Univision, the largest and most-watched Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S. by far, cast doubts on the decision of the Debate Commission and expressed “disappointment on behalf of the millions of Hispanics who do not have a voice in the upcoming presidential debates”.
We learned that CEO Randy Falco tried to woo the Commission by using affirmative action as an argument for a fair representation among the available moderators. Did they go too far?
Via Talking Points Memo:
In a letter to Janet Brown, head of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Univision CEO Randy Falco wrote that the debates present an “ideal opportunity” to include a Latino journalist like Jorge Ramos or Maria Elena Salinas in the moderator line-up. Given the importance of the debates,” Falco wrote that the moderator selection was “surprising.”
Background: Univision is not new to Presidential debates. Back on January 25, the network produced a GOP forum called Destino 2012: Cara A Cara Con Los Candidatos (Face to Face with the Candidates), attended by Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, and hosted by Univision’s news anchor Jorge Ramos. (Recap)
Bonus: Falco’s letter to the CPD can be read here.