El legendario comediante mexicano Roberto Gómez Bolaños, el aclamado Chespirito, murió el 28 de noviembre, a los 85 años. Fue el creador e intérprete de series populares que se difundieron en todo el mundo hispanohablante para deleite de generaciones de televidentes.

This past Nov. 28, legendary Mexican comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños, creator and protagonist of several television comedy series enjoyed for decades throughout the Spanish-speaking world, died at age 85. 

As to be expected, Univision, the leading Spanish-language television network in the United States, featured the news of Gómez Bolaños, better known as “Chespirito”, prominently as the lead story of its flagship newscast that day. But Chespirito’s passing wasn’t only the lead story on Nov. 28. It was the ONLY story during the entire Noticiero Univision broadcast, not only on the day of his passing, but on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 as well. 

Jorge Ramos casts a large shadow over Univision’s news operations, and is still held in high regard as a journalist among his peers and the audience he serves, notwithstanding recent exhortations to colleagues to drop the pretense of neutrality. Univision’s nationally syndicated radio operation - on the other hand - is dominated by a fiery leftist demagogue with no journalistic pretense, and no desire to pretend to be interested in offering a balanced argument to his audience.

 Meet Fernando Espuelas (which means “spurs” and is, I must confess, one of the cooler names in radio). His show is carried daily by Univision America radio in several of the nation’s top Hispanic media markets. 

President Obama and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos engaged in an early round of verbal sparring over the President’s record on immigration during a Noticiero Univision interview Tuesday. However, by the end of the interview, the President was back to enlisting Ramos as part of his team, tasking him with “making sure that people [unauthorized immigrants] understand what their opportunities are” as a result of the administration latest amnesty initiative.

The tone at the nation’s top Spanish-language television network was triumphant – and demanding – following President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty proclamation for upwards of 4 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States.

“There’s a lot to celebrate tonight,” Telemundo anchor José Díaz–Balart declared during Telemundo’s special coverage of President Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement of unilateral executive actions that include lifting the threat of deportation for 4.1 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, along with eliminating the Secure Communities program of federal, state and local cooperation in the enforcement of U.S. immigration law that was launched during the administration of President George W. Bush.


Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was in full “advocate-in-chief” mode during his Al Punto talk show this week. In advance of President Obama’s executive orders suspending the application of standing federal statutes to millions of unauthorized immigrants to the United States, Ramos invited two top supporters of Obama’s plans to his program, with dissenting voices nowhere to be found.

When asked about the ramifications of potential executive action on immigration, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested such action by President Barack Obama would "poison the well". McConnell need no longer concern himself with that eventuality, given a recent tweet by Univision's Jorge Ramos.

In its recent coverage of a speech Pope Francis delivered before the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Univision’s flagship national evening newscast made it seem as if the Roman Pontiff was the first in history to take science seriously.

En su reciente cobertura de un discurso que el papa Francisco ofreció ante la Pontificia Academia de las Ciencias, el Noticiero Univisión hizo ver como si el Santo Padre fuese el primer papa en la historia que toma en serio la ciencia.

When it comes to gun control, Univision has typically been right in sync with the rest of the nation’s major broadcast networks, which is to say, it has consistently advocated for expanded restrictions on legal gun ownership.Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, in fact, has consistently argued against the individual right to keep and bear arms. 

The bulk of the national news media has been struggling to come to terms with what appears to be a Republican win in tonight’s election. Among them, Univision is no exception. In several instances, the nation’s leading Spanish-language television network has virtually resorted to outright pleas in order to move its viewership to the polls; ostensibly, to support Democratic candidates.