Skip to comments.Univision to Go After Fast and Furious
Posted on 09/30/2012 4:17:57 PM PDT by DanMiller
El Presidente Chávez endorses President Obama
Univision Fast and Furious "Bombshell"
President Obama may not get as much Latin Americans support as previously anticipated. With Univision -- the "leading media company serving Hispanic America" -- set to broadcast a "bombshell" report tonight on Fast and Furious apparently focusing on the many deaths it caused in Latin America, his support seems likely to diminish.
As observed at PJ Tatler, Univision has not coddled President Obama recently.
Univisions anchors grilled President Obama about Fast and Furious during a town hall meeting on the network earlier in September, suggesting that Attorney General Eric Holder ought to be fired over the deadly scandal. Univisions prominence among Spanish-speakers could have a big impact. Fast and Furious victims have mostly been Mexican citizens caught up in the drug war.
According to the Daily Caller,
The consequences of the controversial Fast and Furious undercover operation put in place by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2009 have been deadlier than what has been made public to date, the network said. The exclusive, in-depth investigation by Univision News award-winning Investigative Unit Univision Investiga has found that the guns that crossed the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious caused dozens of deaths inside Mexico.
Among other groups of Fast and Furious victim stories Univision says it will tell in the special to air Sunday evening at 7 p.m., is one about how 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010″ were gunned down with weapons the Obama administration gave to drug cartel criminals through Fast and Furious.
Univision News Investigative Unit was also able to identify additional guns that escaped the control of ATF agents and were used in different types of crimes throughout Mexico, the network added. Furthermore, some of these guns none of which were reported by congressional investigators were put in the hands of drug traffickers in Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univisions findings the holy grail that Congress had been searching for.
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Univision has aggressively covered Fast and Furious, and its most recent major run-in with the scandal came when network anchor Jorge Ramos grilled Obama in an interview on the scandal, asking him why he hasnt fired Holder. During the interview, Obama made at least one false statement relating to Fast and Furious.
The viewership of Univision's interviews with President Obama and Governor Romney was slightly skewed in favor of Governor Romney:
Univision aired Meet the Candidate interviews with Romney and Obama -- on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively -- and slightly more viewers opted for Romney. The challenger's one-hour special pulled in 2.8 million viewers at 10 p.m., topping Obama's telecast by 100,000.
While the skewing in favor of Governor Romney was modest, I found it surprising that President Obama was not substantially more widely viewed than Governor Romney. Might it suggest that Hispanic voters' interest in Governor Romney may be increasing while that in President Obama is diminishing?
As noted above, it was during that Univision interview that President Obama was -- for the first time during a major broadcast widely viewed by those commonly seen as his avid supporters -- seriously questioned about Fast and Furious. Generally, he responded ineffectively with talking points. During the Univision report coming up tonight, likely to be widely viewed, some of those talking points will probably be challenged effectively.
Chávez' Obama endorsement
During an interview in Caracas, Venezuela's el Presidente Chávez said that if he were an American, he would vote for President Obama. I suspect he may have been truthful -- an uncommon occurrence -- about his views of President Obama if nothing else.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in on the U.S. presidential race, saying he prefers President Barack Obama.
Chavez also said in a televised interview that aired Sunday that he'd like to have "normal" relations with the U.S. government.
The Venezuelan leader says, in his words, "If I were American, I'd vote for Obama."
Like President Obama, el Presidente Chávez is facing a tough reelection battle. The Venezuelan election is scheduled for just one week away, on October 7th. Might he have been trying to present a more moderate Chávez than previously? I don't know; perhaps, or perhaps he was just flailing around. He has been doing a lot of that recently.
Chávez' opponent is doing quite well even in Caracas. Here is a photo of his rally today.
This may be the first time during Chávez' long time in office when he stands a better than even chance of defeat at the polls. Despite pontifications by our own beloved Former President Carter that the Venezuelan electoral system is the best in the world, massive fraud seems likely. Even if Capriles wins it does not necessarily mean, of course, that Chávez will relinquish the presidency. If he does not, civil war is possible.
What will the Chávez endorsement, considered separately, mean for President Obama's chances of reelection? Probably little. The biggie should be tonight's Univision Fast and Furious broadcast. Perhaps the Chávez endorsement will help Governor Romney, just a bit; the Univision broadcast should help a lot. Maybe the combined effect of both will be greater than of either separately.
“Is a significant part of the Hispanic vote likely to shift away from President Obama?”
NO, because it’s not about Fast and Furious, it’s about identity politics and getting the benefits from the welfare state.
When did President Obama become an Hispanic?
He may still get a substantial Hispanic vote, but even a small reduction would be a good thing.
The Latino voters in the US are being made aware by the Mexican media that the Obama administration used the Latinos as fodder. 300 Mexicans killed during F&F. That is the true picture of how this administration sees Latinos, pawns and targets. It is the ultimate in racism, bordering on genocide, to target Latinos as expendable in an attack on the 2nd admendment.
The ‘current-occupant-of-the-oval-office’ is also abusing his influence w/Muslim population in the ME resulting in equal collateral carnage with his support for what is commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring” aka “Obama’s intifada” - currently escalating efforts to undermine our first amendment as well.
That seems to be the case. Perhaps the perception will be enhanced by tonight's Univision broadcast. I hope so.
You are on target!
From your writings to God’s eyes.
Just finished watching it (in Spanish). It was pretty damning of Obama.
I was in and out for brief periods, but I never heard any of the “it started during the Bush admin” nonsense. They focussed on dates in eg 2009-2011 (Obama’s watch). They also played part of the recent interview he did with Univision, which did not go well for him. They also related the circumstances of the deaths of Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry (one of the family lawyers said he had asked for info from the US DOJ and others repeatedly, and had gotten no response (he said “one would think they are trying to hide something”
(not a direct translation))). Interesting twist at the end. The announcer did the obligatory 2nd Amendment and the US arming the enemy, but after the program one could ask if that meant the US government arming the enemy. (Of course no mention of the fact that the Mexicans have supposedly strict gun laws and also have a higher rate of murder with guns.)
UPDATE And now, some of the fit begins to hit the shan, I mean principled media. According to this piece on ABC, based on the Univision broadcast,
On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez. Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.Juarez is, of course, on the border with Texas.
Univision News identified a total of 57 more previously unreported firearms that were bought by straw purchasers monitored by ATF during Operation Fast and Furious, and then recovered in Mexico in sites related to murders, kidnappings, and at least one other massacre.Will voters like what they are now learning about F&F? Most probably won't.
Once again, it’s highly unlikely that this is going to make a big dent in the Hispanic vote for Mitt Romney. It’s about the benefits and identity politics, and Hispanics don’t identify with the Republican party.
You may well be correct. However, the election will probably be close and even a small dent may enough to put Governor Romney over the top. Every little bit counts. And, as the results of the Univision investigation are regurgitated, probably with reluctance, by the "principled media," there may be an impact on non-Hispanic voters.
Doing the work that MSM so-called "journalists" won't do...
Jamie Zapata...first time I have seen his name in the press.
Is it bad enough that many would stay home and not vote, rather than vote for Obama?
Suits me just fine.
“there may be an impact on non-Hispanic voters.”
Hopefully, yes, that’s actually more likely than a big dent in the “Hispanic” vote.
And by the way, the white vote is much, much large than the Hispanic vote anyway. You wouldn’t get that impression from the media.
Oops, I meant “larger” not “large”. Sorrey.
Oops, I meant “larger” not “large”. Sorry.