Kathleen Krumhansl

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MRC Latino News Analyst


Kathleen Krumhansl Berríos is a journalist and advertising professional who champions fairness in all fields of communications. 

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Immigrants with criminal records and multiple DUIs have new cheerleaders at the Spanish-speaking media that will go to any length to prevent their core audience from shrinking, as evidenced in Telemundo and Univision´s coverage of new DOJ rules regarding deportation.



La burbuja finalmente estalló en los medios de comunicación de habla hispana que ya no pueden contener la vergonzosa realidad vivida por los hispanos en California, el estado que supuestamente lidera la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes.  



The bubble finally burst as Spanish-speaking media could no longer contain the shameful reality lived by Hispanics in California, the state that purportedly leads the fight for immigrant rights. As MRC Latino contributor Ray Cruz points out in a recent analysis of the nation ́s liberal Hispanic Media, “Jokingly and Seriously”; although 2020 Democratic presidential candidates prefer not to talk about the subject (a strategy replicated by the Latino media), over half of all Latino households in California struggle to pay for their basic needs.  



In their scramble to help secure votes for the Democrats and fulfill their leftist policy vision, Univision News continues to expand its “Latino Agenda”. The network is now openly advocating for the political platforms of leftist Democratic presidential hopefuls, and pushing for issues and policies that are completely out of tune with the reality of the Latino population to which they cater. 



It seems that the list of liberal news media receiving selective leaks from Democrats trying to prove President Trump guilty of …. What was it? – includes CNN en Español.



Just in time for Halloween, the nation ́s Spanish-speaking news media seemingly agreed to put a scary spin on the latest developments in the DACA saga. The words “fear” and “scared” are liberally sprinkled throughout DACA coverage, in order to frighten so-called “Dreamers” into action regarding their status.



Univision’s national Monday evening newscast included to what amounted to free promotion for liberal activists pushing for illegal immigration, complete with a closing endorsement from correspondent Lourdes del Río, who all but made a call to action with their contact information.



Now that convicted cartel boss Joaquín ´El Chapo ́ Guzmán is serving a life sentence at the ADX Florence supermax prison in Colorado, Telemundo fueled the lore about him as a bigger-than-life hero with a two-minute report on a new narcorrido, a narrative ballad in which the lyrics praise drug trafficking and illegal activities, that portrays him as a loving father and not a serial killer (over 3,000 assassinations in Mexico and beyond have been attributed to him).



In an attempt to demonize the current Administration´s actions to ensure undocumented families can be kept together through their immigration proceedings, CNN en Español interviewed John Amaya, an attorney who served in the Obama Administration at ICE and the DOJ, among other positions, and currently works for a private law firm dealing with – you got it-  immigration. His answers were “creative” to say the least, and raised the question: How much does CNN truly underestimate the intelligence of its viewers?



Yes, it´s true. People over 55 years of age are prospering across the nation. But so are Latinos - and as one Hispanic investment ace tells us, they are not the only ones, much to the chagrin of the liberal Spanish-speaking media that continue to make a case for an ailing economy about to crash and for Donald Trump to be deep-sixed.



A recent report by Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart seemed like a comedy skit given the subject: “the media’s responsibility in the use of language”. Even the opening sentence of the report gave away his preference for incendiary language, as he explicitly used the word “racist” three words into the feature. By the way, a quick look-up of our files revealed that at Telemundo alone, the term “racist” was used 60 times to describe Trump and/or his Administration between January and August, 2019.



Now that Mueller and the dossier are ancient (buried) news, the liberal Spanish-speaking media will jump at any chance (asides from its non-stop illegal immigration litany) to declare doomsday for President Trump and his Administration. Case in point: the possibility, according to Univision, CNN en Español and Estrella TV, of an economic recession that could put an end to Trump’s claim to credit for the current economic boom. 



Few things are more upsetting than watching the media, including the nation´s Spanish-language newscasts, turn a tragedy into a political issue. The massacre that took place at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, provided all of the liberal media with the perfect scenario to do so non-stop.



Telemundo´s coverage of the El Paso massacre included a softball interview to presidential candidate, Joe Biden, that began, of course, with a kiss, was framed in the harshest anti-Trump light possible, and ended with an opportunity for Biden to pander to Hispanics.



There´s no doubt about it: Hispanics are growing in numbers – and importance – in the U.S.A. Hollywood, in this case HBO, is paying close attention to the 60 million who make up the nation’s largest ethnic minority group. In its first ever Spanish-language programming experiment, the network recently produced a horror comedy called Los Espookys, with Spanish dialogue and English subtitles.



Since 2015 the nation´s liberal media, both mainstream and Hispanic, have stuck to the same rhetoric ttowards President Donald Trump like gorilla-glue, using his reference to the problems brought about by illegal immigration, as a mantra to conform to their political agenda. The latest example came on June 25th, 2019.



Never wasting a chance to grant prime-time exposure to their leftist darlings – in this case socialist politicians from Puerto Rico– three of the nation ́s Spanish-language news networks each featured one of these leftist role models during their coverage of the government crisis in Puerto Rico. The 11-day chaos in the U.S. territory ended on July 24th, with the resignation of Democrat governor Ricardo Rosselló.



Near the end of its evening newscast Telemundo, NBC’s Spanish-language affiliate network, recently had the temerity to treat its viewership to two and a half minutes of good news. Three cheers for a buoyant economy in which Latinos make up 63% of new homeowners in the United States.



The Trump Administration’s announcement of massive deportations threw the nation´s liberal Spanish-speaking media into a panic last week. Wide-eyed newscasters provided all sorts of advice on how to react to the raids and evade law enforcement.



Telemundo and Univision combined to spend almost five minutes reporting on the findings of a new Pew Center study regarding the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States. Appropriate coverage, one might say, for the nation’s leading news purveyors to the aforementioned segment of the population that, according to both reports, hit the 60 million mark.