Ken Oliver

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Director of MRC Latino


A journalist by profession, throughout most of his career Ken Oliver has worked at the crossroads of media and politics. Ken is currently Director of MRC Latino, the Media Research Center’s Hispanic media arm, dedicated to championing honest journalism in U.S. Spanish-language media.

Most of Ken’s career has been divided between his native Washington, D.C. and his mother's homeland of Puerto Rico. In Washington, during the last year of the administration of President George W. Bush, Ken was White House Director of Specialty Media, where he managed White House media relations with all domestic ethnic and religious media outlets, including production of the Spanish version of the President’s weekly radio address.

Ken also previously served as a congressional press secretary, evening news producer at Radio Martí and news editor at the NBC Radio Network. In Puerto Rico, Ken headed the speechwriting team of former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, served as the island’s Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and distinguished himself as an award-winning business journalist at Caribbean Business and the island’s leading daily newspaper, El Nuevo Día.

Ken holds a M.S. in Mass Communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. 

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Si desea conocer cuán distorsionada se ha tornado la verificación de datos como arma política en los medios nacionales, tan solo le bastará con mirar a Univisión, la principal cadena de habla hispana en Estados Unidos.



Si desea conocer cuán distorsionada y lacerante se ha tornado la verificación de datos como arma política en los medios nacionales, tan solo le bastará con mirar a Univisión, la principal emisora hispanoparlante en Estados Unidos.



If you want to see just how politically warped and weaponized the use of so-called ‘fact-checking’ has become in the national media, look no further than Univision, the United States’ leading Spanish-language broadcaster.



El presentador de Univisión Jorge Ramos, quien está inmerso en una gira mediática para promocionar su nuevo libro, anhela regresar a México gracias a que, tras la elección de Donald Trump, vive su peor momento en los 35 años que lleva en Estados Unidos.



In the midst of wrapping up a media tour hawking his latest book and on the heels of what he considers – because of the election of Donald Trump – the ‘worst time’ of his 35 years in the United States, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos now says he’s pining to return to Mexico.



A modo de un golpe autoinfligido, Univisión nuevamente acudió al desacreditado Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) para exagerar el alegado aumento de ´grupos de odio´ en los Estados Unidos durante el primer año del gobierno de Trump.



In another self-inflicted blow to its credibility, Univision once again turned to the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to hype the alleged growth of ‘hate groups’ in the United States during the first year of the Trump administration.



Con motivo del Día de los Presidentes, activistas liberales y profesores de escuelas públicas en Los Ángeles confabularon con Telemundo para montar un cargado reportaje en contra del presidente Trump.

 



Liberal activists and public school teachers in Los Angeles colluded with Telemundo to serve up a special President’s Day edition of Trump-bashing.



Con la clara intención de aterrar a su público televidente, Estrella TV caracterizó el anuncio del presidente Trump de crear el Centro Nacional de Escrutinio, una iniciativa destinada a mejorar la manera en que diferentes agencias federales trabajan juntas en la investigación de antecedentes de extranjeros que desean ingresar al país, como una nueva oficina de la Casa Blanca “para cazar a los inmigrantes”.



With the obvious purpose of striking terror into its viewers, Estrella TV characterized President Trump’s announcement launching the National Vetting Center, an initiative designed to improve how different federal agencies work together in vetting foreigners seeking to enter the country, as a new White House office “in charge of hunting immigrants.”



Los medios liberales utilizaron la iniciativa del presidente Trump de celebrar un evento nacional de gran escala para mostrar y honrar a las fuerzas armadas de los Estados Unidos, comparable con el desfile militar anual del día de la Bastilla francesa, como una oportunidad perfecta para retratarle como un tirano en ciernes.

 

 



President Trump’s desire to celebrate a massive national event, comparable to the annual French Bastille Day military parade, to showcase and honor the Armed Forces of the United States has been pounced upon by the liberal media as a perfect opportunity to portray Trump as a budding tyrant.



Mientras los medios liberales siguen obsesionados sobre la presunta injerencia rusa en las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, un informe de Telemundo levanta otro tipo de bandera roja: la posibilidad de que funcionarios del gobierno mexicano y los activistas liberales en los Estados Unidos estén trabajando al unísono en su oposición a políticas de inmigración de la administración de Trump.



While the liberal media remains obsessed over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a report on Telemundo raises another kind of red flag: the prospect that Mexican government officials and liberal activists in the United States are working together in their opposition to Trump administration immigration policies.



Parece que la estrella de Telemundo, Rodner Figueroa, no aprendió su lección de 2015, cuando fue despedido de su posición en Univisión tras proclamar en el aire, que la entonces primera dama Michelle Obama, parecía un personaje de "El planeta de los simios".



Parece que la estrella de Telemundo, Rodner Figueroa, no aprendió su lección de 2015, cuando fue despedido de su posición en Univisión tras proclamar en el aire, que la entonces primera dama Michelle Obama, parecía un personaje de "El planeta de los simios".



It seems like Telemundo star Rodner Figueroa has not learned his lesson from 2015, when he was fired from his perch at Univision after saying on the air that then First Lady Michelle Obama looked like a character out of “Planet of the Apes.”



The tendency to exaggerate how ‘bad’ things are has long plagued the practice of journalism. This common failing of the profession, however, was further compounded by Telemundo, when at the top of a national newscast coinciding with the first year anniversary of the Trump presidency the sister network to NBC made several highly irresponsible – and patently false – characterizations.



Se sabe que un mal perenne del periodismo es la tendencia a exagerar la nota, sobre todo al presentar cuán “mal” están las cosas. En el caso de Telemundo, esta inclinación también incluye caracterizaciones altamente cuestionables e irresponsables, como sucedió durante su cobertura del primero año de la presidencia de Donald Trump.