity.

One finds this fear of informed, self-directed, rational men and women expressed by such corporate-state enthusiasts as Hillary Clinton. Clinton has long championed the idea of a “gatekeeper” for the Internet, to confine access to this medium only to writers approved by the ruling establishment! Knowing that established broadcasters and newspapers are already a part of the corporate-state order, she is eager to confine “truth”-telling to those under institutional control.

donabernathy on February 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

“Where is the RNC on this conflict of interest?”

Well, this is the first I heard of the story, and there aren’t many real details. Why do you suppose RNC would have more? Because of their large investigative bureau?

Sometimes I think you just bait the crazies with this stuff.

Adjoran on February 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

By polarizing, I can only assume you mean the least likely to friend Boehner or McConnell on social media. ;0

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM

LOLZ! You got it…

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

At this point what does it matter??
/sarc
Conservatives have already conceded the election to her and are prepping the excuses and blame as they did in 2008 and 2012.

Bradky on February 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

burn it to the ground.

Murphy9 on February 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM

It’s about time that light is shed on this.

Funny how all who lampooned Hillary in the obama run, now kiss her lardazz.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Bradky on February 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

You came too soon.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Conservatives have already conceded the election to her and are prepping the excuses and blame as they did in 2008 and 2012.

Bradky on February 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

What is she going to run on?

Take your time.

Del Dolemonte on February 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Oh, I can’t wait to hear her fake Latina accent!!!

I’m sure it’ll be just as convincing and non-offensive as her fake Black accent…

“Choo, know when I wast grrrrroin’ ahp as a leetle white Lateena muchacha…”

ZeusGoose on February 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Bradky on February 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Name one plausible accomplishment of Hillary.

Don’t say she’s an eternal platinum card holder with the airlines. Marco Polo wishes he could fly so much.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

God help us this alcoholic whore gets any more power.

Murphy9 on February 24, 2014 at 1:19 PM

There isn’t a single Hillary supporter that comments here that can advocate for this rapist’s spouse in the affirmative based on agenda.

Murphy9 on February 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I have to say that New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is very impressive and should land somewhere on the GOP ticket.

I frankly don’t give a damn what her ethnic background is. She’s done an impressive job in New Mexico. She is smart, witty, funny and affable. But she is also tough and decisive.

This country could benefit from that type of gutsy leadership which has been sorely missing for the past six years (both at President and SoS).

We need to look forward for leadership- not backwards. Are we really that bereft of people with leadership qualities in our country that we have to keep nominating retreads whose last name is either Clinton or Bush?

Marcus Traianus on February 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

We need to look forward for leadership- not backwards. Are we really that bereft of people with leadership qualities in our country that we have to keep nominating retreads whose last name is either Clinton or Bush?

Marcus Traianus on February 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Hey! You don’t see England bitching that everybody who wears the crown has the last name of Windsor, now do you? ;0

Seriously, it isn’t so much a matter of being bereft of other options is that we’ve allowed political machines trump common sense (Bob Dole should have been a cautionary tale). Killary is clearly the beneficiary of the Dem’s machine. The surrender weasels had picked out Christie for the GOP’s machine candidate but the luster is off so you hear talk of Jeb Bush as the default. Martinez, Cruz, or some other “outsider” is going have to be forced on the machine if they are to be the candidate.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Let’s say the Republican nominee in 2016 turns out to be either Marco Rubio (unlikely) or New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (perhaps more likely). How will Saban explain backing the retread Hillary Clinton and opposing a Republican with actual Latino background in 2016?

It’s a huge mistake for conservatives to think that Cuban-American immigrants fit into the identity politics of other Latino and Hispanic Americans. Anyone fleeing Cuba is given permanent resident status after being in the U.S. for a year. Illegal immigrants from Mexico don’t get that luxury and you can bet it’s a source of resentment against Cubans. Saban would have no trouble explaining himself if Rubio were the nominee.

Caiwyn on February 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Luv to see Susanna Martinez debate Shills on Univision and open up her Spanish on them all while Univision and Shills watch with their WTF faces on full display…

hillsoftx on February 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Conservatives have already conceded the election to her and are prepping the excuses and blame as they did in 2008 and 2012.

Bradky on February 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

That’s funny. And here I thought conservatives were barely represented both times.

I think you mean “Republicans” instead of “Conservatives”.

dominigan on February 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

1.As governor in 2007, Palin was responsible for the largest veto totals in state history, while investing $1 billion in forward-funding education and fulfilling public safety and infrastructure necessities.
2.Palin invested $5 billion in state savings during a time of economic surplus.
3.Palin reduced spending by 9.5% from 2007 to 2010 and slashed earmark requests by over 80% during her time as governor.
4.Under Palin, Alaska’s total liabilities were reduced by 34.6% overall.
5.As governor, Palin was the CEO of the state and had substantial authority. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “In Alaska, the Governor has line-item veto power over the budget and can only be overridden by a three-quarters majority of the Legislature.”
6.Palin’s free-market approach to AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act) featured full transparency with respect to competitors and no back-door meetings. It also unlocked the ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil monopoly and marked an enormous step toward energy independence.
7.Palin tossed out the corruption-ridden, structurally-flawed Petroleum Profits Tax of the Murkowski administration and put forth ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share), which incentivized development while seeing to it that Alaskans — resource owners as per the Alaska Constitution — would receive “A CLEAR and EQUITABLE SHARE (ACES) of the value of their commonly-owned oil and gas.” The result? Alaska was left with a $12 billion surplus. Also, as reported at Big Government, “The number of oil companies filing with the Alaska Department of Revenue has doubled, indicating that competition has indeed increased. Alaska has the second most business friendly tax set-up — up two spots since the passage of ACES. Additionally, a report from Governor Parnell’s Department of Revenue indicated that 2009 yielded a record high in oil jobs.”
8.Palin held ExxonMobil’s feet to the fire when it wasn’t abiding by a lease agreement to drill in Point Thomson. (You thin-skinned hockey mom, you!) After over 25 years of sitting on leases with no activity, ExxonMobil finally got to it.
9.Palin served as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, vice chair of the National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee and chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
10.Palin’s commitment to free-market competition and transparency is well-evidenced by her establishment of the Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council (HCSPC) and her introduction of the Alaska Health Care Transparency Act. The American Spectator points out that although it didn’t make it through the legislature, “The Alaska Health Care Transparency Act confirmed that Sarah Palin means it when she says she’s in politics to ‘challenge the status quo and to serve the common good.’ Moreover, her push for greater competition also demonstrates that she understands the potential of the free market to cure much of what ails American health care.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/26/what-pundits-should-be-talking-about-when-it-comes-to-palin/#ixzz2uGYaBPb1

compared to Romney, Perry, Pawlenty, and Huntsman she was more qualified

but lets be quick to dismiss Cruz like Palin because the media says so.

smitty41 on February 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

smitty41 on February 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Agreed. She far out-classed and out-governed all the faux conservatives.

dominigan on February 24, 2014 at 1:44 PM

USA Today: Say, isn’t this Univision-Hillary partnership worrisome?

Sounds like Gannett corp. is just butthurt that they didn’t get the coveted Hillary partnership.

UltimateBob on February 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Consider that one of the owners of Univision, Haim Saban, is a major Clinton donor and backer who told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that, “Seeing her in the White House is a big dream of mine.”

We’re already been there and done that, and it wasn’t such a pretty sight.

Has this guy forgotten the 1990s already?

UltimateBob on February 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Has this guy forgotten the 1990s Benghazi already?

UltimateBob on February 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Fixed that for myself.

UltimateBob on February 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Hillary Clinton and Wal-Mart: A Love Story

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0207-34.htm

smitty41 on February 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Hillary and Bill have risen from the depths of poverty and have become perhaps one of the richest politicians ever all by being great investors. They have not in the slightest made money from selling influence or access to power. Chelsea was the product of a virgin birth and Bill is choirboy.

SC.Charlie on February 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Luv to see Susanna Martinez debate Shills on Univision and open up her Spanish on them all while Univision and Shills watch with their WTF faces on full display…

hillsoftx on February 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I’ll bet Shrillery would start talking like a Taco Bell commercial announcer.

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hillary and Bill have risen from the depths of poverty and have become perhaps one of the richest politicians ever all by being great investors. They have not in the slightest made money from selling influence or access to power. Chelsea was the product of a virgin birth and Bill is choirboy.

SC.Charlie on February 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

and you typed all that with a straight face….

Remind me to never play poker with you….

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

It’s all about winning, isn’t it? I’m being cynical.

oldennis on February 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Just as an effect, as a “hoax”, Ailes should announce that he is in partnership with Cruz or Perry, or Christie…

And watch the liberal network go berserk, in other words Rick Roll them…

right2bright on February 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Consider that one of the owners of Univision, Haim Saban, is a major Clinton donor and backer who told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that, “Seeing her in the White House is a big dream of mine.”

We’re already been there and done that, and it wasn’t such a pretty sight.

Has this guy forgotten the 1990s already?

UltimateBob on February 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Or the late 2000s?

In 2007, CNN dumped their longtime “polling” partner, Gallup, and replaced them with Opinion Research (ORC). ORC was founded and at the time was run by a huge Clinton Groupie named Vinod Gupta.

At that time, Gupta no doubt had that same dream about seeing her in the White House as Saban does now.

Del Dolemonte on February 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Gotta get Bill back in the WH – think of all the poor interns who haven’t had uh, proper, uh, training…..

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Curious why Rubio and Martinez were mentioned but the Latino candidate, Ted Cruz, with most conservative support was not.

The_Conservative on February 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM