The Estradization of Marco Rubio
posted at 4:56 pm on October 5, 2011 by Jorge Bonilla
The long-simmering feud between Univision News and Senator Marco Rubio is about much, much more than a decades-ancient drug story. Like the network’s telenovelas, this saga has many chapters and different plot twists. However, there is only one overarching story line…one which we’ve seen before, and which conservatives should monitor very carefully.
Fox News reports that four GOP Presidential candidates (Huntsman, Perry, Bachmann, Romney) have announced they will boycott Univision’s debate, scheduled for January 29th. This boycott stems from allegations that Univision attempted to extort an appearance from Senator Rubio on Al Punto (Univision’s Sunday equivalent to Meet The Press, et.al), in exchange for “softening or spiking” a story about a 1987 case involving his brother-in-law. The Miami Herald broke the story on Monday.
This attempted coercion of Rubio and intimidation of his family is something I’d expect from The Mob, not from an allegedly respectable news organization.
On the night of July 5, Rubio received a call from his sister, Barbara Cicilia. She was distraught. A Univision reporter had called her about the arrest and incarceration of her husband, Orlando Cicilia, in the 1987 federal bust called “Operation Cobra.” Rubio was 16 at the time. Before Rubio was elected to his first legislative seat, in 2000, Cicilia was cleared for early release.
Mrs. Cicilia refused comment. Univision then sent a news truck to sit outside their West Miami home.
On July 7, Alex Burgos, Rubio’s communications director, and Rubio’s political advisor, Todd Harris, held a 45-minute conference call with a handful of top Univision editorial staffers, including Lee, the news chief who handled most of the discussions for Univision. Harris represented Rubio as Burgos took notes. Rubio was not on the call.
Toward the end of the conversation, Lee brought up Ramos’ show and suggested the drug-bust story could change — or not run at all, according to Harris and Burgos’ notes.
Said Harris: “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?”
Lee, they say, responded with this statement: “While there are no guarantees, your understanding of the proposal is fair.”
Yet, Univision did not risk journalistic suicide just to get Rubio to step into the immigration cage with Jorge Ramos. These acts can only be viewed within the context of the ongoing Estradization of Marco Rubio; that is, the overt or covert act of racial borking designed to suppress “minority” conservatives at any cost.
Let us never forget Miguel Estrada, whose nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was torpedoed by Democrats terrified at the thought that he could become the first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court. Estrada was (and is) not beholden to Hispanic grievance groups such as La Raza, MALDEF, or LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Thus, he could not be counted as a reliable vote for affirmative action, amnesty, redistributive justice, or any of the other causes near and dear to these organizations…causes also near and dear to the Democratic Party.
Let us remember their smearing of Estrada as “extreme”, “outside of the mainstream”, and “radical”. Let us never forget the effort, led by Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy, to deny an otherwise highly qualified candidate (as stated by current Justice Elena Kagan) an up-or-down vote. Furthermore, let us remember their vicious smearing of Justice Clarence Thomas (which continues to this day) as proof of their intolerance of anyone who comes from a “minority” background and dissents from their worldview, or refuses to know his or her place within the liberal plantation.
There are those who make a handsome living by selling the twisted notion of submission to progressivism as proof of Hispanic authenticity (counter, in many cases, to traditional Hispanic values), and will do anything to keep that gravy train flowing. Some of these identity merchants (the true sell-outs, if we are to really going to have this conversation) work in grievance organizations, some work in mainstream newsrooms, and others ply their trade on Capitol Hill. They see Rubio as a threat, as proof positive that someone of Hispanic descent can win elected office without having to kiss La Raza’s ring.
The immigration grievance lobby, the institutional Left, and their media enablers shudder at the notion that a conservative Hispanic could rise to power without submitting to their ideology or otherwise owing them anything. They are even more afraid of the example that this could set for Hispanic children, and of what this means to the long-term prospects of institutional Hispanic media here in the U.S.
This existential fear is the main driver behind efforts to smear Rubio as “inauthentic” or not sufficiently Hispanic. It is the fear of irrelevance, and of Oblivion.
A Spanish-language version of this post is available at El Tercer Riel (The Third Rail).