- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2019

More than 70 percent of coverage on the major Spanish-language television news programs is slanted to the left, according to a new report Wednesday by the Media Research Center, which says things have gotten worse over the past five years.

The MRC, a conservative media think tank, studied the nightly national newscasts for Telemundo and Univision and found that of 812 stories on politics aired from November through February, just two had a conservative bent, compared to 570 that were slanted to the left. Another 240 stories were deemed balanced.

By contrast, the same study in 2014 found nearly half of stories were balanced, topping the 45% of stories with a liberal bent. And 6.4% of stories had a conservative lean in the previous study.

The slate is most noticeable on immigration, the MRC said, with 81% of stories having a detectable liberal bias, compared to no stories that leaned to the right. For example, those stories included 181 quotes or comments from Democrats or liberals, versus just 10 from Republicans or conservatives, the MRC found.

The newscasts’ reach isn’t huge, and has been falling. The evening newscasts on the two Spanish-language networks reached about 1.7 million viewers in 2018, according to the Pew Research Center.

Neither Telemundo nor Univision immediately responded to requests for comment on the study.

Slanted coverage has been an issue for Republicans for years.

One hurdle is that the GOP has far fewer Spanish-speaking officials or surrogates at the national level, leaving a smaller pool of people available to express views.

But the Spanish-language networks have also taken a different approach to news coverage, acting as advocates for their audience on major political issues such as immigration, where they are supporters of legalizing illegal immigrants and are frequent critics of enforcement efforts or legislation.

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