Univision and Fusion news anchor Jorge Ramos on Tuesday declared that “neutrality is not an option,” warning journalists they will be “judged” on how they covered Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“It doesn’t matter who you are — a journalist, a politician or a voter—we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump,” Mr. Ramos wrote in an op-ed for Time magazine. “Like it or not, this election is a plebiscite on the most divisive, polarizing and disrupting figure in American politics in decades. And neutrality is not an option.
“Trump has forced journalists to revisit rules of objectivity and fairness. Just providing both points of view is not enough in the current presidential campaign,” he argued. “If a candidate is making racist and sexist remarks, we cannot hide in the principle of neutrality. That’s a false equivalence.
“Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite were right; sometimes you have to take a stand. They did it against the dangerous persecutions of Senator Joe McCarthy and in denouncing the pernicious official spin during the worst years of the Vietnam War,” Mr. Ramos continued.
“Donald Trump’s candidacy has created the same moral dilemma and sense of urgency. So, yes, when it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorships and the violation of human rights, we have to take a stand.”
This isn’t the first time Mr. Ramos, a Mexican-American, has criticized Mr. Trump. Mediaite noted that the 58-year-old journalist was kicked out of a Trump press conference in August after shouting questions without being called on. Appearing on CNN a day earlier, he accused Mr. Trump of “spreading hate” by using the terms “illegals” and “anchor babies” in discussing immigration policy.