So far, coverage of Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announcement has tilted left on the top-rated Univision and Telemundo newscasts, with both networks emphasizing the perspective of pro-amnesty critics of the Florida senator.
“The truth is Latinos do not want him here,” said a Rubio protester featured on Telemundo’s national evening newscast. Both Telemundo and Univision featured the group of pro-amnesty protesters outside the Freedom Tower where Rubio made his campaign announcement, and ignored the much larger group of pro-Rubio supporters inside.
Hasta ahora la cobertura al anuncio de la campaña presidencial del senador Marco Rubio ha tendido a la izquierda. Las dos cadenas noticiosas de mayor alcance en español han hecho énfasis en las opiniones de voces pro-amnistía, críticas del senador de la Florida.
“La verdad es que los latinos no lo queremos aquí”, dijo una de las manifestantes entrevistadas para el noticiero estelar nacional de Telemundo. Tanto Telemundo como Univisión cubrieron la protesta en las afueras de la Torre de la Libertad en Miami, donde Rubio hizo su anuncio de campaña, e ignoraron el grupo mucho más numeroso de partidarios de Rubio en el evento.
On Thursday night, the top English and Spanish broadcast networks made no mention of the latest surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal as an Associated Press (AP) investigation found that the number of delays for veterans seeking care has not improved as the scandal approaches its first anniversary.
On Wednesday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC declined to cover the latest in the legal battle over President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration as U.S. District Judge denied the Obama administration’s request for an injunction that would have allowed his plan to go forward. Announced late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Hanen blasted the request and declared that the President’s decision to not enforce “laws requiring removal of illegal immigrants that conflict with the 2014 DHS directive” to enact amnesty only further cemented his ruling.
The English and Spanish language networks combined to completely ignore the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal on their Thursday night shows. The network evening news blackout, which involved English-language networks ABC, CBS, and NBC and Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision, was only the second such occurrence since the scandal broke after the evening newscasts on March 3 in a New York Times article.
On Tuesday, none of the major English or Spanish-language networks devoted any news coverage during their evening newscasts to the decision by the Obama administration to not follow through with a proposed ban on ammunition that is often used in AR-15s. The move by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) comes after an overwhelming response from gun owners, gun rights advocates, and members of Congress expressing opposition to the ban. FNC's Special Report did mention it during its Tuesday show.
NBC and ABC barely covered the possible corruption case against Democratic Senator Robert Menendez on their Friday evening newscasts. Together, the two networks set aside 49 seconds of air time to news briefs on Senator Menendez being "the subject of a corruption investigation over jet trips he took on the private plane of a Florida eye doctor," as Lester Holt put it on NBC Nightly News.
On Tuesday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC continued to report on the latest scandal involving Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email account while she was Secretary of State in what may have been a violation of federal law. On the CBS Evening News, substitute anchor Charlie Rose flashed his favoritism for his dear “friend” Hillary Clinton by wondering to CBS News political director John Dickerson: “Why is this story getting so much attention?”
During an exclusive townhall meeting with President Obama, MSNBC and Telemundo host and townhall moderator José Díaz-Balart twice pressed President Obama to further expand his administration’s controversial new policy to exempt millions of unauthorized immigrants from the application of the nation’s immigration laws.
On Wednesday night, liberal networks MSNBC and Telemundo teamed up to present a town hall on illegal immigration that featured President Barack Obama before a friendly auditorium of supporters and taking questions that ranged from softballs to ones from the far left that implored him to further expand his amnesty. The event was moderated by Jose Diaz-Balart, who serves as the anchor of both MSNBC’s The Rundown and Telemundo’s Noticiero Telemundo. From the start, it was clear that he was also on stage to play the role of advocate.
Early Tuesday morning, the terrorist group ISIS entered a village in northeastern Syrian and kidnapped droves of Christians with estimates ranging from 70 to as many as 150 people. For viewers that tuned into English-language network NBC and Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision for their Tuesday evening newscasts, however, they were left completely in the dark on this story as it received not a single mention.