- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2017

The CEO of the country’s largest Spanish-language television network blasted President Trump on Friday, saying the country is being torn by “a broader disease of anti-immigrant, racist, homophobic, and religious intolerance.”

While not mentioning the president by name, Univision Communications Inc. CEO Randy Falco ticked off a series of transgressions he laid at the feet of “leaders in our nation’s capital.”

He said those included “The hateful and grossly inaccurate portrayal of immigrants as criminals, terrorists and ‘bad people,’” and “misguided and mean-spirited efforts to break apart hard-working immigrant families and attack their language and culture.”

It was a striking political statement for a media network executive, though Univision, while running news programs, has always cast itself outside the traditional American model of attempting to cover news with a balanced perspective.

Instead, Univision has seen itself as a defender of what it views as Hispanic causes — and of illegal immigrants in particular.

Mr. Falco said he has, “and will continue to speak up” against policies he says are “spreading hate and bigotry.”

He has reason to speak.

A Univision reporter this week was threatened by a Ku Klux Klan leader, who was surprised when he learned the reporter was an Afro-Latina journalist.

“We killed 6 million Jews, 11 million (undocumented immigrants) is nothing,” the KKK leader, Christopher Barker, told the reporter, for a story airing Sunday.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide