Reston, VA – Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement challenging Univision anchor Jorge Ramos to a debate a day after Ramos appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources to talk about his capacity to fairly cover the 2016 presidential election. On the show, CNN’s Brian Stelter asked Ramos about Bozell’s call on Friday for Ramos to be suspended from covering the election, due to the anchorman's public stance against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
A day after the program, Bozell provided his reaction as well as extending the opportunity to debate:
Jorge Ramos' contention on CNN's Reliable Sources that he is "just a journalist asking questions" is laughable. For more than a year now, Ramos has gone far beyond just asking questions in his coverage of the presidential race. As Fox's Megyn Kelly pointed out to him when he appeared on her show last week, Ramos is issuing outright condemnations of one of the candidates, openly taking sides and urging other journalists to follow him in doing the same. It is unprecedented for a journalist to bring this level of activism to the news anchor desk of a national broadcast network. Ramos could not be more clearly invested in favoring one candidate over the other, and it should be clear to everyone that he is no longer capable of delivering election news to Univision's audience with even a modicum of fairness. At this point, Ramos is doing a great disservice to both his viewers and the field of journalism by continuing to parade himself as anything other than a political activist. I challenge Ramos to a debate at a venue of his convenience about the proper role of journalists and the media in our society.
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