Democrats Want Feds To Block Miami Latinos From Hearing Conservative Radio
“What better way to reassure Hispanics in South Florida that Democrats are totally not like the regimes they fled than to summon the full power of the federal government against a privately-held opposition media outlet?”
After Republicans increased their share of the Hispanic vote in 2020, Congressional Democrats are clamoring to use the force of government to prevent Latinos from hearing conservative ideas.
Multiple members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), including Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), the chair of its political arm, want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the sale of a Miami Spanish-language radio station to a company they believe will move its programming from a left-wing to a right-wing slant.
America CV, a Spanish-language media company, announced that it was buying Caracol 1260 AM this month. Soon after, it said it would change the station’s name to America Radio and replaced Raul Martinez, a liberal talk show host, and former government official, Newsweek reported.
Marcell Felipe, cofounder of the company, told The Daily Wire, “America Teve is being accused of being conservative because it is anti-Castro. We will not apologize for promoting democracy and opposing the Castro regime because we represent a community who are victims of that regime.”
Gallego lamented that Hispanics might vote Republican since those who preferred to consume media in the Spanish language did not watch CNN.
“For a lot of these communities this is the only source they watch, a lot of them aren’t crossing over and watching other media like CNN, so they end up being siloed in terms of the information they get. They only go to the trusted source so when that source gets corrupted, you essentially have a population getting one point of view,” he told Newsweek.
The two best-known sources of Spanish-language news, Univision and Telemundo, already provide a notoriously leftist viewpoint. Univision this month described moves towards Democrats’ scorched-earth plan to pack the supreme court as Joe Biden “keeping his campaign promise to unite a divided nation.”
Gallego asked the broader CHC to support his bid to ask the FCC to block the transfer. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) told Newsweek it would be “wise” for the FCC to look at the sale.
But Jorge Bonilla, director of MRC Latino, a watchdog group that focuses on Hispanic media, said the use of government powers to silence dissenting voices would likely backfire.
“What better way to reassure Hispanics in South Florida that Democrats are totally not like the regimes they fled than to summon the full power of the federal government against a privately-held opposition media outlet? Hugo Chávez would be proud,” he told The Daily Wire.
Rep. Darren Soto, a Florida Democrat, implied that Hispanics voted Republican because they had been tricked by Spanish-language media, telling Newsweek the sale “could further make South Florida vulnerable to the sophisticated Spanish-language misinformation campaigns perpetrated during the 2020 election. The ‘Big Lie’ about the 2020 elections, which was amplified on similar stations, has damaged this country severely already.”
From The Daily Wire
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