From the Media Matters Report.
-funded Cultural Marxist
vigilante group Media Matters is always eager to attack anything
that doesn’t support its Leftist agenda—including VDARE.COM
and me, after I did an extremely brief interview on Fox TV. (See it here
Media Matters’ Simon Maloy subtly entitled his blog Fox News hosts columnist from hate website VDARE to discuss AZ immigration law .
It included the usual pro forma denunciation of VDARE.COM as “a virulently anti-immigration website” and of course referred to the Southern Poverty Law Center
to VDARE.com). Then Maloy dredged up some of my previous “inflammatory
But it’s weird to see a recent “expose” from Media Matters going after various Main Stream Media news shows—for “undermining Hispanic inclusion.”
Yes, really, that’s what it says: REPORT: Single Issue Syndrome: How Sunday Shows Undermine Hispanic Inclusion
[by Cristina Lopez and Jessica Torres, March 4, 2015. There’s a Spanish-language version too, here
What on earth is Media Matters complaining about? Is it because the shows don’t include Hispanic guests?
No, the problem according to Media Matters
is the topics that the shows ask their Hispanic guests to discuss.
Media Matters’ summary:
Sunday shows in both English and Spanish treat Hispanics as a single-issue constituency focused on immigration, according to a Media Matters analysis…While Latinos make up more than 17 percent of the U.S. population, the report found that only 7 percent of guests on English-language Sunday shows were Hispanic, of which 46 percent spoke specifically about immigration. The report also found that while the Spanish-language Sunday shows devoted great attention to immigration, they gave much less coverage to issues of similar importance to the Latino community.
So Media Matters is complaining that about half the Latino guests were invited to discuss immigration? Wait a minute!
Americans have been specifically assured by Jorge Ramos
of Univision that immigration is the most important issue that tells Hispanics where politicians stand. The MSM tells Americans they must really listen to Latinos (or at least, the Latino leftists who claim to speak for them) on immigration. Even leading influential Republicans tell their party how important it is to listen to Hispanics on immigration—otherwise, they´ll never vote for the GOP (which they won’t anyway
So is Media Matters saying that’s wrong? Is it saying that we should listen to Americans who want the border controlled and who oppose Amnesty?
No, that’s not it either.
Here is its convoluted reasoning:
Confining Latinos' perspectives to a single issue damages their ability to engage in discussions about the other equally important issues that affect them and the general electorate.
So, we must listen to Latinos on immigration, but we must also listen to them on every other topic—or risk damaging “their ability to engage in discussions” about “equally important issues.”
How did Media Matters arrive at this conclusion? Well, it watched “seven English-language Sunday shows” and two Sunday shows in the Spanish language for 18 weeks, including “the peak of the 2014 midterm election season and its aftermath”.
The shows analyzed: ABC's This Week
; CBS' Face the Nation
; Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday
; NBC's Meet the Press
; CNN's State of the Union
; MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki and Melissa Harris-Perry
; Telemundo's Enfoque; Univision's Al Punto”.
On the English-language Sunday shows, Media Matters complains: “Hispanic guests are treated as experts in only one subject, rarely invited to discuss issues other than immigration”. Boo hoo.
But even Telemundo and Univision came in for criticism. It seems that the two Spanish-language Sunday programs—and this is a big shocker—“prioritize immigration coverage over discussions of other issues that Latinos have identified as important to them” and
… devoted a significant amount of discussions to immigration, rarely discussing other domestic political issues that concern their audience just as much. Immigration was discussed almost nine times more than jobs and the economy and 26 times more than education, while health care was never discussed on these shows during the period of the study.
Well, Media Matters, why is this surprising? After all Univision’s dual-citizenship anchorman and Amnesty booster Jorge Ramos recently said that, though economy and education are important to Latinos, that
…immigration is personal. Immigration is the issue that tells us who is with us and who is against us; there’s no question about it. And it’s very simple to understand why — half of all Latinos over 18 years of age were born outside the United States. It really makes no sense to attack them and criticize them if you want their vote.[Jorge Ramos, Voice of Latino Voters on Univision, Sends Shiver Through G.O.P., By Jackie Calmes, NYT, January 23, 2015]
Jorge himself says that immigration is The Most Important Issue. So you can’t really fault Spanish-language shows for focusing on that, now can you?
What’s really going on: Media Matters wants more Latinos on TV and
wants them to push a broader Leftist agenda.
What we really should be asking: Why do we have so much Spanish-language media in our country, anyway?
Besides Univision and Telemundo, there are many Spanish-language newspapers. The biggest is La Opinión
of Los Angeles, which I’ve blogged about frequently (see here
). Guess who, by the way, is now a columnist for La Opinión
? It’s none other than Elvira Arellano. Yes, illegal alien Arellano, who returned
to the United States a year ago.
For many Hispanics, these Spanish-language outlets are their principal, or only, sources of news and opinion.
Don’t imagine that the major Spanish-language newspapers and TV shows are just American newspapers and TV shows translated into Spanish. Oh no, they have a distinct agenda–Open Borders (for Latin Americans
) and the Hispanicization of the United States
As a Spanish-speaker myself,
I recognize the value
of speaking a foreign language
. But these people don’t see Spanish in the U.S. as a foreign language.
They demand it become a language integral to American society,
particularly in politics
and the media
If present trends continue, Spanish will reach parity with English and even supplant it. Outrageous? It’s already happening in many communities across our nation.
Congressman Steve King
has just introduced the English Language Unity Act
. Now that the Republicans have majorities in both chambers of Congress
, why doesn’t the congressional GOP leadership get behind it? After all, polling
indicates the overwhelming majority
of Americans support English as our national language. It would be a winning issue, especially moving into an election cycle.
The next few decades may determine if the U.S. remains an English-speaking nation—or whether our politicians have succeeded in saddling us with the Canadian curse of official bilingualism
(Helpful note to readers: I’ve been writing about the problem of imported Spanish on VDARE.com since at least 2002—Spanish and the New Conquistadors
; “Nuestra Gente” And The National Question In Texas
. See also How A VDARE.COM Article Landed Me A Cameo Role In A PBS Documentary.
Below, some more recent posts).
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan`s wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.
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- The Ultimatum of Jorge Ramos– “With Us Or Against Us” January 24, 2015
- Republicans Designate Two Politicians to Respond to SOTU, One in English, One in Spanish. Guess Which One Discusses Immigration? January 21, 2015 (The bilingual media response of clueless Republican party.)
- State of the Union Spanish Subtitles Garbled–Why Do We Need Them Anyway? January 21, 2015
- Mexican Carlos Slim Now NEW YORK TIMES’ Biggest Shareholder – Any Conflict of Interest? January 14, 2015
- American Politicians Assimilate: Colorado District 6 Congressional Candidates (Both Non-Hispanic) Spar in Spanish-Language Debate November 3, 2014
- Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Tell Americans One Thing—Spanish-Speakers Another October 30, 2014
- Cory Gardner Panders With “Hispanic Values Ad”—But What About White Coloradans? October 25, 2015
- California Congressional District Election Hosts Spanish-Language Debate October 5, 2014
- Luis Gutierrez Makes Threatening Noises In Spanish About “Punishing” And “Being Punished” August 1, 2014
- Stop The Presses—MRC And Heritage Foundation Discover That Hispanic Media Is Liberal! May 24, 2014
- More on That Texas Middle School Which Fired A Principal For Requiring English In The Classroom March 24, 2015
- Texas Middle School Principal Loses Job Over Language Issue—Part Of A Much Larger Problem March 22, 2014
- A Spanish-Language Teacher Says “Basta!” To Hispandering Rep. Mulvaney March 1, 2014
- UCLA To Pay Employees To Learn Spanish February 22, 2014