The annual March for Life and Women’s March have become back-to-back events for two large, sharply clashing constituencies. By covering the Women’s March 17 times more than the March for Life, the top two national Spanish-language television newscasts in the United States reveal their clear preference for publicizing the agenda of one march, but not the other.
In a sharp reversal from what occurred this past summer, when record-low Hispanic unemployment was met with absolute silence on the nation’s leading Hispanic television newscasts, the October 5 news from the U.S. Department of Labor that the national unemployment rate had reached a nearly 50-year low and that Hispanic unemployment had fallen to a record low received significant coverage on all the nation’s leading Spanish-language newscasts.
Las noticias nocturnas en las redes hispanas del pasado viernes y sábado reportaron de todo menos buenas nuevas, específicamente el auge histórico que está experimentando la economía de Estados Unidos. Tanto Univisión, como Estrella TV y Azteca América optaron por concentrarse en los acostumbrados ataques a Trump dejando sus audiencias a oscuras sobre el provechoso informe de empleo emitido por el Departamento de Trabajo el viernes, 7 de septiembre de 2018.
Friday and Saturday evening news reports on the nation’s Hispanic networks were about everything but good news – specifically information relating to the booming United States economy - as Univision, Estrella TV and Azteca América chose to continue on a Trump-bashing binge while purposely keeping their audiences in the dark about the blockbuster jobs report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, September 7, 2018.
The Trump administration’s winning record on Hispanic unemployment finally received a long overdue nod of recognition from top national Spanish-language media outlets Univision and CNN en Español. As unemployment among the nation’s largest minority group fell for the second consecutive, record-setting month, both Univision and CNN en Español trumpeted the news in their principal national evening news programs.
On the morning of July 6, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that Hispanic unemployment in the United States had reached its lowest level, 4.6%, in the 45 years since the agency first started keeping records on the statistic, back in 1973. One would think such a historic achievement would be news that night on the nation’s leading Spanish-language television news programs, but that was not the case.
La insistencia de gran parte de los medios de comunicación en retratar al presidente Trump como anti-inmigrante por defender las políticas bipartidistas de cumplimiento de seguridad e inmigración fronteriza llegó a su nivel más bajo, con el caldeado reporte de Azteca América sobre el nuevo anuncio autorizado por el Presidente para su campaña de reelección del 2020.
The insistence of so much of the media in portraying President Trump as ‘anti-immigrant’ for championing previously broadly bipartisan border security and immigration law enforcement policies has hit a new low, with Spanish-language Azteca America’s hair on fire report on the new ad that has just been authorized by the President for his 2020 re-election campaign.
Es natural que la cobertura que MRC Latino le brinda al sesgo en los medios hispanos sea proporcional a por ciento de participación en el mercado, y gire -por ende- mayormente alrededor de Univision y Telemundo, Pero como vemos en el segmento a continuación, es el canal Azteca América el más consistente cuando de sesgos desquiciados se trata.
It is only natural that MRC Latino’s coverage of bias in Spanish-language news be directly proportional to market share - and centered, therefore, mostly on Univision and Telemundo. But as this wild clip below shows us, it is actually Azteca América that is the most consistently insane in its over-the-top bias.
El sesgo mediático no se refleja tan sólo en lo que se reporta, sino en lo que no se reporta. Recientemente, vimos un ejemplo de tales sesgos.
Bias in the media is not just reflected in what is reported, but also through that which goes unreported. Yesterday, we found our most recent example of such biases. On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey came before the House Judiciary Committee and was questioned regarding the manner in which the agency handled its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private server scandal. But the story was blacked out of the nation's domestic Spanish-language newscasts.