NY Times Celebrates Univision's Get Out the Vote (for Democrats) Drive Led By Jorge Ramos

February 23rd, 2016 4:46 PM

Illegal immigration (i.e., amnesty) is perhaps the most shameless slanted area of coverage in the New York Times, and on Tuesday reporter Nick Corasaniti did his duty, filing a 1,500-word profile of Univision and its provocative, activist, heavily biased chief news anchor Jorge Ramos and his network’s new (Democratic) voting drive: “Univision Aims to Make the Hispanic Voting Bloc Even More Formidable.”

In a January column Ramos showed his distaste (shared by the NYT) for the accurate term “illegal” in favor of “undocumented” (again, the politically correct formulation favored by the Times.) He even suggested Latino Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz  were betraying their ethnic heritage by insisting on the rule of law at the border: “...most incomprehensible for many Hispanics is that the two Latino candidates, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, have taken such a harsh stance against immigrants who are here simply because they’re doing the jobs that Americans won’t do. Both Rubio and Cruz have broken a decades long tradition in which Hispanic politicians, no matter their family origins or political affiliations, tended to defend the most vulnerable immigrants in this country.”

Newsbusters has ample coverage of Ramos’s newscaster activism.  But Corasaniti mostly avoided those controversies in favor of uplift and spreading an optimistic “get out the vote” vibe for Hispanics, who voted for Obama by a large percentage in 2012.

About 11 million Hispanics voted in the 2012 presidential election, fewer than half of those who were eligible. Activists in both major political parties have been trying to increase that number, through voter registration drives and appeals over issues like immigration and wage stagnation on the left, and economic freedom on the right.

Now, so is Univision.

The company, including its top-rated Spanish-language network and many subsidiaries, is making an ambitious nationwide effort aimed at registering about three million new Latino voters this year, roughly the same number who have come of voting age since 2012.