Telemundo Still Silent on Clinton Scandals

The nation’s second largest Spanish-language network, Telemundo, was the only major network not to cover Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited Q&A session with the news media in Iowa this week.

Strangely, during the course of the past month, the network’s principal national evening newscast has failed to even once inform its viewers about any of the controversies surrounding Clinton’s candidacy, including the former U.S. Secretary of State’s compliance with federal requirements and White House protocol for her e-mail communications.

Since Hillary’s announcement, Telemundo has not covered any of the potential conflicts of interest arising from the millions of dollars in donations to the Clinton Foundation by foreign governments and individuals while she served as the nation’s chief diplomat.

Telemundo’s principal rival, Univision, did cover Clinton’s comments to reporters in Iowa. Despite its own close ties to the Clinton Foundation, Univision has recently aired reports on the #ClintonCash controversy (See here and here). On Tuesday night, Univision dedicated a full report by correspondent Lourdes Meluzá on Clinton's comments regarding various matters in controversy, and included contrasting perspectives from Republican and Democratic pundits.

Meanwhile, MundoFox’s report on Clinton’s rare exchange with reporters was limited to a brief 20 seconds, focused on the former Secretary of State’s irregular e-mail practices and the still-pending release of thousands of emails in question. However, like Telemundo, MundoFox has also yet to report on the #ClintonCash scandal.

Below are the translated and original portions of the referenced segments on Noticiero Univision and Noticiero MundoFox.   

English Translation:

JORGE RAMOS: Since Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy to the presidency of the United States, through a video released in social media, she had not talked to the press, but today she did—and that’s newsworthy. She spoke about her private email regarding the Iraq War, and the death of the American ambassador in Libya.

LOURDES MELUZA, REPORTER: Campaigning in Iowa, the presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, said that she would accept anything the Department of State can do to accelerate the divulgation of the fifty-five thousand emails she wrote during her incumbency.

HILLARY CLINTON:  “I have said repeatedly that I want the emails out. Nobody else has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do.”

LOURDES MELUZA: A federal judge dismissed the Department of State’s petition to extend their release until January 15, 2016, to revise and divulgate the emails. Just two weeks before the electoral process in Iowa begins in full-force.

A federal judge of this court in the District of Columbia determined that the Department of State will have to revise and release the emails through a gradual process. The judge granted the Clinton campaign one week to elaborate a calendar detailing their publication.  

Clinton provoked controversy upon becoming known that she had conducted official affairs through an online server in her house, and a private email account. 

FEDERICO DE JESUS, DEMOCRATIC ANALYST: She must talk about the issues that affect the middle-class; while talking about emails, Benghazi, or other controversies, frankly, are not priorities for voters. She must bring forth those that directly impact the average American; and she must do this quickly.

LOURDES MELUZA: But, critics do want to know, for example, about her knowledge before the Benghazi attacks. According to Alfonso Franco, a republican analyst.

ADOLFO FRANCO, REPUBLICAN ANALYST: Clearly, the main issue still looms about the emails she deleted. Those are the ones that concerns me and the American people, and frankly, the press too.

MundoFox

MUNDOFOX: The presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, spoke openly about the controversy of the emails. During a campaign stop in Iowa, She urged to make public those emails that have caused so much controversy. They are from time she served as Secretary of State and were sent from her private account.

Español Original

Noticiero Univisión

JORGE RAMOS: Desde que Hillary Clinton anunció su candidatura a la presidencia de los Estados Unidos, a través de un vídeo en las redes sociales, no había hablado con la prensa, pero hoy lo hizo—y eso es noticia. Habló de sus emails privados, de la guerra en Iraq, y la muerte del embajador norteamericano en Libia.

LOURDES MELUZA: En campaña en Iowa, la aspirante demócrata a la presidencia, Hillary Clinton, dijo que aceptaría todo lo que el Departamento de Estado pueda hacer para acelerar la divulgación de cincuenta y cinco mil (55,000) correos electrónicos que escribió mientras fue Secretaria de Estado.

HILLARY CLINTON: He dicho repetidamente que quiero que salgan esos correos electrónicos. Nadie tiene mayor interés que yo en que se hagan público.

Un juez federal descartó la petición del Departamento de Estado de que le dieran hasta el quince de enero del 2016 (15-01-2016) para revisar los miles de correos electrónicos y divulgarlos. O sea, dos semanas antes de comenzar de lleno el proceso electoral en Iowa.

Un juez federal de esta corte del Distrito de Columbia (D.C.) determinó hoy que el Departamento de Estado tendrá que ir revisando y dando a conocer estos correos electrónicos paulatinamente. Y les dio una semana para elaborar un calendario y decir cuándo los van a hacer público. 

Clinton provocó una controversia al conocerse que condujo asuntos de Estado a través de un servidor en su casa, y un correo electrónico privado. No es lo que les preocupa a los votantes con las que ella habla, dice,

FEDERICO DE JESUS (analista demócrata): Deben hablar de los asuntos de la clase media; y estar hablando de los correos electrónicos, de Bengasi, y otras cosas que, francamente, no son una prioridad para los votantes, pues. Puede traer de las prioridades del estadounidense promedio, así que hay que hacerlo lo antes posible.

LOURDES MELUZA: Pero, críticos de Clinton sí quieren saber, por ejemplo, qué sabía sobre el ataque a Bengasi. Según Alfonso Franco, analista republicano:

ADOLFO FRANCO (analista republicano): el tema claro sigue siendo qué pasó con los correos electrónicos que ella borró. Esos son los que me interesan a mí y al pueblo norteamericano. Y, francamente, a la prensa.

LOURDES MELUZA: Clinton también dijo hoy que está orgullosa del trabajo de la fundación que lleva su nombre [Clinton Foundation] y que se equivocó en su apoyo a la guerra en Iraq.   

MundoFox

MUNDOFOX: La candidata a la presidencia, Hillary Clinton, habló abiertamente acerca de la polémica de los correos electrónicos. Durante una visita de campaña en Iowa, aprovechó pidiendo que se hagan públicos los correos que han causado tanta polémica. Son de cuando ella ocupaba el cargo de  Secretaria de Estado y que fueron mandados de parte de su cuenta personal.

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