Skyrocketing Hispanic Approval of Trump Ignored By Latino TV Networks

January 22nd, 2019 12:23 PM

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.

When the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey came out showing that 50% of Hispanics now approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as President, the top-ranked Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, Azteca América, Estrella and NTN24 newscasts all fled from the news like the plague.

The numbers were evidently just too much to bear and must have been particularly galling to those who push the prevailing anti-Trump spin on those networks, especially since the poll showed Hispanic approval of the President, at 50%, significantly surpassing that of whites (40%) and the U.S. population as a whole (39%).

In fact, among the national Hispanic television networks, only Telemundo even referenced the poll at all, and in so doing chose to turn a blind eye to the 19-point pro-Trump surge in the Hispanic results (substantial even given the 10% margin of error within the subset), instead focusing only on the three-point drop (within the poll’s overall four-point margin of error) in the President’s popularity among the country’s population as a whole.



ROGELIO MORA-TAGLE, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: This historic government shutdown seems to be gradually eroding the popularity of the President. According to a new survey, more Americans increasingly disapprove of his work.

In the past, all of the above-referenced networks have relished reporting when the President’s popularity among Hispanics is lower than it is among the population as a whole. But with those numbers now registering historic gains that contrast favorably with those of the general population in addition to coinciding with record-low Hispanic-American unemployment rates (which the same networks also typically avoid reporting) it proved to be a bridge too far.

Analysis based on January 17, 2019 editions of Noticiero Univision, Noticias Telemundo, Directo USA (CNN en Español), Informativo (NTN24), Hechos Nacional (Azteca América) and Noticiero Estrella.