Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has lengthy advocated for liberal coverage positions all through his media footprint, irrespective of how far outdoors the mainstream they might be. The most recent occasion of those coverage biases comes by way of the Fall 2017 problem of Compassion & Decisions Journal.
You won’t have heard of Compassion & Decisions or seen it on the rack at your native big-box retailer. This publication, in any case, is solely devoted to advocacy in assist of doctor-assisted suicide. The article itself is a glance again at how the group introduced Ramos into the fold and obtained him to run an interview on a Hispanic mind most cancers affected person that wished to die. Right here’s how the group characterised the significance of Ramos’ assist in securing its coverage targets:
In 2014, Compassion & Decisions launched a Latino media marketing campaign in California, the place Spanish-speaking residents characterize 38 p.c of the state’s inhabitants. Their assist is important to passing any laws. Our aim was to coach and mobilize Latino voters to garner their assist for passing California’s Finish of Life Possibility Act.
We tailor-made our bilingual communications to create private tales that will join with Latino voters and inoculate them in opposition to the Catholic Church’s fear-based misinformation marketing campaign. We efficiently pitched tales that includes our Latino advocates, leading to a number of interviews with nationwide Spanish language media giants Univision, Telemundo and La Opinión. We additionally recruited labor chief and civil-rights icon Dolores Huerta and actor, director and activist Edward James Olmos.
And we obtained Jorge Ramos on board.
When it’s essential to persuade vital parts of the Hispanic inhabitants to desert a deeply-held tenet of their religion to be able to embrace your pet coverage, Jorge Ramos is your man. Ramos, whose anti-Catholicism is a matter of file, is an apparent match for Compassion & Decisions. His current infomercial for Deliberate Parenthood exhibits a willingness to advertise the tradition of demise, and pitch it to U.S. Hispanics as being properly throughout the mainstream.
However are Hispanics shopping for? Not likely.
If this Mom Jones article (subtly titled “Assisted Suicide Is A White Factor”) is any indication, it seems that Jorge Ramos has a really heavy elevate forward of him earlier than persuading U.S. Hispanics to desert long-held cultural norms to be able to embrace the tradition of demise. And that is a very good factor. Provided that the article showcases Ramos’ interview of Miguel Carrasquillo on Al Punto (which we featured right here), is it value asking whether or not assisted suicide can also be a part of Univision’s company “Agenda Latina”.
Contemplating Ramos’ frequent departure from what is taken into account to be mainstream throughout the neighborhood, it’s also value asking whether or not Ramos can credibly proceed to be known as “the voice of U.S. Hispanics”. For the file, I am nonetheless a powerful no.