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Odds & Ends from South Florida: ObamaCare “Commercials” on Univision


This week’s Odds and Ends have a Spanish theme to it.  Primarily because of the three news items that caught my attention in the last couple of weeks. 

The first item happened last night.  I was visiting my mom when I saw a commercial on Univision.  For those who do not know, Univision and Telemundo are the largest Spanish television networks in the United States.   If you speak Spanish, you know what she is saying.  If you do not speak Spanish, do not worry.  Just pay attention to her expression when she says, “Obamacare.”  You’ll get the picture:

My initial reaction was, “Are you kidding me?” 

Here is a major television network running ads for Obamacare not as an informational ad, but rather selling it, like another variation of insurance plans with benefits.   The sponsor of the ads is the California Endowment.  The California Endowment is a not for profit foundation created in reaction to Blue Cross/Blue Shield forming Well Point Health Network.  Interestingly enough, they do not take donations.  Which raises an interesting question-who funds them or how are they funded?

I laugh when people complain about the news media being biased here in the U.S.  Yes, MSNBC and CNN are trying its best to become a liberal alternative to Fox News, but the media bias in the national English speaking media is not as bad as Univision. 

Univision is what I call the “Mexican BBC.”  They will report from an angle that is pro-Mexican or pro-Mexico.  The truth is only a casualty if it does not match their story angle.  Univision takes advocacy journalism to a new level.  If you do not believe me, watch their stories involving immigration.  Each story advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, no matter what the consequences of the reforms are. 

Their devotion to the comprehensive immigration reform allowed them to aggressively question President Obama when he spoke with Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, Univision national correspondents during the 2012 Presidential elections.  Many bloggers commended Mr. Ramos and Ms. Salinas for their aggressive questioning of the President when the rest of the national media treated the President with kid gloves.  If they were familiar with Univision, they would understand why.

Finally, consider the example of Mr. Haim Saban, the billionaire owner of Univision.  If the name sounds familiar, he was also behind the Power Rangers.  Mr. Saban is described by Politico as “a mega donor” to the Democrat party.  During the 2012 election, President Obama nominated Mr. Saban’s wife for a diplomatic post.     

It would be wise for conservatives not ignore Univision’s bias. 

The second item deals with a May 21st post on The Corner.  The Corner is one of National Review Online’s blog.  The post dealt with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol concerning the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill. Kristol views the current immigration reform bill as too bureaucratic and recommended that Senator Rubio kill his support for the bill and to split the bill apart so Congress can address the issues in individual legislations. 

Reading this made me wonder, “Does Bill Kristol read dc dispatches.com?”  Here is why. If this true, thank you Mr. Kristol. 

The third and final item involves a very interesting question, “What is a Hispanic?” 

As the immigration reform legislation debate rages on, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was called a “LINO”-  Latio In Name Only.  The irony is that the person who called Senator Cruz a LINO is not even a Hispanic. Chances are he has no idea or clue what a Hispanic is or looks like.  There is a Spanish word that is synonym with LINO-arrepentido.  It is the Spanish word for one who repents. 

When LINO is used in the context of race, you are saying to the other person that he is ashamed of his heritage.  As I have written in the past, there is no such thing as a Hispanic.  There are Mexicans, Salvadorans, Columbians, Venezuelans, Argentines, and so on.   Each nationality has a different culture, and although Spanish is spoken, certain words and phrases may be acceptable in one country, but is considered profanity in another. 

Mr. Cruz is an American, who happens to be of Cuban descent.  He is the son of a Cuban father who left a tyrannical nation.  Like me, Sen. Cruz grew up listening to the stories of life in Cuba before the revolution and after the revolution.  He learned to appreciate the freedoms and the opportunities that were given here-where people judge you by the content of your character, not on loyalty to an ideology or skin color.   His love of this country grew because of the opportunities that he was given.  Mr. Cruz’s loyalty is to this country and to the people of Texas whom he was elected to serve.

Hasta la proxima or until the next time…

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