Ken Oliver-Méndez

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Director of MRC Latino

Throughout most of his career Ken Oliver-Méndez 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.

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. 

Latest from Ken Oliver-Méndez

The champion of the Democrats’ most far Left immigration policies emerged from the first debate of the 2020 presidential campaign as the virtual ‘favorite son’ of debate sponsor Telemundo. Immediately following the debate, Telemundo’s cheerleading squad kicked into high gear, with visceral expressions of support from both journalist Carmen Márquez and Latino Victory Fund Vice President Mayra Macías.

Instead of showing off its journalistic prowess, Telemundo’s much-heralded first U.S. Spanish-language media interview with President Trump showcased the network’s penchant for dishonesty and deception. One of the most startling moments was when anchorman José Díaz-Balart doggedly professed ignorance of a January 2019 NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey that showed President Trump’s job approval rating among Hispanics climbing to 50%.

Add Spanish-language Estrella TV to the disturbing list of media outlets that have decided to celebrate, rather than critically report on, one of the latest societal aberrations being promoted by the Left: child drag queens. Calling it a “beautiful story”, Estrella TV anchor Adriana Yañez hailed the nine-year-old Texas boy who last year was a featured performer in the Austin International Drag Festival. 

Trump administration measures to pressure Mexico to halt the flow of asylum seekers traversing their country are sparking a surge in support among Mexicans for cracking down on illegal immigration.

Showing its fierce determination not to cede an inch in liberal advocacy to arch-rival Univision, Telemundo, the Spanish language sister television network of NBC, has announced its decision to uncritically and wholeheartedly embrace climate alarmism in its coverage of climate and environmental news.

As has been documented over the years by MRC Latino, Spanish-language television in the U.S. has long been plagued by an overwhelming amount of messaging in favor of all kinds of gun control measures. Veteran Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, in fact, is well known for leading that charge.

The debate over newly-enacted pro-life legislation in various states continues to roil Spanish-language media. On one major national outlet there appears to be no debate, but rather a one-sided monologue. Check out the full post to see two clips from Entravision’s weekly political affairs show Politica Ya (and its prior version, Perspectiva Nacional) that are precisely a year apart, that showcase a strong pro-abortion bias, as voiced here by host and anchor Tsi-Tsi-Ki Félix:

True to form, the most far left Spanish-language television network in the country, Estrella TV,
provided totally one-sided coverage of public sentiment on the bevy of new state laws restricting abortion.

With the outbreak of controversy over recent state abortion laws aiming to challenge the United States' currently extreme pro-abortion regime, pro-life voices have notably been able to make their case on several of the nation's top Hispanic television networks.

During the Trump administration Hispanic unemployment has hit five all-time record lows, but the nation’s number one Spanish-language television newscast, Noticiero Univision, once again blew off the latest blockbuster economic news for the country’s largest minority group, which participates in the American labor force at a higher rate than any other segment of the U.S. population.

A Nevada bill that would legalize assisted suicide was the subject of horrifically one-sided, totally supportive coverage on Telemundo, the Spanish-language sister network of NBC.

At a clip of about one bald-faced lie or distortion every 11 seconds, Univision Washington correspondent Pablo Gato evidently decided the murderous attack on two mosques in New Zealand by a white supremacist was just the moment to pull out all the stops in his anti-Trump repertoire.

The ‘hate crime hoax’ phenomenon is alive and well at Telemundo. The Spanish-language sister network to NBC really made a  fool of itself in a story on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) annual “Year in Hate” report.

Just as he did in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is once again badly tripping up in his interviews on Univision. In his latest interview with the top U.S. Spanish-language media outlet, the Vermont senator's evident soft spot for disastrous socialist leaders and governments in Latin America left aghast both the network’s viewers and anchors.

Several days after the poll’s initial release and following repeated Twitter prodding on the subject by the President himself, the nation’s top two Spanish-language television networks finally got around to reporting on the big jump in job approval for Trump among Hispanics.

Once again showing systemic anti-Trump bias, the principal national evening newscasts of the six leading Spanish-language television networks in the United States all pointedly declined to report on President Donald Trump’s soaring job approval ratings among Hispanic-Americans.

Texas Pastor Ramiro Peña has been one of Donald Trump’s most prominent Hispanic evangelical supporters and advisors since the 2016 presidential campaign.

Tal y como MRC Latino ha documentado desde su creación en 2014, algunos de los peores prejuicios liberales en la cobertura de noticias televisivas sobre la política estadounidense van al aire por Telemundo y Univisión. Sin embargo, como también hemos señalado a lo largo de los años, ambas redes cubren con regularidad los desarrollos caóticos que ocurren en Venezuela donde el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro está tambaleándose y al borde de colapsar.

As MRC Latino has documented since its inception in 2014, some of the worst liberal bias in television news coverage of American politics airs on Telemundo and Univision. However, as MRC Latino has also pointed out over the years, both networks have also consistently stood out in covering chaotic developments in Venezuela, where the government of dictator Nicolás Maduro is now teetering on the brink of collapse.

En otra evidente señal de que simplemente no toleran más logros positivos de Trump en la economía, los principales noticiarios nocturnos nacionales en Univisión, Telemundo y CNN en Español, dejaron fuera de sus reportes la tercer baja alcanzada bajo el gobierno de Trump en el desempleo hispano, que cayó a 4,4% en diciembre de 2018.