Hillary Clinton’s securing of the delegates necessary to obtain the Democratic Party nomination for President was the subject of fawning coverage on the nation’s top two Hispanic television networks, Univision and Telemundo.
The rosy coverage on both networks focused on the fact that Clinton is the first major party woman nominee for President, but missed another historical first: the first time a major party nominee is also under an FBI criminal investigation as she tries to win the White House.
While Univision’s report of the Democratic contest made no mention of the candidate’s challenges and overwhelmingly featured pro-Hillary talking heads, an enthusiastic pro-Trump Latina did make a brief appearance after casting her vote in California.
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHEZ, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Meanwhile, Donald Trump will also be giving a speech tonight in New York. His supporters went to support him at the polls today despite being the virtual nominee of his party.
AGUEDA CASTRO, TRUMP VOTER: We need improvement, and I hope that he will achieve it.
Telemundo, meanwhile, fully played into the sanitized pro-Hillary narrative, and featured a vast array of pro-Hillary talking heads.
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: Dr. Roque says that voting for Hillary Clinton reminds him of another historic moment for women in this country.
DR. ROQUE FÉLIX, NEW JERSEY VOTER: In the year 76, when the first woman joined the Army was when I first joined the Army, and they’re just as capable, or even more capable, than men themselves.
Both networks made only passing references to Senator Bernie Sanders’ announced determination to fight all the way to the Democratic Party’s nominating convention in Philadelphia.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee continues to potentially be subjected to prosecution under the Espionage Act for her alleged mishandling of classified information during her time in office as Secretary of State. The Inspector General of the Department of State already came down with a scathing report on Clinton’s dereliction of duty.
Below are the transcripts of the referenced portions of the June 7, 2016 editions of Noticiero Univision and Noticiero Telemundo:
6:31:07 PM - 6:34:31 PM EST | 3 MIN 24 SEC
JORGE RAMOS, HOST, UNIVISION: Good evening. Today, history is made.
MARIA ELENA SALINAS, HOST, UNIVISION: Hillary Clinton tonight will exceed the number of delegates needed to secure the Democratic presidential nomination at the convention in July.
JORGE RAMOS, HOST, UNIVISION: With the magic number of 2,383 delegates, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in history to be presidential candidate of a major political party.
MARIA ELENA SALINAS, HOST, UNIVISION: Well, today, Democrats held primaries in six states, in little more than a few hours the polls will close in New Jersey and New Mexico. After that, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota, and finally, California which closes at 11:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm in Pacific [Time], with the largest number of delegates, 546.
JORGE RAMOS, HOST, UNIVISION: From New York, Blanca Rosa Vílches tells us that despite being the virtual candidate, Hillary Clinton, remains cautious.
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Voters in the latter Super Tuesday, it seemed even more motivating to know that their favorite candidate is already the nominee of the Democratic Party.
OLGA FARIÑA, VOTER: This year will be a year of women, and I think Hillary is going to be a good president.
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton remains cautious until the results tonight, after the primaries in six states. But after the news broke yesterday before a crowd in California, she said she was on the verge of an unprecedented historic moment.
HILLARY CLINTON: [in English] But we still have work to do, don’t we?
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: [Translating Hillary Clinton] "We still have work to do today where there are primaries," she said. A very symbolic act, analysts say.
CARLOS VARGAS, POLITICAL ANALYST: The fact that the voters also have their say, have a voice, also gives much weight to her candidacy.
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Just eight years ago on a day like today, Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign to make way for Barack Obama in the elections of 2008. Today, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, offered her support after several months of expressing sympathy to both Clinton and Sanders. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders remains strong and shows no signs of withdrawing from the race.
BERNIE SANDERS: [in English] Right now I’m focused on...
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: [Translating Bernie Sanders] "Now I focus on winning the largest state, California, and its 475 delegates that are at stake today."
HON. ALBIO SIRES, DEMOCRAT REPRESENTATIVE FOR N.J.: We need to Sanders to join the party with all his voters, who are many, so in November we can have a united front.
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: This way, Hillary Clinton and the party can focus on the main enemy Donald Trump, say other analysts.
JOSE PARRA, DEMOCRAT ANALYST: Hillary Clinton will continue talking about public policy, as we have seen throughout the primary, and I think that will be the great contrast, that is, the key here is that whenever Trump says something that the Clinton campaign refutes it immediately.
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Meanwhile, Donald Trump will also be giving a speech tonight in New York. His supporters went to support him at the polls today despite being the virtual nominee of his party.
AGUEDA CASTRO, TRUMP VOTER: We need improvement, and I hope that he will achieve it.
BLANCA ROSA VÍLCHES, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Hillary Clinton will not be in California tonight, but has chosen this industrial area here in the borough of Brooklyn in New York to deliver her speech that officially she will become the first woman candidate for the American presidency in 240 years of history in this country.
6:31:54 PM - 6:32:10 PM EST | 3 MIN 15 SEC
JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART, PRESENTER, TELEMUNDO: Good afternoon, Hillary Clinton already has assured the delegates and super delegates needed to be the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, becoming the first woman in history to achieve a virtual presidential nomination.
MARÍA ELENA SALINAS, HOSTESS, TELEMUNDO: But today primaries continue in six states, and the results can be a strong support for her virtual nomination, and for Bernie Sanders to finally get out of the fight. So she is asking his followers to go out and vote, Bernie Sanders also. Lori Montenegro is in New York, where today they held primaries.
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: It's voting day in New Jersey. And also in five other states, including California, which is the jackpot. Dr. Roque said that voting for Hillary Clinton reminds him of another historic moment for women in this country.
DR. FELIX ROQUE, NEW JERSEY VOTERS: In the year 76, when the first woman joined the Army was when I first joined the Army, and they’re just as capable, or even more capable, than men themselves.
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: Today Clinton reaches her dream of being the first woman in America to become the virtual nominee for the presidency by a major political party. It happens on the same day eight years ago, that she conceded the nomination to Barack Obama.
HILLARY CLINTON: [in English, voice in an ad for her campaign] If America is to be a leader, we need to learn from women around the world who have blazed new paths...
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: In this video released today she highlights the women's struggle in this country, something that this teacher says is very present to her.
MASTERPIECE UNIDENTIFIED: And for women, we have no boundaries. We can get to where we want.
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: Estimates are that former Secretary has reached the 1,383 delegates needed to be nominated. But her opponent Bernie Sanders does not give up.
BERNIE SANDERS: [in English] Bernie Sanders is a stronger candidate against Donald Trump...
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: His mission is to achieve a victory in California, and use that to appeal to convention super delegates that he would be a better candidate against Republican Donald Trump. And that is because the super delegates can change their vote up to the very last moment. This analyst does not believe he will succeed.
JOSÉ FERNÁNDEZ, DEMOCRAT STRATEGIST: And everyone knows that Bernie Sanders would have to win 75% of those super delegates, and he knows he can’t do it.
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: What Sanders does after today will be important because it will make the difference between joining or further dividing Democrats.
KATHARINE PICHARDO-ERKSKINE, DEMOCRAT STRATEGIST: Bernie Sanders must send a clear and quick message to his supporters that it is time to put the fights with Hillary aside.
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: And the Clinton campaign are optimistic.
JORGE SILVA, CLINTON CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN: Bernie Sanders has said that once this is completed, he will do everything possible to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president and that we have a Democratic president.
LORI MONTENEGRO, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: And we are together here, where it is expected that tonight Hillary Clinton it will give a big speech, as she becomes the virtual nominee of the Democratic Party, and many in their party are eager to finish this already as the looming race between her and Trump will be extremely close.