Univision’s Anti-Catholic Bias Once Again on Display

April 28th, 2019 5:47 PM

Univision’s news division continues to display chronic anti-Catholic bias, this time by injecting church sounds and imagery into a story about the Scouts, that has nothing to do with the Roman Catholic Church.

Univision dispenses with any subtlety in the video clip below, bizarrely inserting Catholic imagery into a story about allegations of widespread sex abuse among the Scouts.

BLANCA ROSA VILCHEZ, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Effective August 14th, a new law will extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault against minors. The current 23-year statute of limitations will be extended to 55 years for civil cases, and to 28 years for criminal matters.

The story is important enough on its own merits, and didn’t need any further inflammation. Per ABC News

An expert who has been working with the Boy Scouts revealed that there may have been as many as 7,819 allegedly sexually abusive troop leaders and volunteers in the storied organization, according to newly released court documents.

More than 7,800 individuals allegedly abused 12,254 victims, according to the court testimony.

These figures were released Tuesday by attorney Jeff Anderson, whose firm regularly represents victims of sexual abuse and has been involved in numerous clerical sexual abuse cases.

Univision’s New York correspondent Blanca Rosa Vilchez covered that very same press conference, and her report closely tracks ABC’s presentation of the facts of the case, as you’ll find in the full transcript of her story below. But the gratuitous insertion of church bells and pew imagery where none is germane to the story betrays the ongoing anti-Catholic bias.

Vilchez’ report serves to add guilt by association to the charges faced by the Boy Scouts, and attempts to cast the same level of scrutiny and opprobrium upon the organization...without ever mentioning the Church by name.

Victims of institutional sexual abuse deserve to be heard, to have their cases investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible under the law, and to pursue civil claims against their abusers where possible. What they don’t deserve is to have their pain be used as a cudgel against another institutional enemy, as Univision does here against an organization that remains structurally opposed to much of the network’s liberal agenda.     

Below is a full transcript of the above referenced report, as aired on Noticiero Univision on Tuesday, April 23, 2019:

ILIA CALDERÓN, ANCHOR, UNIVISION: New reports of pedophilia shock the nation. Judicial filings state that over 12,000 American children were sexually abused by nearly 8,000 Boy Scout leaders, workers, and volunteers. The chilling numbers were revealed today by an attorney who often represents victims of sexual abuse. Several of the alleged abusers are from New York, and Blanca Rosa Vilchez reports from there.

BLANCA ROSA VILCHEZ, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: “We don’t know where they are or if they were reported to law enforcement”, says one of the attorneys of several of the victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by people who worked- or who in fact still work for the Boy Scouts around the country. There are 7,819 names that are found in what the attorneys call “the Perversion Files”, and they state that the public was unaware until today. People who work in different roles such as coaches, group leaders, or electricians for the Boy Scouts, they say.Imagine- there are 12,000 people like me, says one of the victims. She was abused by her ice skating coach at the age of 15 and she reported her alleged rapist, but she doesn’t know where he is now.

BIRDIE FARRELL, COFOUNDER, NY LOVES KIDS: When one person speaks, and then another, and then another. And perhaps the bad guy is in the Boy Scouts now.

VILCHEZ:  Effective August 14th, a new law will extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault against minors. The current 23-year statute of limitations will be extended to 55 years for civil cases, and to 28 years for criminal matters.

FARRELL: It’s very difficult to speak out, but at the end of the day, it’s the right thing.

VILCHEZ: They Boy Scouts stated that they are deeply concerned for the victims of child sexual abuse and that all those involved were removed from their posts and reported to the authorities.

Victim support organizations further state that 90% of them (victims) remain anonymous, which is to say that the laws can protect them as they report their cases. In New York City: Blanca Rosa Vilchez, Univision.