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As expected: Hispanic media blasts Ryan pick

posted at 5:07 pm on August 13, 2012 by

It has long been my contention that Hispanic media’s biases are as unchallenged and unabated now as were those of the mainstream media 30 years ago.  Given their coverage of Paul Ryan’s pick as the GOP vice presidential nominee so far, I see no reason to back down from that assertion.

It is, in a bit of sad irony, El Diario/La Prensa (instrumental in my bilingual development) which sums up the Ryan-hate.  From today’s editorial:

Ryan’s only achievement during his 14 years serving in the House of Representative – he began when he was 28 years old – has been to push these past several years for federal budgets that are profoundly ideological in which the safety net is slashed – neither Medicare nor Social Security are spared – and tax cuts for the wealthy are extremely generous. Within this context, his unwillingness to compromise has earned him the respect of Tea Party followers.

The wording was actually softened up here vis-a-vis El Diario’s Spanish-language editorial.  Much of what passed for analysis on Univision’s live coverage of the Ryan announcement laid the groundwork for this narrative, by racializing the proposed social cuts in the Ryan budget.

Yesterday’s Veepstakes Special edition of Al Punto further crystallized the meme, when Jorge Ramos asked his panel whether the selection of Paul Ryan constituted a concession of the Hispanic vote.  The network’s English-language coverage picks up where Al Punto left off.  Mainsteam outlets have picked up the meme and are running with it.  Needless to say, the Obama campaign approves.

Let’s dispense with the false predicate that any of Mitt Romney’s picks was ever going to satisfy anybody inside the institutional Hispanic media. Marco Rubio was vilified from his election through the Univision smear campaign and his eventual sit-down with Jorge Ramos. Anyone else not supporting a repeat of the ’86 amnesty was going to be tarred as a racist anti-immigrant.  Any subsequent concern-trolling over the GOP’s ability to pull the Hispanic vote is disingenuous, and truly an insult to the intelligence of Hispanics from the South Bronx to San Ysidro and everywhere in between.

To believe that Ryan’s budget will somehow hurt the ticket is to buy deeply into the notion that U.S. Hispanics are pre-ordained to live as helpless wards of the State, unable to function without the benevolent guidance and assistance that can only come from the enlightened experts of our government Überklasse.

The fact is that Hispanics are just as exposed to debt and deficits as anyone else, and have as much of a stake in the coming debate over debt and deficits, if not more so.  For Hispanics (as well as other immigrants), this election presents a stark choice between a return to the promise of the America they emigrated to, or a continued march down the road to an America that more closely resembles the country they intended to leave behind.

Cross-posted at El Tercer Riel (The Third Rail).

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Remind me again of what the Hispanic unemployment rate is? Food stamp %of Hispanics?

Al Punto=No Bueno.

hillsoftx on August 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Was it in English?

tomas on August 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

But, since they are illegals and cannot vote, who cares? I travel in Mexico every year and love the people and the countryside. They, very stringently, enforce their laws that say that non-citizens cannot participate, in any way, in the political process. That’s a great law. Imagine if we enacted such a law?

Dingbat63 on August 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Obama’s campaign slogan should be “A Peso for me?”

tomas on August 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Note to President Romney: Get very, very serious about Voter ID laws, and purging voting lists of illegals.

VastRightWingConspirator on August 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

And not only all of that, but under Obozo’s Medicare scheme, a whole bunch of young brown people get to pay for the health care of old white people in perpetuity. Nice.

DocinPA on August 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Fine. Vote for Democrats, who love illegal immigration, which screws legal immigrants and native-born “minorities” most of all. Let us know how that works out for you.

Racial politics are an abomination.

ConservativeLA on August 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Jorge Ramos asked his panel whether the selection of Paul Ryan constituted a concession of the Hispanic vote.

How rude! Everyone knows we must continuously pander to those who’ve already made it crystal clear that they wouldn’t vote for us to save their own lives.

squint on August 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

wow, I thought us conservatives didn’t subscribe to identity politics. If the media is making a dumb argument and the GOP is not there is not there to counter, whose fault is that?

conservador on August 14, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Before Obamacare, if you were Hispanic and went to a hospital emergency room without health insurance, you couldn’t be asked about your immigration status.

After Obamacare, if you are Hispanic and you go to a hospital emergency room without health insurance, you will be reported to the I.R.S.

Be careful what you wish for…

MichaelGabriel on August 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Just left a comment on their page.
“Como triste. Yo había esperado mejor de mis amigos hispanos. Este editiorial es el odio puro. Otra vez, triste.”
Translated from
(How sad. I had expected better from my hispanic friends. This editiorial is pure hate. Again, sad.)

avagreen on August 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Romney campaign, LISTEN UP! I have many Latin American friends who ONLY listen to Univision, ET AL.
I have asked them about Fast & Furious and they ALL tell me that George W. Bush Did it. I tell them that POTUS Obama underwrote the whole project, and they all say; NO WAY JOSE!
They heard on TV that it was all Bush’s fault. The Romney campaign Has to create hard hitting Fast and Furious ads Linking Obama & Holder to it, PRONTO! Video showing hundreds of dead Mexicans culled from news reports with the
The quote; ” You have to break a few eggs to make and Omelette!” Narrative overdubbed should say: “President Obama, How many dead Mexicans do you need to make your “Omelette?”Is 300 enough??

blogforce one on August 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Furthermore, POTUS Obama has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the African American Community! Who in their right mind think that he will do ANYTHING for Hispanic Americans? Talk about being taken for granted.

blogforce one on August 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Here is the thing with Senator Rubio, he has just arrived in Washington. He will go far. Someone should just tell the Univision crowd that we LOVE him and want to give him time to be the best that he can be…someday, the President?

Fleuries on August 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM

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