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Rubio Vs. Univision
IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2011 | Editor

Posted on 10/05/2011 6:31:19 PM PDT by Kaslin

Media: The president of Univision, the top Spanish-language network, made an apparent attempt to extort a TV appearance from Sen. Marco Rubio in exchange for not broadcasting dirt on a relative. Can it go any lower?

Last July, representatives of the Florida-based Hispanic national television network contacted the Florida Republican to urge him to appear on "Al Punto," a Spanish-language talk show whose host, Jorge Ramos, is a loud proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens. Like most Americans, Rubio is no amnesty proponent and said no to an appearance on the show.

But Univision wouldn't take no for an answer. Instead, the ambitious television network that reaches 10 million Spanish-language viewers in the U.S. set a new low in journalism, with extortion worse than tabloids.

According to the Miami Herald, a 45-minute conference call was then arranged July 7 and Univision's president of news, Isaac Lee, made Rubio's staff an offer he couldn't refuse: Lee's investigative team had dug up some dirt on Rubio's brother-in-law — a 1987 drug arrest — and offered to spike it if Rubio would appear on "Al Punto."

"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?" asked Todd Harris, Rubio's adviser, according to the Herald.

"While there are no guarantees, your understanding of the proposal is fair," Lee replied.

The Colombian-born Lee seemed to be channeling the playbook of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who famously offered his victims the choice of "plata o plomo" — silver or lead to force them to do his bidding.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: bananarepublic; extortion; rubio; univision

1 posted on 10/05/2011 6:31:19 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Rubio, take the offensive. Go on Telemundo and say exactly what Univision did. Then sit back and watch the fireworks.


2 posted on 10/05/2011 6:48:40 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Kaslin
[Isaac Lee] of the Florida-based Hispanic national television network

Univision is 95% owned by the shadowy Broadcast Media Partners, Inc. of New York City. The individual identities of the real owners are unknown so they can hardly be called Hispanic.

3 posted on 10/05/2011 7:54:44 PM PDT by mas cerveza por favor
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To: Kaslin

I don’t know about Latin America, but in the US extortion is a crime.


4 posted on 10/05/2011 8:22:03 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Kaslin
If they're doing this to Rubio now, imagine what they did to Palin when she was running as VP and afterward when she went back to being Governor.

It won't stop until it's made to stop.

5 posted on 10/05/2011 8:51:12 PM PDT by GBA (The Constitution and conservatism must win in 2012!)
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To: Kaslin

I have been told that Univision director Daniel Coronell is a communist. Probably also a drug dealer. (from Columbia)

Isaac Lee is also reported to be a communist.

Very bad people. GOP should avoid any envolvement.


6 posted on 10/09/2011 7:47:24 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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