Univision changes tone and campaigns for Trump: a tame interview sparks internal criticism

The unexpected turn of the main American television channel in Spanish, Univision, in its coverage of Donald Trump, at the start of the long electoral year towards the presidential elections in the United States, has unleashed internal criticism of the network in recent weeks. The most popular has been that of one of its most recognized presenters, Jorge Ramos, who in an opinion article spoke about the docile one-hour interview, without questioning, that the network did with the magnate on November 9 in Mar -to-Lake. “Democracy is something that must be defended every day. And for journalists the way to do it is to ask. Even if it hurts. Although it is uncomfortable. Silence almost never leads to good journalism,” Ramos wrote. “It is an insult to the Hispanic community,” said the former president of the network, Joaquín Blaya, after the interview aired.

In early November, three senior executives of the Mexican group Televisa, owner of the network, attended the meeting at the former president’s private club in Florida, the same one where the FBI found thousands of government documents last year, hundreds of them containing material classified. There, they witnessed the interview conducted by journalist Enrique Acevedo, who did not put the magnate in any trouble, nor qualified his words when he assured that only “drug addicts, rapists and people who should be in an asylum” enter the border with Mexico.

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