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Last July one of America’s biggest TV networks craved to interview Senator Marco Rubio. Univision is the biggest Spanish-language network in the U.S., reaching thirteen and a half million households (95 percent of the “Hispanic” total), making it 4th biggest in the U.S., just ahead of NBC. Mexican-Americans make up most of its viewers so the network’s editorial tone essentially echoes that of the Democrat-controlled Hispanic Congressional Caucus.
Univision’s owner is actually an Egyptian-born Israeli-American named Haim Saban, who ranks among the Democratic Party’s most lavish benefactors. “I don’t say this lightly,” said Democratic National Committee head Terry McAuliffe back in 2007, “Haim Saban saved the Democratic Party.”
This summer Senator Rubio was asked to appear on the network’s top show, Al Punto, for an interview with Univision’s star anchorman, Jorge Ramos, hailed as “the Brian Williams of Hispanic TV” by AdAge. Ramos is a multi-Emmy winner and author of a bestseller titled “Open Borders,” which pretty much sums up his position. Marco Rubio opposes even the Dream Act. So the plan called for “Hispanic” Univision tinkling the tune and “Hispanic” Senator Marco Rubio either stepping and fetching, tap dancing or being outed in front of the vast majority of America’s “Hispanic” households as anything “but a credit to his race,” more like a traitor. Herman Cain knows something about this.
And like Herman Cain, Senator Rubio declined the role of Mr. Bojangles. So Univision cranked up the inducements. They had the goods on Rubio, they explained in a meeting with his staff. Marco’s brother-in-law had been busted for drugs in 1987 and they planned a prime-time expose of the scandal. Marco’s cooperation with an interview just might prompt Univision to “soften” or even kill the program altogether.
Marco was 16-years-old at the time and this was his brother-in-law. If this strikes you as hardly scandalous for the freshman senator, such is the desperation among the “Hispanic” (i.e. Democratic) establishment to damage Marco Rubio that offering to silence this item struck them as an offer he couldn’t refuse. Then the Democratic-Hispanic establishment would tuck Rubio in their pocket as surely as the Corleones tucked Nevada Senator Geary in theirs.
When Marco’s sister refused Univision’s offer to “contribute” to their report, the network parked a huge news truck from of her house to further harass her and apparently also to demonstrate their investigative prowess. “I always knew Univision to be a professional organization until this happened,” said Rubio of the blackmail attempt.
The “expose” on Rubio’s brother-in-law ran for two days last July and instantly fizzled, despite a publicity blizzard by Univision to their MSM soulmates. Apparently the tangent proved too embarrassingly tenuous even for most Rubio-bashers. Univision’s sleaze factor also nixed their planned Republican debate this January. “Even in this time of ever-changing media techniques, Univision’s unethical tactics stand out,” wrote Rick Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan to Univision’s CEO. “Therefore, Gov. Perry will not consider participating in the Jan. 29, 2012, Univision debate until your network addresses this ethical breach and takes action to correct it.” All candidates except Ron Paul are in lockstep with Gov. Perry on this issue.
Last week came time for “Target Rubio Plan B.” A front-page story in the Washington Post by Manuel Franzi-Roig (a frequent visitor to Castro’s Cuba, which he gushes over as “intriguing and extraordinarily exotic”) accused Rubio of “embellishing” his family history.
The WaPo’s Rubio-gate boils down to this: Documents they “uncovered” (in fact they’ve been prominently displayed on a Birther blog since May) reveal that Rubio’s parents came to the U.S. in 1956 rather than in 1959 as he has claimed in some interviews and on his Senate website. Castro took over Cuba in January of 1959. So because his parents weren’t fleeing Castro’s rule at the instant of arrival in the U.S. Marco “embellished” his family’s Cinderella story. He’s technically not the son of glamorous “political exiles,” as his Senate bio claims, but of tacky “economic immigrants” — legal ones to boot, making them super-tacky in WaPo eyes.
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